ICT for Development in Tanzania

Large group photo of people standing outside in front of a building in Tanzania, South Africa
Program Schedule: 
Summer Session

Summer Semester (Beg-May to beg-June)


  • Arusha, Tanzania
  • Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania
Mto wa Mbu
Sponsored By: 
College of Engineering
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Available to Majors: 
All Majors
Available Classes: 

MI 488 - Information and Communication Technologies for Development - 3-4 Credits

EGR (488) - Information and Communication Technologies for Development - 3-4 Credits - enroll initially in MI 488 (can be changed to EGR 488 on return from Tanzania)

What is the Program About?: 

Photo of a computer classroom in Tanzania

A 3-4 credit service-for-learning program shared by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and College of Engineering (ECE) Departments will give students a field study opportunity in Tanzania. Students will learn by experience how information and communication technologies can be harnessed to create practical solutions that make the world a better place starting in Tanzania.

Here at Michigan State University Education Abroad programs come in all shapes and sizes. While some students may prefer a more traditional education abroad involving classes and multiple 20 page papers due on return, those looking for a more hands on experience may be more interested in working with MSU's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Global Corps in Tanzania. The ICT Global Corps gives technically proficient students an opportunity to utilize their knowledge, and make a real impact in many developing parts of the world.

The ICT4D in Tanzania Education Abroad program has two major objectives. First, you will learn about the life, culture and environment of Tanzania. This will be accomplished through introductory language, culture, history and environment classes in a training institute, and during cultural tours and trips to three national parks. The second objective is to gain hands-on experience by designing and implementing projects to improve the quality of primary and secondary education in rural Tanzanian schools, where previous years' students have installed a network of five schools connected to the Internet. Depending on your background, you will upgrade/maintain software, computers, networking or solar power facilities, train teachers and students in using computers and video equipment, or do other activities. Technical expertise is not required.

While students and faculty are on a very busy work schedule in Tanzania, they still manage to find time to enjoy the region. Students learn a little bit of Swahili in order to communicate with the locals, but students don't need to be advanced linguists in order to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tanzanian safari. For many students and faculty this trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the African wilderness first hand.

More Details (includes printable brochure): 
Program Contact: 

Photo of Dr. Erik GoodmanErik Goodman
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
2308M Engineering
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-6453
Email: goodman@egr.msu.edu


Past Trip Photos / Videos: 

Video by Brian Cooper (2017)

Video by Erica Hayes (2014)


Photo of student Madison Routolo standing outside in front of a waterfall in Tanzania, South Africa

Madison M. Ruotolo’s Testimonial in Tanzania Summer 2016

For the month of May 2016 I decided to participate in the IT Development Education Abroad in Tanzania. My decision was quick but definitely one that I will never regret making. The four weeks there proved to create some of the most inspiring and life changing moments of my life.     

The biggest moment for me was going to the city of Arusha. I think that this was the biggest culture shock for me. Seeing the venders on the street and the little kids with no shoes on running around. I was expecting poor but I was not expecting that. It was like I finally found the key to the locked door of my sheltered life. I know it is click but it made me appreciate what I had back home.     

This education abroad was set up to do some upkeep on a nine year ICT Development Program that was implemented in the five schools in the area. We set up new computers, fixed old ones and ran training classes for teachers and students on how to use the existing computers as well as the new ones. Teaching the students was the most rewarding part of this whole experience. The way their little faces would light up when you¡¯d show them how to make a window bigger or how to capitalize a letter was the best part. I have always been a sucker when it came to kids so when I came here I didn't expect it to be any different. Overall I have learned so much about computers, the schools, the teachers and the students.      

This was my first education abroad and I wouldn't change it for the world. I loved every single part of this trip. I have gained new friends, new experiences and new memories. It was the first time I stepped out of my box and at first it hit me like a brick wall but once I took it all in I began to feel more in my element than ever before. Working in the Primary schools was my favorite part. The little kids made my heart melt. They always wanted to hold my hand and they wanted to be wherever I was and that alone was inspirational. They are bundles of joy with so many questions and little to no experience. I plan to come back many times and do whatever I can to help those angels gain new experiences in all things. I will do whatever it takes to help them grow up and be able to reach any dream imaginable. My biggest take away from this trip is appreciation. I have realized how different it is in other parts of the world especially in Tanzania. This trip has reminded me to appreciate where I come from and the opportunities I have.  It has reminded me to take time out of my day to enjoy the little things; to hug my mom more, only take the food you know you will eat, enjoy school a little more and to not take simple commodities for granted. All this being said I will make sure not to hide away my intelligence and talent in America where there are thousands of people like me with only a handful of people who need me. 

This program was such a blessing to be apart of. I have enjoyed my time tremendously with an amazing group of students and professors. I have experienced so much and learned more than I could have imagined. I am thankful for the opportunity to be apart of this ongoing project that I know so many people have worked so hard to get started. I am honored to be able to help keep it going and improving. I would like to thank Jennifer Olson for the guidance and for her undying commitment to this project. I would also like to thank Michigan State University and specifically the Engineering Education Abroad for funding my trip. I don¡¯t plan to stay away from Tanzania for long; I already can't wait to come back.

Summer 2014

Group photo of MSU students and Tanzania students standing outside in Tanzania, South Africa.