The School for Field Studies / SFS: Kenya - Wildlife and Water Studies

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  • Location(s): Kenya
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Research

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In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s grassy savannas, Rift Valley lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of flora and fauna, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. The de... read more

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In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s grassy savannas, Rift Valley
lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of flora and fauna, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. The deep-rooted communities of the pastoralist Maasai people call this region home. Kenya’s famed national parks attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Kenya’s biodiversity and traditional cultures are under threat. Climate change, drought, ecosystem fragmentation, and human development are increasing competition for the region’s finite natural resources. Our research here focuses on sustainable conservation approaches that will address these issues and reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.



  • Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience (SEMESTER PROGRAM): Discover the world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya, while studying approaches to conservation and the country’s diverse wildlife – from colossal elephants to the endangered black rhinoceros. In the heart of the Great Rift Valley, climate change and resource availability are affecting Kenya’s ecosystems and those living in them. Research the root causes of these changes and how different conservation strategies can benefit both local people and wildlife alike.



  • Fundamentals of Wildlife Management in Kenya and Tanzania (SUMMER I PROGRAM): The world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are full of wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Spend your summer in this incredible region, learning about approaches to wildlife management and conservation through safari drives, expeditions in the Amboseli-Tsavo and Tarangire-Manyara ecosystems, and conversations with Maasai and other community members.



  • Primates of the African Savanna (SUMMER II PROGRAM): Primates are some of the most intelligent species on the planet and a fascinating case study on animal behavior. Venture into Kenya’s national parks to study these complex, social creatures. Through field observations and research, learn about the ecology and behavior of Syke’s, colobus, and vervet monkeys, bush babies, and yellow and olive baboons as well as human-wildlife conflict and conservation issues.


SFS students live and study at the Center for Water and Wildlife Studies. The Center, known locally as Kilimanjaro Bush Camp,
lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Our sprawling, grassy campus includes traditional thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), just down the road from the small town of Kimana.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • January Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Sciences
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • African Studies
  • Botany, Plant Biology
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Natural Sciences
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Parks and Recreation Studies
  • Parks and Recreation Facilities Management
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.6
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The School for Field Studies / SFS Scholarships

All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards. SFS will work with you and your home school to understand and meet your financial need.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards.

This need-based scholarship is available for students with a cultural and/or ancestral connection to the country in which they plan to study abroad with SFS.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be considered for the need-based Heritage Scholarship, students must complete a personal statement indicating how they qualify for this award.

SFS matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SFS semester programs to students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SFS program.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Students must complete the SFS Financial Aid Application in order to receive this award.

SFS seeks to broaden and strengthen the participation of traditionally underrepresented minority students in all of its programs. The SFS Diversity Scholarship is one of the ways we broaden the participation of underrepresented groups of students in study abroad. For SFS, underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, students who identify with a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. Underrepresented groups also include first generation college students and students from low income families.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must explain how participation in an SFS program would broaden the diversity of the program.

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