Certificate in Kiswahili Proficiency

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Kiswahili has gained rapid growth and expansion in the world and in Africa in particular. In East Africa, it is the lingua franca – the language used in everyday interactions by many people. In Uganda, Kiswahili is taught in schools and universities both as a subject and to be used as a medium of communication in their specific situations. It is, therefore, important for everybody to understand the language at all its levels.

However, it has been observed that many Ugandans have always had communication problems because of lacking Swahili literacy, a language that is widely spoken in all other countries in the region. More so, the revival of the East African Community has come up with a need for Ugandans to adopt Swahili literacy so as to be able to share on the socio-economic and political privileges enjoyed by other East African states most of which have Swahili as a lingua franca for sustainable development. Most East Africans associate with each other through trade, education, religion, politics, tours/trips, etc.

Graduates from Bishop Stuart University who are spread all over in the region will too face the same communication problems if they are not equipped with the knowledge to communicate in Kiswahili which will not only make them stuck with their degrees in the labour market but also render them social misfits in the societies they live in. This course aims at bridging one such gap.

This is a three months course and the aim of this course is to provide a thorough introduction to contemporary Swahili. By the end of the three months, students will have covered basic grammatical constructions and acquired an essential working vocabulary allowing them to communicate within a limited range of situations in which learners are likely to find themselves.

The language is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so that learners are able to appreciate such things as appropriate and linguistic etiquette when the interaction takes place in the target language.


Students who will study this Kiswahili course are expected to communicate fluently and effectively in the Kiswahili language. Be able to express themselves accurately in every situation of Swahili interaction. Get opportunities for possible employment include education, interpretation and translation, the media, publishing, social work and administration.

Target group

All those who are likely to interface with the Kiswahili world like the Business people, Professionals such as Medics, Teachers, Transporters, etc, and any other people who wish to acquire basic skills in Kiswahili.