Why Study Swahili?

7 Reasons to Study Swahili at Wellesley College

Swahili is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world

There are more than 140 million Swahili speakers in the world!

Work with diplomatic missions, NGOs, and international organizations in Swahili-speaking countries

Swahili is one of the official languages of the African Union

Study abroad in East Africa!

Enjoy a Wintersession abroad in East Africa with its beautiful scenery!

Research in Africa will require a "Lingua Franca" like Swahili!

Swahili is used as a "Lingua Franca," a bridge language, in much of southeast Africa

Volunteer opportunities exist in countries where Swahili is spoken!

Never say no to volunteer opportunities!

You may visit or live in a country where Swahili is spoken

You can enjoy your trip much more when you speak the language!

Fulfill the Wellesley language requirements!

You need it for graduation!


Contact Us

Department of Africana Studies

Founders Hall 31
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481


Filomina Steady
Department Chair

Tel: 781-283-2565

Susan Lange
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 781.283.2563
Fax: 781.283.3672