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Swahili 3 (Upper-)Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Prerequisites: Swahili 1 and 2


During this course you will gain more in-depth knowledge of Swahili.
We will mainly use portfolio’s to enable you to focus on different subjects like history, gender issues and culture. After reading about a certain subject you will learn the vocabulary and grammar you need to write, talk and listen about this subject. This way we will explore the language to the full.

Course objectives

Objective of the course Swahili 3 is to reach level B1 (Common European Framework of Reference).

More specifically, after completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Have a common conversation about different subjects like work, life in general, culture, politics and economics.

  • Understand a standard speech or a presentation about the above mentioned subjects.

  • Read short stories, some newspaper articles and advertisements.

  • Write a short paper about a certain subject.


The timetable will be available on the BA International Studies website this autumn.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method

  • Written exam

  • Oral exam

  • Presentations


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  • Swahili course (part 3) by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum and portfolio’s.


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.