African Language Program

The Center for African Studies succeeded in getting both the Title VI NRC and FLAS grants from the US Department of Education. The NRC includes funds for adding courses in Amharic and Igbo, while FLAS grants will go towards supporting graduate students seeking advanced training in African languages. FLAS funds are also available to undergraduate students (with limitations), who are at the intermediate level. More information about Title VI NRC and FLAS grant are to be found in the following links: 

(i) FLAS: 

(ii) Title VI Center: 


Students seeking to satisfy their foreign language requirement may use Swahili and some of the other African languages that are taught in the department. More information about about UC Berkeley’s foreign language requirement is found in the following link:


The department of African American Studies at the University of California Berkeley will once again be offering Intensive Elementary Swahili during the summer of 2019. This is an 8-week language study that is equivalent to two semesters of Elementary Swahili during the regular academic year. Kindly spread the word far and wide concerning this opportunity to study the most widely spoken African language with 150 million speakers and ranked 7th in the world. Detailed information about the course is contained in the following link and the attached poster: