SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania - Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

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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 archip... read more

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Learned about culture - worth it - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned the language, the country, and the context. This helped me many years later, when I returned to Tanzania for PhD field work in Dar es Salaam. I could not only could I speak the language, but also feel comfortable. - Colby College View Entire Review
I learned about Tanzanian culture, wildlife and ecology as well as traditions, foods, politics, music and so much more. - The Frederick Gunn School View Entire Review
Language and I now know what I want to do with my career. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Language Skill Exposure to different ways of life and lifestyles - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely worth while. I gained amazing new friends, an appreciation and understanding of Tanzanian culture, Swahili skills, and an amazing independent study project that I will most likely turn into a thesis. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Power and privilege was a big theme throughout the program. Being able to visit the national parks and live in Arusha as a student and a tourist gave me very different perspectives. It was a challenging experience but totally worthwhile. As a political science student I appreciated my time in Tanzania where I learned so much abo... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
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Probably more about the real world than I would ever actually learn through my middlebury experience - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Beyond worthwile - Tufts University View Entire Review
Language, cultural understanding, friends, education, confidence and perspective. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned about trade-offs between conservation efforts and human rights. I learned about privilege and about power dynamics between groups of people. I learned about local culture. I learned about struggles for dominance between groups of people and between people and animals. I learned how to be independent. I learned how to p... - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania - Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
It was worthwhile. I learned to be very independent, I learned Kiswahili, I grew very close to my friends on the program, I made many friends and I plan to go back after I graduate. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I was able to meet countless amazing and resilient individuals that I would not have met otherwise. These individuals, whether I met them through my ISP or homestay, were able to teach me so much more than some of the lectures we had. It made it all worthwhile and was beautiful to hear their stories. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania - Wildlife Conservation And Political Ecology
I learned a lot even though it wasn't always in a classroom setting. I learned the most about the Masai tribe when I stayed with them. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Too much to list. Language, culture, biology. Absolutely worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Very worthwhile, learned not only about a new culture and a new way of life but got serious biological research experience under my belt. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I now have an incredible connection to an amazing people and amazing people and I feel reinvigorated academically. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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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 a range of bird species including ostriches and Kori bustards. 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, political ecology, economics, and current events. You’ll learn how to integrate both social science and ecological field techniques through anthropological and field ecology projects.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: 1) Once your scholarship application is started, you will be asked to provide SIT with the name and email address of a financial aid counselor at your home institution, or the general email address of your financial aid office. This is very important as it allows SIT to consider any financial aid that may be available from your home institution when reviewing your scholarship application. 2) Add SIT’s school code (008860) to your FAFSA form. 3) Your scholarship application is complete and ready for review when SIT has your FAFSA and the financial aid information from your home institution. Confirm receipt of all required financial aid information with the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Office (studyabroad.scholarships@sit.edu or 802.258.3503). 4) If you do not receive an award decision notification from SIT before the billing due date, please know that your scholarship application was not complete.

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