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SFS-Kenya: Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience

Program Location Kimana, Kenya
Sponsor School for Field Studies
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 35004
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2020 01/26/20 to 05/06/20
Current Program Dates
Fall 2019 08/25/19 to 12/04/19

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SFS-Kenya: Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience

Sustainable development, climate change adaptation, and the survival of life itself all depend on one thing – water.

Spend a semester exploring the national parks and communities of Kenya while studying Earth’s most important resource. Learn how issues of water quality and access are affecting Kenya’s wildlife and people, and discover the causes of these threats, which range from poorly planned, rapid development to global climate change. Get up close and personal with the country’s endemic wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and primates, and study Kenya’s robust global tourism industry. Meet the nomadic Maasai people and learn about their struggles to balance ecosystem conservation with their traditional lifestyles and a growing need for natural resources. Wrap up your semester by heading into the field and collecting data for your own research project on issues of ecology, resource management, and socioeconomic development in Kenya.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:School for Field Studies.


SFS-Kenya: Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience

One semester of college-level ecology, environmental studies/science, or biology is required. The program is otherwise open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
This program has a fixed set of classes that all students take, plus a research project. Please visit the SFS website for course descriptions, syllabi, and sample research projects.

This program includes a two-week excursion to northern Tanzania, including expeditions to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The SFS Kenya Center lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, nestled between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Campus is a sprawling, grassy compound made up of traditional thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), not far from the friendly village of Kimana.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes: tuition, all meals, local travel, and class-related excursions/field trips.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2020

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$17,450.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$2,600.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

SFS offers many scholarships and/or 0% interest loans (no FAFSA form required). Please see the SFS website for more details.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
SFS-Kenya: Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


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