Round River Conservation Studies - Botswana Program

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Round River offers students a completely field-based study abroad program in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Students camp for the entire program, conduct wildlife research and work with local people. Current Projects:Monitor herbivore populationsMonit... read more

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I learned more flexibility is a good thing and that the unexpected is often the best thing that can happen. I gained valuable field experience and - University of Vermont View Entire Review
Perspective on America. Perspective on conservation abroad. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I gained a lot of research experience in my field (biology), and also started to learn perspectives on land use management. - Carleton College View Entire Review
Flexibility! how to live with a group! knowledge of wildlife/conservation! - Middlebury College View Entire Review


Round River offers students a completely field-based study abroad program in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Students camp for the entire program, conduct wildlife research and work with local people. 

Current Projects:

  • Monitor herbivore populations

  • Monitor rare and threatened bird species

  • Camera trapping to document carnivore and nocturnal species presence/absence

Courses taught:

  • Applied Conservation Biology

  • Introduction to Field Methodology

  • Natural History of Botswana

  • Human Impacts on Ecology

  • Humans and the Environment

Earn up to 15 semester credits through Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

Financial Aid:

The Okavango Delta, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to some of the world's most abundant and diverse wildlife populations. Our projects involve working closely with local people to implement a wildlife monitoring program in the Delta. Students conduct wildlife surveys, monitor rare and threatened bird species, and enjoy amazing wildlife viewing opportunities in one of Africa's most vibrant wetland and savannah ecosystems. Our unique programs give students the opportunity to contribute to local conservation, while gaining valuable field skills and earning undergraduate course credits.

Please visit our website for more information, check out our Student Blog for photos and stories from current and past programs, and get in touch with us to learn more and contact Round River alumni. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Animal Sciences
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • African Studies
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
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Round River Conservation Studies Scholarships

Round River offers scholarships to students through our Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund. Edward Abbey was a friend to many and an inspiration to all associated with Round River. Ed’s family has graciously agreed that we may use his name in this manner. We are committed to involving dedicated and qualified students in our conservation projects and we will work with you to facilitate your application and financial needs. Financial assistance to qualified students from Round River is available from the Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund.


Students should submit an application for the Edward Abbey Scholarship within 3 weeks of paying their deposit to be considered.

Scholarship applications will not be considered unless a student has applied for a Round River program and has all application materials in. Special arrangements may be made for extended scholarship application deadlines, only if a student has contacted Round River well in advance of the deadline.