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SFS-Tanzania: Wildlife Management


Program Location Moyo Hill Camp, Tanzania
Sponsor School for Field Studies
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 35007
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2023 01/26/23 to 05/09/23
Fall 2022 09/01/22 to 12/13/22
Past Dates
Spring 2022 01/30/22 to 05/13/22

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Overview
SFS-Tanzania: Wildlife Management

Step beyond the tourist experience in East Africa.

Explore the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Tanzania’s Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project.

  • Embark on a multi-day camping expedition in Serengeti National Park, attending field lectures on the behavior and migratory patterns of the park’s magnificent wildlife
  • Learn about elephant and lion ecology in Tarangire National Park and visit Burunge Wildlife Management Area to learn about community-based conservation
  • Spend two weeks in southern Kenya, with expeditions to Amboseli National Park, Tsavo Conservation Area, and the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary
  • Conduct a comprehensive field research project: Develop a research question, collect and analyze data, write a paper, and present your findings.
For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:School for Field Studies.

Eligibility

SFS-Tanzania: Wildlife Management

One semester of college-level ecology 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

The Center’s research is framed both by the needs of human communities and by wildlife conservation goals in the region. The curriculum and research focus on how changes in land use and resource availability in the Maasai steppe ecosystems can be managed to foster the well-being of local communities while safeguarding and promoting biodiversity conservation. Students learn about the socioeconomic, policy, and environmental drivers and implications of demographic change and land reform for wildlife conservation and rural development.

This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Tanzania.

You will take three 4-credit disciplinary courses, one 2-credit language and culture course, and a 4-credit capstone Directed Research course. Courses are participatory in nature and are designed to foster inquiry and active learning. Each course combines lectures, field exercises, assignments, tests, and research. All courses are taught in English.

Course syllabi are available on the SFS website.

Excursions

Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

Included in this program are visits to many national parks and wildlife conservation areas, such as Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, and Burunge Wildlife Management Area. In addition, visits to sites to learn more about the Maasai and Iraqw cultures will also be included. Students will also spend two weeks at the SFS Center in Kenya.

Housing

Students live at Moyo Hill Camp (MHC) located in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem between Lake Manyara National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

MHC is a fenced facility nestled among maize plantations and other crop fields. The camp consists of multiple buildings including an administrative center, a chumba, which serves as an eating and social activity center, a classroom and library, a computer room, and student, faculty, and staff housing. MHC comprises part of a small community where students can enjoy daily interaction with neighbors. Walking, jogging, soccer, and socializing outside of the camp round out daily life at MHC.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2022

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$18,400.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.10
Housing$5,550.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$2,400.00
Visa$150.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,300.00
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 online 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-Tanzania: Wildlife Management

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.

Resources

The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.


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