- Zanzibar, Tanzania, United Republic of
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- Examine coastal ecology and natural resource management in one of the most remarkable areas of the world: Zanzibar and the islands of the Western Indian Ocean.
The region's geographic location and distinct ecological conditions allow students to study specific environmental topics, including tropical forest management and coral reef conservation, in a unique context. Through thematic coursework and direct field experience students are exposed to multiple sources of knowledge in order to better understand the dual imperatives of economic growth and environmental protection.
Once the thriving hub of the East African caravan trade, Zanzibar's abundant natural resources today help promote its important tourism industry. Yet, tourism and other industries present serious challenges to the region's fragile ecosystems. In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that the health and long-term viability of the region's coastal forests, coral reefs, and vulnerable fauna, such as indigenous flying foxes and Ader's duikers, will be severely threatened if not managed in a more sustainable way.
The interdisciplinary coursework in the Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management program focuses on coastal ecology and natural resource management in the context of coastal Tanzania. Students examine the impact of human activity on the environment and the ways in which thoughtful and sustainable management of natural resources can serve both human and environmental interests. Students participate in a variety of research and cultural activities throughout the semester and learn from researchers, professionals, practitioners, and other development and conservation specialists. During the final month of the semester, students leverage their field study experience and research skills to conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP).
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:
- The program consists of the following main phases: •Orientation followed by a two-week homestay in Stone Town during which students take Kiswahili language classes and attend lectures at the Marine Institute •A four-week period during which students participate in seminars and conduct field assignments as part of the Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management Seminar and the Field Study Seminar (this includes time at Pemba Island, Jozani Forest, and Chumbe Island) •One week at the University of Dar es Salaam for lectures at the university and a brief safari to Mikumi National Park •A four-week period during which students undertake an Independent Study Project (ISP). The ISP may focus on marine biodiversity, terrestrial ecology, issues in resource consumption, or socioeconomic factors in natural resource management. Each program phase exposes students to different perspectives on natural resource management and development through interactions with a variety of stakeholders
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Please see our website for more information.
Based on 2 Reviews
- Once in a Lifetime Experience12/18/19
As an Environmental Studies major, my abroad program relates directly to my activities in the classroom and gave me an opportunity to apply what I learned at my home institution to the real world. A key focus in the Environmental Studies major is integrating
humanities and science. Throughout the entire SIT abroad program, I lived in local communities, worked with local community members and got to experience first-hand how individuals interact with their environment and how they view environmental issues I was studying. Through these interactions, I was able to ask questions and get their opinions about how environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability and tourism, impact their communities, then hear and see what they believe are the best solutions to address these challenging problems. I learned that through these experiences, local individuals are creating innovative ways to address different problems, using the locally available resources, and attempting to be sensitive to the cultural norms impacting the lives of people in their communities. Experiencing this first-hand gave me the opportunity to see these challenges through the eyes of local individuals, which really helped me understand and appreciate the importance of the interdisciplinary nature of my major.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great Cultural & Environmental Immersion12/27/12
The Zanzibar program is frankly what you put into it. However, it isn't time spent reading textbooks or excessive studying you need to put into it. It is like any semester at university you had before. Rather, it is an open-mind and willingness to explore
a new culture and learn in new ways that are the ingredients for success in the program. At first it may seem difficult to adjust but in the end the differences form a large portion of the reasons you will love your time in Zanzibar and Tanzania. The program offers a plethora of opportunities and it is up to each student to seize the chance to expand their swahili language skills, their global awareness, their research skills, their communication skills, etc. Do not go into any non-western country expecting a replica of your host institution because the structure and teaching styles are entirely unique to each university. You must be interested in new ways of learning and of being evaluated. It is up to you to take responsibility for your growth and emotional and intellectual development while abroad, and the SIT Zanzibar program is able to fully guide you along that path. I would recommend this program in a heart beat but it takes a brave and adventurous person with a willingness to adapt to truly appreciate all the program has to offer. The location could not be more ideal. You live in a tropical and historical paradise and eventually go on a safari in the mainland. Could you even ask for more?read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend