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

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Explore ecology, natural resource management and sustainability in Tanzania-Zanzibar, on the islands of Unguja, Pemba, and Mafia in the Western Indian Ocean, and mainland Tanzania.Zanzibar’s extensive shoreline, unique flora and fauna, and tropica... read more

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A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania - Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
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
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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

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Explore ecology, natural resource management and sustainability in Tanzania-Zanzibar, on the islands of Unguja, Pemba, and Mafia in the Western Indian Ocean, and mainland Tanzania.

Zanzibar’s extensive shoreline, unique flora and fauna, and tropical climate are ideal for exploring conservation and management of coral reefs, inter-tidal zones, and mangrove and terrestrial forests. From your coastal base in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, gain a deeper understanding of the human-environment interface in the tropics, biodiversity, conservation areas, environmental challenges, and ecotourism projects. Study rare or endemic species, such as the whale shark, Pemba flying fox, and Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Observe wildlife at Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park and snorkel at Chumbe and Misali islands and Pange Sandbar. Meet officials at Zanzibar’s Department of Forestry, the Institute of Marine Sciences, and the University of Dar es Salaam to hear their perspectives about natural resource management. 

Learn and practice speaking Kiswahili during your homestays in Stone Town, Zanzibar, and on Pemba Island. Understand the techniques, methods, and ethics necessary for successful field research in tropical settings and in diverse communities, and partner with an in-country expert on an Independent Study Project of your choice. Examine topics of marine and coastal environments and Swahili culture through short excursions. Meet with community members and institutions about challenges and their innovative solutions in an era of environmental change.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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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

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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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