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  • Locations: Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) 
  • Restrictions: WKU applicants only
  • Program Cost:: Winter
Program Dates:
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Executives in Zanzibar Winter

Open to professionals enrolled in executive MHA, MBA and MPA programs, the KIIS Executives in Zanzibar program is a two-week winter study abroad/internship program.

Based in the world heritage sites of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania,
KIIS Zanzibar the program offers a 3-credit hour course that is designed to offer U.S. administrative professionals in health and business sectors with an opportunity to engage in collaborative learning and internships alongside their Tanzanian counterparts. The students will learn about the organization of health services and business structure in Tanzania. MHA students will be attached with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and its affiliates, while MBA/MPA students will be involved with the Zanzibar National/Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (ZNCCIA/TCCIA) for their learning experience.

Although Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania, it has its own government that is subordinate to the union government. The government set up as well as the reforms in both health and business sectors currently taking place on the Island of Zanzibar create an enriched learning environment that also facilitates critical comparisons between the U.S. and Tanzania.

While in Zanzibar, students will make tours of cultural and historic sites relevant to their disciplines. Guest speaking events and assessment of community development projects will be included as part of the learning process. Specifically, the program will use the following model.

Academic Program
Courses are designed as applied learning experience with health and business organizations; students will participate in administrative activities relevant to their disciplines. Each local agency participating in the program will provide supervision to the students in collaboration with the program director/faculty in the program. Study sites have been selected to provide students with rich administrative experiences through a selected combination of these responsibilities:

  • Work with/assist officials with the core administrative activities of the agency
  • Observe/shadow officials as they interact with clients
  •  Provide office support/management
  •  Analyze MOH & ZNCCIA/TCCIA data then compare Tanzania & US trends and policies
  •  Participate in agency outreach programs
  •  Engage in collaborative learning with the agency (or affiliate) officials
  •  Perform related activities as recommended by the supervisor
  •  Maintain an individual journal for hours, activities and supervisor comments
  •  Prepare a group presentation (MHA/MBA) to the agency audience (SWOT Analysis) from what was learned from the agency
  •  Prepare an individual report describing the administrative internship experience
  •  Evaluations: (a) agency/preceptor will evaluate the student; (b) student self-assessment; (c) faculty assessment of student's overall performance.

Credits earned by executive students may substitute for internship requirements. Since MHA/MBA executive programs are designed for working professionals, one of the big challenges facing such programs is in finding meaningful internship placements that can offer students with different or new experiences from their regular jobs. The Executives in Zanzibar Winter program, taken as an applied learning study abroad program, provides the best alternative to internships for students in executive programs.


Winter 2018-2019 Course Offerings:

HCA 347*/572: Special Topics: Comparative Health Systems (3 hours) for MHA/MPA Student

*Fulfills Colonnade Connections: Local to Global

For course descriptions, click here.


While on the enchanted Islands of Zanzibar, participants will enjoy accommodations in the historic Stone Town B&B hotels that provide magnificent views of interesting sites of Zanzibar including the harbor, house of wonder and the new town area. Rooms are double occupancy. Zanzibar is mainly a tourist destination; hotels in almost all island locations are designed to offer the level of comfort that meets basic tourist standards. Internet access is available in all hotel locations. Several trips to the world famous Forodhani Gardens for outdoor dining and interactions with other foreigners on the island will be made during the program.