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Zulu is the native language of the Zulu people, spoken predominantly in South Africa where it is an official language, but also in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Swaziland. Suppressed for many years under the official policy of racial separation known as apartheid, Zulu is now becoming a major language on the eastern coast of South Africa and a significant language on the African continent. The skills demonstrated by mastery of less commonly taught languages such as Zulu are valuable to employers and graduate programs, and fluency in Zulu itself is sought by government agencies and international non-governmental organizations. 

Zulu classes at UW-Madison are small. Our students are eligible for highly competitive undergraduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships that cover partial tuition and provide a stipend.

Studying Zulu at UW-Madison

"I studied Zulu at the UW a few years back. It was the most rewarding educational experience of my life. Not only did I learn a different language, I also learned history that we never touched on in any of my world history classes! The connections and friends I made while studying Zulu have enriched my life in so many ways. I highly recommend it to everyone."
   —Rose Yahnke

Teaching Staff

Nandipa Sipengane, Teaching Assistant

"Nandi was an exceptional instructor. She is engaging and enthusiastic about teaching Zulu. She is humble and let's you learn for yourself when she knows it will benefit your learning, showing her advanced teaching abilities. She made learning Zulu exciting and fun and facilitated growth inside and outside the classroom. She grades fair but strict, and takes grades seriously, but wants the grade to show how well you learned the material—something that is getting rarer and rarer. She is the most genuine teacher I've had in my undergrad thus far and I'm pretty confident she won't be beat."
   — a student at the end of a year of Zulu with Nandi

Study Abroad Opportunities

UW-Madison offers juniors and seniors study abroad opportunities at the University of Cape Town in South Africa for the fall and spring terms, the academic year, and the calendar year (February to December). Students on these programs have varied curricular options at a rigorous institution and live in an extraordinarily cosmopolitan city. In addition, students of anthropology and archeology have the opportunity to study human history and evolution and participate in fieldwork, lectures and workshops with internationally recognized paleoanthropologists during the summer in Swartkrans, South Africa. For more information see www.studyabroad.wisc.edu.

Weekly Conversation Tables

Make sure to check our calendar for Language Tables each semester!

Members of the public are welcome. Please check with Katrina Daly Thompson for updates.