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Swahili 1 Beginners


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


This Swahili course will teach you Swahili in a practical and interactive way. After the first lesson you will be able to greet someone in Swahili as well as to introduce yourself. Understanding the structure of Swahili enables you to speak Swahili. During the lectures we will explain the grammar and practice Swahili through conversation, games and music. Since language and culture are so intertwined you will learn a lot about the culture. After completing this course you will be able to have an elementary conversation in Swahili.

Course objectives

Objectives of the Swahili course: A1/A2:

  • Speaking: A common conversation about familiar subjects like family, your work and where you live. You will be able to do your shopping.

  • Listening: To understand a standard speech about common subjects. You will be able to catch the main point in messages and announcements provided people talk slowly.

  • Reading: You will be able to read short, simple texts, menus, timetables, small personal letters as well as advertisements.

  • Writing: You will be able to write notes, short messages and letters.
    Although the course will start off in English, students should bear in mind that as soon as they have acquired certain knowledge in Swahili they will have to apply this knowledge during the lectures.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a 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.

Course Load

  • Total course load for the course = 280 hours.

  • Attending classes = 72 hrs (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities = 208 hrs

Assessment method

1 Exam 1 chapter 1-3 20 %
2 Exam 2 chapter 1-9 20%
3 Listening and comprehension chapter 1 – 3 10%
4 Presentation (written and oral) 20%
5 Oral exam 20%
6 During class – on going (diary etc.) 10%

The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing

  • Written dialogue

  • Vocabulary and grammar


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Course material: Swahili course by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum (€40)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


T.I.D. Schipper, email


Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.