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  • Locations: Rhotia, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Oliver Jones Program type: Third-Party
Program features: Field Study Area of study: African studies, Anthropology, Biology, Earth science, Economics, Environmental studies, Geography, Global studies, Sociology
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8 Eligibility: Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: No Housing options: Residence Hall
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English, Swahili
Program Description:

SFS TANZANIA: WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT STUDIES (SEMESTER)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Spend a semester in the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s diverse wildlife – from charismatic lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – and learn about their ecology and behavior. Meet members of Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities to learn about long-standing cultures and traditions while collaborating to address the impacts of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project on wildlife management, community livelihoods, and sustainability.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • 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.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Known locally as “Moyo Hill Camp” and surrounded by Tanzania’s world-famous national parks and wildlife, it’s the perfect base camp for expeditions into the field. Campus is reminiscent of summer camp, with plenty of outdoor and communal spaces, while the small, friendly community of Rhotia is a short walk away.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Wildlife conservation
  • Climate change
  • African large mammal behavior
  • Carnivore ecology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Community-based conservation
 

CORE SKILLS

  • GIS
  • Species identification and wildlife census techniques
  • Animal behavior observation
  • Natural resource valuation
  • Basic Swahili language
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
 

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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
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SFS: Tanzania

 
Step beyond the tourist experience in East Africa. Spend a semester with Tanzania’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and graceful gazelles – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of the Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish up the semester by heading into the field to conduct an extensive research project in the country’s world-famous national parks and conservation areas.

Location

Northern Tanzania is a hub of wildlife tourism. Home to world-famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this remarkably scenic area is the center of tourism in East Africa. It has also been the home of the Maasai, Iraqw, and other groups for centuries.
 

Courses & Credits

Semester Program
On the Wildlife Management Studies program, 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. See the SFS website for course descriptions and syllabi.

Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients. The course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.

Summer Program
SFS offers two 4-week, 4-credit hour summer sessions. The Summer I course, Fundamentals of Wildlife Management, is a 2-country program with students spending 2-weeks in Tanzania and 2-weeks in Kenya. The Summer II course, Carnivores of the African Plains, is a 4-week program in Tanzania. Students may enroll in one or both sessions. Each session offers one 4-credit hour course. See the SFS website for course descriptions and syllabi.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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Housing

SFS Tanzania is based at the Moyo Hill Camp. Surrounded by Tanzania’s world-famous national parks and wildlife, it’s the perfect base camp for expeditions into the field. The small, friendly community of Rhotia is a short walk away. Students are housed in 4-person bandas (cabins). The camp features communal spaces such as classroom, library, computer lab, kitchen and dining hall (with on-site cooking staff), lounge areas, and outdoor activities.

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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.

All students accepted by SFS can apply for their need-based scholarships, grants, and loans.

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad

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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
  3. In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
 
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/10/2020
03/05/2020 08/31/2020 12/09/2020
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
10/04/2020 TBA TBA

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1