SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania - Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management

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Examine coastal ecology and natural resource management in one of the most remarkable areas of the world: the Zanzibar islands of the western Indian Ocean.This program utilizes Zanzibar’s unique ecological context to explore specific environmental... read more

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Honestly I learned too much to document succinctly. In summary I'll say that learning took place across many dimensions - academic, cultural, emotional, technical, anthropologic, inter-personal, observational, etc. It was certainly worthwhile. - University of Denver View Entire Review
February 20, 2019 Amazing
I learned there is a world out there beyond the Western Idealogical bubble we live in here. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained confidence, biology skills, and the ability to navigate in social situations where culture and language are not my own. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I don't think I can even begin to summarize what I learned in this little box. It was more than worthwhile and I don't think I could've picked a better place to go to truly experience living abroad. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Unbelievably worthwhile! Couldn't have asked for more. Learned about Zanzibar, Coastal Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Swahili, and so much more. Incredible opportunities for self-growth. Go to Zanzibar! - Washington University in Saint Louis View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile! I learned a ton and loved Zanzibar. It has motivated me to come back again and work here - which is largely a result of the great experience I had with SIT. - University of Puget Sound View Entire Review
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This program allowed me to better understand how to make the best out of situations. I wasn't satisfied with the academics or accessibility of cultural experiences in the program so I tried my best to relate to the other students and enjoy or field work. I also had the opportunity of going on a safari and diving after the prog... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
This program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I learned so much about Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management and about the local culture. I also grew as a person. The SIT Staff pushed me to do things outside of my comfort zone, which allowed me to produce an ISP project that I would not have thought possi... - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
I learned a lot from being immersed in a culture that is so different from mine and gained a deeper understanding of my material through experiential learning. I also learned a lot about the implications of research through my ISP and learned a lot about myself through the independence of this project. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Saw new places, new faves, tested my language, learned some things, had adventures - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Independence. Increased my love for Africa and the culture. It was completely worth while and I would do it 10x over. I gained new friends from across the country and experiences no one else can say they have ever had. There are memories only I hold and they are priceless. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The program was most definitely worthwhile! I would recommend any brave and adventurous soul who is open minded and willing to explore other cultures around the world to attend the program. While it is an academic program and there are significant academic components, the program really immerses you in the cultural and environme... - Harvard University View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile! - Middlebury College View Entire Review


Examine coastal ecology and natural resource management in one of the most remarkable areas of the world: the Zanzibar islands of the western Indian Ocean.

This program utilizes Zanzibar’s unique ecological context to explore specific environmental topics, including coral reef conservation, tropical forest management, and resource management. Through thematic coursework and direct field experience, you will examine issues arising from the tense juxtaposition of seasonal population growth and economic development with conservation of the local environment. You will learn to reframe notions of ecological sustainability in relation to local population needs, perspectives, and values.

Major topics of study include:

- The challenges to the region's fragile ecosystems posed by tourism and other industries
- Sustainable management of the region's coastal forests, coral reefs, and vulnerable fauna
- The complex dynamics of local ecosystems in relation to resident communities
- Terrestrial, intertidal, and marine ecosystems

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

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: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school