FAQs

  1. Where can I find a researcher on a topic related to Africa?
  2. Where can I get information about African languages or topics (for example about the Ashanti in Ghana)?
  3. Where can I follow an African language course (for example Swahili)?
  4. Can you give me information about your educational programme?
  5. I have to do a project for school. Can you send me information?
  6. Our school wants to organize an Africa day, with workshops etc. Could the ASCL organize that?
  7. What vaccinations do I need if I am traveling to Africa?
  8. Can the African Studies Centre Leiden help my friend in Africa to obtain a residence permit for the Netherlands?
  9. Can I apply to the ASCL for sponsorship?
  10. Do you have experts on North Africa?
  11. I am interested in doing business in Africa. Can the ASCL help me?
  12. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend an ASCL seminar. Is there any information available, like a paper?

1. Where can I find a researcher on a topic related to Africa?
Researchers affiliated to the African Studies Centre Leiden can be found on our website and in the database of Connecting-Africa. You can also find other Africanists (mainly based in the Netherlands and in Belgium) on www.connecting-africa.net, which is the web portal for African studies. By using the Search facility you can access publications or find contact information.

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 ASCL hosts and organizes a two-year Research Masters in African Studies. More information 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 Leiden does not send educational material. 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 need information about a specific country, check out the ASCL Country Portal which contains information on all 54 African countries.

6. Our school wants to organize an Africa day, with workshops etc. Could the ASCL organize that?
The ASCL doesn’t organize events at schools, but there are several specialized organizations, e.g. Afrika in School and the Stichting Djalidonkoli.

7. What vaccinations do I need if I am traveling to Africa?
You need different vaccinations depending on the countries you are planning to visit. Check out the Area Health Authorities' website (GGD reisvaccinaties). Or call Leiden University Medical Center (travelers' vaccination advice) on 071-5263636, or contact your own doctor.

8. Can the African Studies Centre Leiden help my friend in Africa to obtain a residence permit for the Netherlands?
Unfortunately, the African Studies Centre Leiden cannot offer any help in this type of matters. You have to get the permit in your own country. For immigration procedures, check the IND.

9. Can I apply to the ASCL for sponsorship?
Unfortunately not. The ASCL itself depends on external financing. A good starting point for an internet search on sponsorship is Eldis' Funding Sources. Also have a look at ‘Nuffic Beursopener’, in Dutch or in English (Grantfinder), which is a search engine where Nuffic collects almost all available scholarships. ‘Scholarship Portal’ is a similar search engine (Europe).

10. Do you have experts on North Africa?
The ASCL's research department focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa but the library covers the entire continent. If you are looking for expertise on North Africa, check out the database at www.connecting-africa.net. Connecting-Africa is the web portal for African studies in the Netherlands.

11.  I am interested in doing business in Africa. Can the ASCL help me?
The ASCL 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. Your best bet is to contact the Netherlands African Business Council in The Hague: www.nabc.nl.

12. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend an ASCL seminar. Is there any information available, like a paper?
Seminar speakers do not always hand over a paper, but in general we make film registrations of our seminars. These are made available on a special website.