WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$246 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Kiswahili
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Performing Arts
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Easily the most important indigenous African language, Kiswahili is one of the two most widely spoken African languages, alongside Hausa. With an estimated 50 million speakers (compared to Hausa’s estimated 25 million), Kiswahili’s significance on the African continent is impossible to underestimate.

The development of the Kiswahili language, with its powerful Arab and colonial influences, makes it an intriguing point of study for linguists, historians as well as Africa focused enterprises. Kiswahili is classified as a member of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo subfamily of the African language family. An estimated 15 primary Kiswahili dialects are in existence (with disregard to its various pidgin forms).

There are three dominant dialects. The first, Kiunguja, is spoken on Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania. This serves as the basis for the standard Kiswahili language. The remaining two are Kimvita (which is spoken in Mombasa and Kenya) and Kiamu (which is spoken on the Kenyan island of Lamu and adjacent coastal areas).

The oldest recorded evidence of written Kiswahili dates to the early 18th century. Efforts to standardise the Kiswahili language were undertaken by British colonial authorities in the 1930s.

Whiles working with local African scholars and writers, British authorities determined that the Kiunguja dialect of Zanzibar and Tanzania should serve as the basis for a standard Kiswahili, both spoken and written. Kiswahili is currently spoken on the eastern coast of Africa in an area ranging from the Lamu Island of Kenya in the north to southern Tanzania. It is predominantly found in Kenya,Tanzania, Congo and Uganda.

Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, examinations and projects TEACHING METHODS Class discussion, translation workshops, assignments, oral and written assessments.

At the end of this programme, students must:
• Show a depth of knowledge of Swahili culture and civilisation.
• Speak, write and read Kiswahili with relative ease.
• Demonstrate an ability to translate and interpret to and from Kiswahili..


LEVEL 100 (First Year)

Course code Course Description Course credit
SWAH 111 Introduction to Swahili Language Structure 2
SWAH 112# Elementary Swahili 2
SWAH 113 Oral 2
SWAH 114 Conversational Drills 2
SWAH 115 Introduction to the History of the Language 2
SWAH 116 Introduction to the History of the Language Swahili Literature 2


SWAH 221 Intermediate Swahili Grammar 2
SWAH 222 Structure and Usage of Swahili Language 2
SWAH 223 Oral I 1
SWAH 224 Oral II 1
SWAH 225 History and Civilisation of Swahili People 2
SWAH 226 Aspects of the Development of the Swahili
Language and Literature 2


SWAH 331# Language Proficiency 2
SWAH 332# Aspects of Swahili Grammar 2
SWAH 333 Oral I 1
SWAH 334 Oral II 1
SWAH 335 Introduction to Swahili Literature of the 17th – 20th Century 2
SWAH 336 Study of Swahili Poetic Structures 2
SWAH 337* Translation from  Swahili  and into Swahili  I 2
SWAH 338* Translation from  Swahili  and into Swahili  II 2
SWAH 339 20th Century Swahili Literature 2
SWAH 342* Aspects Of  Comprehension And Usage Of Figures of Speech 2
SWAH 343 Discourse Analysis of Swahili 2
SWAH 344 Study of Swahili Songs 2
SWAH 345 Swahili Customs and Institutions 2
SWAH 346 Swahili Oral Literature 2
SWAH 347* Gender in Swahili Literature Writings 2
SWAH 348* Contemporary Tanzanian State and Society 2


SWAH 441# Advanced Language Proficiency 2
SWAH 442# Swahili Language Analysis 2
SWAH 443 Oral I 1
SWAH 444 Oral II 1
SWAH 445 Swahili  Poetry of the 17th  –  20th Century 2
SWAH 446 Swahili Essay Writing and Comprehension 2
SWAH 447* Translation from  Swahili  and into Swahili  I 2
SWAH 448* Translation from  Swahili  and into Swahili  II 2
SWAH 400 Long Essay 4
SWAH 449 Modern Swahili Drama 2
SWAH 452 Swahili Historical and Political Texts 2
SWAH 453 Comparative Linguistics Swahili and other African Languages
SWAH 454 Modern Swahili Prose 2
SWAH 455 Swahili Dialects 2
SWAH 456 Swahili Poetry of the Mid 19th  –  20th Century 2
SWAH 457* Special Topics 2
SWAH 458* Special Topics 2
SWAH 459* Kiswahili in the Diaspora 2
Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

In determining eligibility for admission to Level 100 programmes, applicants’ aggregate score in the three core and three elective subjects as indicated below shall not exceed 24.

• Core Mathematics, English and Social Studies
• Three Electives.

The programme is open to applicants interested in the Performing Arts with aggregate 12 or better. They will be expected to attend an audition or interview.

For International Students:
West Africa WASSCE:

Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics &a Social Science subject.

Electives: Credit passes in any Three (3) Elective subjects

The programme is open to applicants interested in the Performing Arts with aggregate 24 or better. They will be expected to attend an audition or interview.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:
GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ Levels

Entry requirements:

Passes in any Three (3) ‘A’ Level subjects

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
Computer Science – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
French – ‘A’ Level French
English – ‘A’ Level English Literature
Geography – ‘A’ Level Geography

International Baccalaureate:

  • Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects
  • In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).
Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

While some graduates work directly in ‘language’ jobs, career possibilities for the University of Ghana’s BA Kiswahili graduates are very diverse. Many graduates enter careers that seek students of any discipline, but which offer ample opportunity to use their highly developed verbal, written and thinking skills and their cultural awareness and adaptability. Individuals with different interests have found employment in a variety of roles such as administrators, salespersons, management trainees, bank officers, recruitment consultants, insurance advisors and corporate and social events organisers.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $246
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,502


Dr. Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie – Swahili Section
Senior Lecturer,

Dr. Sarah Marjie
Lecturer and Coordinator of the Kiswahili Section

Relevant Contact

Ildiko Csajbok-Twerefou
Head of Department
Mary Baagyere
Senior Administrative Assistant
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