University of Wisconsin–Madison

Quick Facts

Did you know?

Did you know?

  • Each year, Wisconsin students have the opportunity to enroll in more than 197 Africa-related courses from 29 unique campus departments.
  • More than 15,000 people, now in all walks of life, have taken the university’s basic Africa course, Africa: An Introductory Survey. It is offered every semester.
  • Professor Harold Scheub’s course, The African Storyteller, has enrolled more students than any other humanities course in the history of the university. It is still going strong.
  • In addition to five regularly offered African languages, students have the extremely unique opportunity for independent learning of other languages across the continent through a monitored Multilanguage Seminar offered each semester.
  • Nearly half (48%) of undergraduate African Studies certificate students study abroad in Africa.
  • Every Wednesday at noon – since 1973! – African Studies Program faculty members, students, and others have gathered for a one-hour seminar on Africa. The public is welcome.

Did you know?

  • Each year, the African Studies Program hosts Day in Africa, a unique opportunity for high school students and teachers from across the state to learn about the continent. In 2018, 260 students and 35 teachers attended.
  • In 2017-18, 16 African Studies Outreach Scholars visited 2,034 k-12 students and 151 teachers.
  • Wisconsin is a three-year host of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a exchange program of the U.S. Department of State. Over three years, the program has brought 75 young African leaders representing 33 countries to Madison where they engage with the campus and local community, contributing their ideas and more than 400 hours of community service each summer.