- Where can I find a researcher on a topic related to Africa?
- Where can I get information about African languages or topics (for example about the Ashanti in Ghana)?
- Where can I follow an African language course (for example Swahili)?
- Could you give me information about your educational programme?
- I have to do a project for school. Is it possible for you to send me information?
- What vaccinations do I need if I am traveling to Africa?
- Can the African Studies Centre help my friend in Africa to obtain a residence permit for the Netherlands?
- Can I apply to the ASC for sponsorship?
- Do you have experts on North Africa?
- I am interested in doing business in Africa. Can the ASC help me?
1. Where can I find a researcher on a topic related to Africa?
Researchers affiliated to the African Studies Centre can be found on our website and in the database of Connecting-Africa. You can also find other Africanists mainly in the Netherlands and in Belgium in that database on www.connecting-africa.net. Connecting-Africa is the web portal for African Studies. By using the Search facility you can find contact information and access publications.
2. Where can I get information about African languages or topics (for example about the Ashanti in Ghana)?
You can find information on languages and topics related to North and Sub-Saharan African countries in our library. Check the catalogue.
3. Where can I follow an African language course (for example Swahili)?
The Lowani Language Centre in Leiden offers several courses. More information: www.lowani.nl
4. Could you give me information about your educational programme?
The ASC hosts and organizes a two-year Research Masters in African Studies. More information can be found on our website.
5. I have to do a project for school. Is it possible for you to send me information?
The African Studies Centre does not have pre-prepared information. You can order such information from the 'Centrum voor Mondiaal Onderwijs' (www.cmo.nl) or contact the Youth Department Sam Sam of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) (http://www.samsam.net/). If you want information about an individual country, check http://www.landenweb.net/ or the CIA Fact Book at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html.
6. What vaccinations do I need if I am traveling to Africa?
You need different vaccinations depending on the countries you are planning to visit. Call Leiden University Medical Center on 071-5263636, or contact your own doctor.
7. Can the African Studies Centre help my friend in Africa to obtain a residence permit for the Netherlands?
Unfortunately, the African Studies Centre cannot offer any help in these kind of matters. You have to get the permit in your own country. For immigration procedures, check the IND.
9. Do you have experts on North Africa?
The ASC's research department focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa but the library has materials covering the entire continent. If you are looking for expertise on North Africa, you could refer to the database at www.connecting-africa.net. Connecting-Africa is the web portal for African Studies in the Netherlands and by using the search facility you will find contact information and can access publications.
10. I am interested in doing business in Africa. Can the ASC help me?
The ASC doesn't specialize in helping people to set up new businesses in African countries although you could borrow books from our library about the country you have in mind. You could also contact the Netherlands African Business Council in The Hague: www.nabc.nl. This is an organization of Dutch entrepreneurs working in Africa who promote sustainable development through their business activates:
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