Swahili is the national language of multiple East African countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, as well as being a lingua franca for the East African region. It is spoken by roughly 150 million people, making it the most widely spoken of African-origin languages. Additionally, Swahili is one of the fastest-growing languages in one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, both in terms of population as well as economic growth and foreign investment.
These factors have made Swahili a priority language for the U.S. government, with the State Department adding it to its list of “Critical Languages”, indicating the level of demand in the U.S. for speakers of Swahili.
Our Swahili Language and Cultural Institute places students in stunning Zanzibar, off the coast of East Africa, known as the birthplace of the Swahili language and, for thousands of years, as a crossroads and base of commerce between major civilizations. From the Phoenicians to Indians, Arabs, Persians and more recent European civilizations, Zanzibar has a rich, multicultural history and personality.
Participants will spend a summer based in the historic center of the island (Stone Town), fully immersing in Zanzibari culture and the Swahili language while taking intensive courses at the top university in the country.
Arabic is the native language of over 350 million people, is the official language of 22 countries in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region, and is one of the six official languages of the UN.
However, in the United States, Arabic is only spoken by less than 1% of the population, even though it is the fastest-growing language in the US. This, in addition to extensive commercial, diplomatic, and other interests in the MENA region, is among the reasons that Arabic is classified as a “Critical Language” by the State Department. American speakers of Arabic have a wide array of career opportunities, both domestically and internationally.
Our Arabic Language and Cultural Institute takes place in historic medina of Fez, often considered the cultural capital of Morocco, at one of the pre-eminent Arabic language facilities in the MENA region.
Participants will be housed with local Moroccan families to maximize interactions in Arabic as well as to foster deeper cultural understanding and exposure. Students will also have the option of participating in a community engagement project or local internship, which will also assist in the language learning experience.
Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken native language in the world, with roughly a billion native speakers. It is also one of the official languages at the United Nations, as well as being a lingua franca for much of East Asia. In the United States, by contrast, only around 2% of the population can communicate in Mandarin, with the vast majority being native or heritage speakers.
Thus, there is a huge demand for speakers of Mandarin as a second language, particularly in business and foreign affairs. Mandarin is also on the short list of languages classified as “Critical Languages” by the US State Department.
Diversity Global’s Mandarin Language and Cultural Institute places participants in Taipei, the modern, bustling yet charming capital of the Republic of China, for an intensive 12-week program.
Students will have the opportunity to stay with a local Taiwanese family for the duration, and will study at one of Taiwan and East Asia’s premier universities in the center of Taipei. The program is designed to fast-track the language learning process, with particular emphasis on becoming conversationally proficient in the language.
The Portuguese language is the sixth-most spoken language in the world, spoken widely and as an official language in countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Due to its being spoken in Brazil, the world’s 8th most populous country, and in oil-rich parts of Africa, among other reasons,
Portuguese has been added to the State Department’s list of “Critical Languages”. From the Brazilian Amazon to oil-rich Angola, all the way to Macau in East Asia and back to stunning Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, the Portuguese language opens doors around the world.
Our Portuguese Language and Cultural Institute takes place right at the source in beautiful Porto, Portugal. With its mild climate, ideal location right where the Douro river meets the Atlantic, active university scene, medieval architecture, incredibly safe setting, tasty culinary offering, and diverse population (you’ll encounter people from Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, and all over Europe), Porto is hard to beat as a destination to learn Portuguese.
Our Institute takes place over 8 weeks, and composed of preparatory language courses, an intensive language program,and a private refresher course at the end, as well as cultural contextualization seminars and excursions.
The program is designed to fast-track Portuguese language acquisition, with ample opportunity to study and practice the language in both a formal and informal setting, in classes at one of Europe’s top universities as well as in a homestay setting.