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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania; Moshi Urban, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Study Abroad Contact: Erica Rideaux
Program Description:
Tanzanian tree
This graduate travel course introduces students to Arusha and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania where they will have the opportunity to get first-hand information on nonprofit organizations, public service management and sustainable development in the country. The course explores the relevant theories, perspectives, and programs for economic development, social welfare, health promotion, and disease prevention, and the role of public and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in addressing these and other challenges of sustainable development in Tanzania. Students will learn about the impact of colonialism, government policies and their impact on development, the status of women and the spread of HIV-AIDS, the challenge of sustainable technology, and respect for diversity within and across national boundaries.

Dr. Raphael Obi Ogom holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Governments and Politics) from Carleton University, Ottawa in Canada; an M.Phil in International Relations from Cambridge University, England; and an MA in Political Economy from University of Calabar, Nigeria. He lived and worked in Canada where he received special commendation from the Prime for his exemplary work in operationalizing the Voluntary Sector Initiative. His research interests are in political science, multi-lateral economic development strategies, policy analysis, education, political economy, governance, democracy and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Ogom is available at 14 E. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1600.

All students will be enrolled in one of the following 3 courses:
Course MPS 604: Graduate Studies in Public Service, Non-profits and Sustainable Development (default program course)
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall
Taught by Dr. Ogom
Course meetings September 20, October 18, November 15 from 5:45-8PM
Course description This course introduces students to, using Tanzania as a case study, to how non-profits work in Africa. Beyond theorizing the dynamics of non-profits in both the developed and developing countries generally, it exposes students to an empirical validation of the various arguments on government policies, the environment, etc. as they implicate the ability of the Third Sector to foster public service efficiencies and sustainable development. In particular, students make study visits to a variety of organizations, self-help groups and cooperatives to consolidate their learning.
Course MPS 543: Policy Implementation in a Bureaucratic Environment
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall
Taught by Dr. Ogom
Course description This course explores the policy making process, from agenda-setting and policy formulation to enactment, implementation, and policy revision. It explores the role of various units of government (local, state, national, international) in policy-making and the involvement of the non-governmental organizations that interact with government. The course also considers the structure and role of the bureaucracy in the formulation and implementation of public policies. Particular emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of administrative organizations within the larger governmental system, critiques of bureaucracy, and administrative reform. Throughout the term, participants explore the systemic factors that mold public policies.
Course MPS 600: Independent Study
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall
Taught by Dr. Ogom
Course description The Independent Study fulfills elective credit in all degree programs. It allows students to undertake intensive and advanced study of an idea, topic or skill (previously developed in regular coursework) which culminates in a major research paper or project. Students interested in undertaking an Independent Study must first discuss plans with the Assistant Director for Academic Advising or their Degree Chair and with Dr. Ogom who is the faculty director leading the Tanzania program. To be approved for Independent Study in the Tanzania program, students complete a proposal detailing the scope and objectives of proposed research and describing the work that the study will produce.

To register for an Independent Study course, students must submit a completed Independent Study Application signed by the supervising faculty member, SPS department director and the student to the SPS Assistant Director for Academic Advising for degree audit purposes and record keeping. Once the appropriate signatures are on file, submit the online Independent Study Application Form to complete the registration process.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Accommodations for this program will be double-occupancy.

Program activities include participant observation/service learning, seminars at the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology and Mount Meru University, and cultural tours, including a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro highlands for a game drive (safari). Also, students will visit a variety of community cooperatives, non-profit organizations, relief agencies, and governmental offices to gain an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities confronting Tanzania and other African countries. Specific sites have been selected to provide the best demonstration of grassroots development from a Tanzanian perspective. Evening activities will include individual and group reflection on experiences while dining and socializing with other international guests at the Catholic Relief Services Hostel. These will be combined with intensive pre-departure classes in Chicago to give students a uniquely enriching learning opportunity as they engage in conversations with Tanzanians on issues of justice and peace, politics and social services to raise their consciousness on these global issues that face humanity using the African country of Tanzania as laboratory.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. U.S. citizens traveling on a U.S. American passport would require a visa for purposes of this program. U.S. citizens can obtain the Tanzanian visa in either of two ways: apply for one through the Tanzanian consulate or embassy in Washington, D.C., or obtain one upon arrival at the point of entry in Tanzania. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. So, you should contact the Tanzanian consulate/embassy for up-to-date instructions.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Plan ahead with shopping and buying necessities that you will need during the trip (i.e wet wipes, band-aids, medications, toiletries, etc).
  • Journal every night. Write down your thoughts and your experiences because it will be helpful to look back for when you write your paper for the class.
  • Do not form cliques- open up to your classmates and make friends with them. Being inclusive makes for a much more enjoyable time!
  • Ask questions of the professionals, they have a wealth of knowledge.
  • Do not expect luxury and be respectful. Tanzania is a developing country so there are some things that will not be readily available.
  • Take in the experience. This trip allows access to the culture, the people, and the traditions in a way that is not familiar to an average tourist.
  • Be prepared to camp. It’s a brief camping experience, but you’ll be happy you came prepared.
  • Take into account all health precautions- get vaccinated, and apply sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Be prepared to be around other people 24/7.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.