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 Scholarships

Students who are Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars will receive a $2,000 award for SIT Study Abroad semester or summer programs.

$2,000

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.

To recognize and support alumni of EIL summer high school programs who also participate in SIT Study Abroad programs. $1,000 for semester programs and $500 for summer. A $400 scholarship is also available to students who indicate that they have an immediate family member who has participated in an EIL or its College Semester Abroad program.

$400 - $1,000

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.

For students enrolled at Hispanic-serving institutions, including member institutions of HACU who demonstrate financial need, SIT will award a $3,000 scholarship for participation in a semester program and $2,000 for a summer program.

$2,000 - $3,000

Deadlines:
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.

For students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and who demonstrate financial need, SIT will award a $2,000 scholarship for participation in a semester program or $1,500 for a summer program.

$1,500 - $2,000

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.

To recognize students participating in this community service program. Upon receipt of confirmation from a student’s Bonner mentor, SIT will award $2,500 for semester programs and $1,000 for summer programs.

$1,000 - $2,500

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.

To recognize students participating in the National Security Education Program (NSEP) funded award, which focuses on study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Upon receipt of the student’s Boren confirmation letter, SIT will award a $1,000 scholarship.

$1,000

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.

For students enrolled at Big 10 Academic Alliance universities. Eligible students demonstrating financial need will receive a $1,500 scholarship for semester programs and a $750 scholarship for summer programs.

$750 - $1,500

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.

This is an automatic scholarship to recognize and support students who participate in two or more SIT Study Abroad programs, including alumni of short-term summer programs. The scholarship will be applied to a student’s second full term of study with SIT. The scholarship is $1,000 for a fall or spring semester program or $500 for a full-term, international summer program.

$500 - $1,000

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.

An average of $4,500 (amount varies) is awarded to one female student, 22 years of age or younger, who demonstrates international awareness and a desire to create a more peaceful world through international exchange. This scholarship is available for summer programs only.

$4,500

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.

These scholarships ($30,000 divided between several students annually, with an average award of $3,750 per student) are for students who wish to study in Latin America or East Africa and focus primarily on women’s reproductive health and/or other topics such as girls’ education, poverty, social justice, ecology, or regional integration. Preferred SIT East Africa programs are those based in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, or Tanzania.

$3,750

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.

This $10,000 scholarship opportunity is for one student per year. The student must demonstrate extreme financial need, attend an HBCU (or other minority-serving institution), be a first-generation college student, and have never previously traveled abroad.

$10,000

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.

SIT matches Federal Pell Grant funding up to $2,500 for semester students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SIT program. Students utilizing their Federal Pell Grant for SIT Study Abroad summer terms receive up to a $1000 match.

$1,000 - $2,500

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.

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