Program Details

Courses will be conducted mainly in academic French, with University professors and experts in relevant fields teaching the classes. The EFSS, conducted mainly in English, focuses on research techniques and cross-cultural adjustment skills, and is intende
Location:
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Study ecology in an island nation that has been isolated from other landmasses for more than one hundred million years. Madagascar’s unique evolutionary path has produced an immeasurable contribution to the world’s biodiversity—more than 80 percent of the flora and fauna are endemic. Classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods encourage students to analyze environmental issues in an array of ecosystems, including rainforests, dry spiny forests, alpine and transitional forests, savanna, gallery and littoral forests, mangroves, and coral reefs. Studies in French and Malagasy, combined with a homestay, a village stay, and numerous excursions to national parks, offer students a balanced social- and natural-science view and perspective on long-term conservation and the development needs of local populations.

Courses will be conducted mainly in academic French, with University professors and experts in relevant fields teaching the classes. The EFSS, conducted mainly in English, focuses on research techniques and cross-cultural adjustment skills, and is intended to prepare students for the ISP. EFSS readings and classroom sessions are supplemented by a short, independent field research project undertaken in a rural village. Language classes focusing on conversational French and introductory Malagasy will continue to be conducted in conjunction with the lectures and excursions.

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.
Setting Description:
Live and study in Fort Dauphin The program is based in Fort Dauphin (Tolagnaro), a town of approximately 50,000 people. Situated on a peninsula at the southern end of a chain of rainforested mountains, Fort Dauphin is surrounded on three sides by the Indian Ocean and is home to some of the country’s cleanest and most beautiful beaches. Five very distinct ecosystems exist within a fifty-mile radius of Fort Dauphin, making it a great base from which to take a variety of educational excursions. Students are able to appreciate the wonders of rainforests, spiny forests, gallery zones, coastal vegetation, and transitional areas.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
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