NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.
Explore the balance between ecological concerns and socioeconomic objectives in the vast wilderness expanses of northern Tanzania.
Tanzania is a beautiful and diverse country, home to the Serengeti Plains, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Zanzibar archipelago. You’ll spend 30 nights camping in these wilderness areas to see the variety of Tanzania’s landscapes and wildlife, including lions, zebras, elephants, and ostriches. As you learn ecological field techniques and national park management, you’ll see how human development and population growth affect natural habitats and vice versa. You’ll learn to reframe notions of sustainability in relation to local population needs, perspectives, and values.
In addition to wildlife ecology, you will study Tanzanian history, politics, economics, and current events. You’ll learn how to integrate both social science and ecological field techniques through anthropological and field ecology projects.
The program has several major in-country partners: Sokoine University of Agriculture, the College of African Wildlife Management-Mweka, Klub Afriko Cultural Orientation Center, and the host communities. Many students have returned to work with these partners in future endeavors.
- Spend time at Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Parks. and Loliondo Game Controlled.
- Speak with local communities to understand issues of deforestation, agriculture, gender, culture, and population growth.
- Explore conservation through multiple lenses.
- Network for your academic and professional careers.
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.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website
for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
KEY TOPICS OF STUDY
- Wildlife ecology
- Conservation, environmental issues, and national park management
- Life and culture, history, politics/economics, and current events
- Relationships between socioeconomic objectives, ecological parameters, and cultural transitions from multi scale/actor perspectives
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
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Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
Current Program Information
Few natural environments compare to the vast wilderness expanses of Tanzania. Serengeti National Park is the site of the largest wildlife migration on earth. Tanzania is home to tropical, temperate, and alpine forests. Ngorongoro Crater, a 12-mile-wide extinct volcano, is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Within these disparate ecosystems, issues of population growth, land use, and tourism development are in tense juxtaposition with wildlife conservation efforts.
From your base in the heart of Tanzania's most-renowned wilderness parks, you explore the country's diverse human and natural environments through ecology seminars and field visits to nature reserves and conservation areas. Swahili language study and a rural stay with the Maasai provide further insight into the delicate balance between socioeconomic goals and ecological concerns.