Program Details

Learn wildlife ecology field methods and conservation practices. Work with parks and organizations in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar to address ecosystem management challenges and dynamics.
Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of; Zanzibar, Tanzania, United Republic of
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Study the remarkable environments and animal life of mainland Tanzania and the Zanzibar Archipelago. You will camp in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem and live with urban and rural homestay families at two locations, including in the World Heritage Site of Stone Town in Zanzibar and Ngaramtoni, in Arusha. During your stay, you will conduct an independent field study on ecosystem management challenges and dynamics or fauna, including large plains animals (like buffalo and giraffes) and forest animals (like monkeys and sunbirds), and marine fauna (like octopus and dolphins). Students will also learn ecology field methods, conservation practices, and work with parks, organizations, and experts to address natural resource management and conservation issues in an era of environmental change.


  • Mainland Tanzania, study wildlife management in Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, and approaches to community participation in Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti N. Park studies behaviors of wildlife and human-wildlife interactions, including challenges to multiple land use area.
  • In Zanzibar, swim with dolphins, survey coral reef ecosystems, and evaluate ecotourism strategies.
  • Work with experts at Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park in Zanzibar to document behavior of forest wildlife and conserve biodiversity, especially of primates and birds.

This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one to two weeks online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country. 

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Additional Program Information

Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, sociology, anthropology, international relations, or related fields, as assessed by SIT.
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