The academic year program at the State University of Zanzibar consists of daily private tutorials and intensive small-group instruction. In the fall semester, participants attend lectures and seminars in their fields of specialization alongside Tanzanian students, and they receive credits from Bryn Mawr College.
In the spring semester, participants will have internships with a variety of private or governmental institutions, and will be able to enroll in a university course, based on their field of interest.
Participants are expected to master professional discourse and register sufficient for a broad range of communicative functions such as negotiation, presentations, impromptu interpretation, and representation of the host organization in a range of venues. Informal program components include excursions and cultural events, Flagship Discussion Club meetings, special interest activities, and volunteer opportunities. The summer-only program will be intensive language learning.
A full-time U.S. resident director oversees the Swahili Overseas Flagship Program on the ground. The U.S. resident director accompanies the group; serves as a liaison between university administrators, faculty, and U.S. participants; monitors the academic and cultural programs; and assists U.S. participants as they adjust (or re-adapt) to life in Tanzania. The resident director is available at all times to assist in the event of emergencies. The resident director works in collaboration with the academic coordinator, who is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of the residential programs