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The African Studies Program has long been recognized as one of the leading centers for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. It has been a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center every year since 1965.

We are committed to being one of the nation's leading programs for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. Our diverse research, teaching, and outreach activities promote greater understanding and appreciation of the continent and its people. We also promote the study of Africa in global perspective by cooperating with other area-studies programs, international centers, professional schools, and departments inside and outside Indiana University. All of our activities are conducted in accordance with our values stressing integrity, excellence, diversity, community, collaboration, and creativity.

Upcoming Events ♦ Announcements

Swahili STARTALK 2015
We are excited to announce that Indiana University will be offering the Swahili STARTALK Program for a sixth season this summer!

8th-12th graders in Bloomington, Bedford, and surrounding areas are invited to participate in this intensive, four-week, non-residential Swahili course at the Bloomington campus, June 15th to July 10th, 2015.

Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9am-2:45pm; Tuition and Lunch are provided by the program.

This is an exciting opportunity for high school age students to become conversant in an African language, earn pre-college foreign language credits from Indiana University, and broaden their cultural horizons. 
Additional information, photos from previous years' classes and the online application form are all available at the following site: or check out our facebook page:

Applications due May 30 

Feel free to contact Program Coordinator Meg Arenberg at with any questions.