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  • Locations: Kimana, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • 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, Biology, Cultural studies, Environmental studies
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8 Eligibility: Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Housing options: Apartment (shared), Guest House, Other Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English, Swahili
Program Description:

SFS KENYA: WILDLIFE, WATER, AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE (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

Explore Kenya’s world-famous national parks and reserves while learning about wildlife conservation issues and seeing Africa’s charismatic creatures up close – from colossal elephants to the endangered black rhinoceros. Here, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, climate change and the availability of natural resources are affecting Kenya’s ecosystems and those living in them. Spend your semester studying the root causes of these changes and how different strategies for sustainability and conservation can benefit local people and wildlife alike.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • On a multi-day camping trip, explore Amboseli National Park – widely regarded as the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants.
  • Spend two weeks in Tanzania, with expeditions to Serengeti National Park, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Take part in a homestay with a local Maasai family and learn about their culture, history, daily life, and relationship with nature.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Water and Wildlife Studies. The Center, known locally as Kilimanjaro Bush Camp, lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Our sprawling, grassy campus includes traditional thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), just down the road from the small town of Kimana.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Wildlife management and sanctuaries
  • Climate change resilience
  • Primate behavior
  • Water conservation
  • National parks management
  • Community conservation
 

CORE SKILLS

  • GIS
  • Species identification and wildlife census
  • Animal behavior observation
  • Water quality assessment
  • 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
Follow SFS on Instagram and Facebook
Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo
 


 
 

Courses & Credits

Semester Program
On the Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resistance 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—as well as a 2-week excursion into Tanzania. 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, Primates of the African Savanna is a 4-week program in Kenya. 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.
Housing
The Center lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, nestled between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Students and staff live on a sprawling, grassy campus made up of traditional thatched bandas (4-person cabins) and a central chumba (main building), just down the road from the small town of Kimana. 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 09/01/2020 12/10/2020
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