Tanzania: Arusha

    Fall Semester, Spring Semester

    The semester is divided into four highly integrated courses: Kiswahili Language Training, Environmental Field Study Seminar, Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology Seminar, and Independent Study Project. The Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology Seminar consists of two components: 1) Life and Culture and 2) Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology. The Life and Culture component includes lectures on history, politics/economics, and current events. The Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology lectures will focus on wildlife ecology, conservation, environmental issues and National Park management. During the Environmental Field Study Seminar, students learn how to integrate both social science and ecological field techniques through anthropological and field ecology projects. These skills will then be applied during the Independent Study Project (ISP).

    Explore the delicate balance between ecological concerns and socioeconomic objectives in the vast wilderness expanses of northern Tanzania Home to Serengeti National Park—the site of the largest wildlife migration on earth—Tanzania features tropical, temperate, and alpine forests. Ngorongoro Crater, a 12-mile-wide extinct volcano, is one of the wonders of the natural world. Within these disparate ecosystems, issues of population growth, land use, and tourism development are in tense juxtaposition with wildlife conservation efforts. From the program base in the heart of Tanzania's most renowned wilderness parks, students explore the country’s diverse human and natural environments through seminars and field visits to nature reserves and conservation areas. Swahili language study and a rural stay with a Maasai community complement classroom work and field research.

    Tanzania is a beautiful and diverse country that includes the Serengeti Plains, the snows of Kilimanjaro, and the islands of Zanzibar. Within the Serengeti ecosystem (approximately 25,000 square km) is Olduvai Gorge, the site of the famous discoveries by the Leakeys’ of pre- Homo sapien fossils. The Serengeti also contains the immense Ngorongoro Crater, a 20-mile-wide volcanic crater, home to a large and diverse population of wildlife. In addition to the diversity of wildlife, there is also diversity among the people with more than 120 ethnic groups, mostly of Bantu origin, each with its own language. From an economic perspective, Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, by GDP per capita based on PPP (Purchasing Parity Power).

    Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.

    African Language and Literature Studies, Animal Sciences, Biology General, Botany and Plant Sciences, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Public Administration-Public Policy and Government, Zoology and Wildlife Sciences


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