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The School for Field Studies / SFS: Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in Tanzania allow students to examine the drivers of habitat degradation and land-use change, as well as the implications for both local economic livelihoods and wildlife conservation... read more
I gained an ability to conduct research and carry it out from data collection to paper writeup. I learned to critically analyze the world around me, and I opened my eyes to cultures I had never been exposed to before. A student - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
It was totally worthwhile. It was incredible stepping out of the quick paced, rude American lifestyle and joining the welcoming, friendly, polepole Tanzanian life. I now know kind of what I want to do with my future career and know of many opportunities to do so in Tanzania, where I definitely want to spend my future. Claire W - Trinity University View Entire Review
Learned an incredible amount about myself, the United States, and Tanzania. Worth all the effort I put in to get there. Benjamin Hawes - Keystone College View Entire Review
This program is absolutely worthwhile! I loved the classes, the staff and professors, living in Rhotia, and I think I learned more in this semester than I did in any other semester at school. Not only was it an amazing cultural experience, but I gained so many field and writing skills through this program that I know are going t... beccabdavies - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
Real research experience. This program is perfect for those interested and passionate about wildlife, the environment, animal biology, earth sciences, and the natural world. Doran Z - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I learned so much about science, and myself. Tanner S - Miami University View Entire Review
This program provided me with a great educational experience, giving me the opportunity to study in several of the national parks and learn about wildlife management and conservation in an incredible environment. The program also provided a valuable cultural experience, with a day-long stay with a local family and frequent inter... A student - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
I learned more than I thought I could about African wildlife and ecosystems, issues in the ecosystems, and how to be independent and accomplish important research projects. Not to mention what I learned about myself as a person... priceless! Kris T - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about wildlife management skills, as the course was entitled, but also about cultural diversity, how to make new friends and about Tanzania in general. It was a beautiful and thrilling experience that I miss most days at home! Alexandra K - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Wildlife Management which was the academic topic of the semester. I also think that I learned a lot about myself by stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something completely different. The people there have a much different perspective on life and it was great to be able to see the world through their... Kristina B - Brandeis University View Entire Review
absolutely! Devin G - Davidson College View Entire Review
It was completely worth while, I loved every minute of the trip. I learned not only class material but things about myself and the people of Tanzania. Kathrine M - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
I gained a lot from this experience. I decided to study abroad in order to experience something that I'd never experienced before, and it definitely fulfilled the goal. Not only was I out of my comfort zone academically (it had literally nothing to do with my major), but socially as well. Therefore, I was able to engage in learn... A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Studying abroad in Tanzania for two months was the best decision I have ever made. I went into the program with uncontainable amounts of excitement for what my life would entail in the following weeks and was welcomed with equal amounts from both the staff and my fellow peers. Not only did I gain a sense of awareness about the i... A student - Washington State University View Entire Review
I was able to gain a better understanding for conservation, wildlife management and how to take a step back from what you learn in a classroom and use the knowledge and observations from locals living in the area to assist in a way to improve the area. A student - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I gained actual experience in field research, I felt comfortable in a world completely different than where I come from, and I reconnected with my passion to study wildlife. Kamryn R - Trinity University View Entire Review
hands on experience Ella L - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
Studying in Tanzania was probably the best decision I've made in my college career. I gained new perspectives on the value of knowledge and education in places rich in natural resources. I learnt so much and I made some amazing friends. Gayle W - Gordon College View Entire Review
My experience in Tanzania was definitely worthwhile. I went to Tanzania to experience Africa and all of the wildlife I loved growing up; I certainly achieved these goals. The practical field experience was indispensable and I don't think there is a better program in East Africa in terms of ecology and conservation. mike k - Boston University View Entire Review
I Learned so much not only about other cultures and environmental issues, but about myself. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
SO VERY WORTHWHILE. such a life-changing experience, especially with the research focus. I loved it. Emily A - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned to be more flexible and go with the flow, because a lot of things can go wrong in Africa and you have to be patient, especially when traveling in a group of 30+ people. It was a great experience that was definitely worthwhile and taught me a lot about myself and the world around me. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was incredibly worthwhile. I have my complaints, of course, but I think the program's flaws are just part of it's nature. My biggest thing is that there is literally no unstructured time. Definitely travel after. Then you get the best of both worlds. A student - Purdue University View Entire Review
Cultural understanding, going outside of my comfort zone, passion for human wildlife conflict resolution and environmental conflict resolution A student - University of Vermont View Entire Review
This trip has taught me to be more patient and to take things in stride. It is not worth it to get upset over the little things in life. Ashley K - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in Tanzania allow students to examine the drivers of habitat degradation and land-use change, as well as the implications for both local economic livelihoods and wildlife conservation. Students gain a general overview of cultural perceptions, conservation issues, wildlife dispersal areas, and biodiversity conservation, and have a chance to learn and apply in the field multiple techniques and approaches to studying wildlife, natural resources, and ecosystems.
Wildlife Management Studies (SEMESTER PROGRAM): The program's curriculum and research focus on examining how changes in land-use and resource availability can be managed in such a way as to safeguard and promote biodiversity conservation while fostering the well-being of local communities. Students develop skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common African large mammals, and learn about inclusion of rural communities in conservation and management of natural resources.
Wildlife Management and Conservation (SUMMER PROGRAM): Students in this program learn wildlife management practices and gain an understanding of the complex issues involving sustainable wildlife conservation. The course combines concepts and principles of ecology, natural resource management, and socioeconomics which are central to effective and sustainable wildlife conservation.
Techniques for Wildlife Field Research (SUMMER PROGRAM): Students learn a suite of wildlife field techniques and methods routinely used to assess wildlife ecology and management policies and practices in East Africa. The focus is multidisciplinary and reflects the complex realities of balancing ecological, economic, and socio-cultural factors in sustainable wildlife conservation and management studies.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- African Studies
- Animal Sciences
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Environmental Studies
- Zoology, Animal Biology
- Environmental Science
- International Relations
- Natural Resources, Conservation
- Global Studies
- Sustainability Studies
- Natural Resources and Conservation
- Natural Resources Management
- Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
- Natural Sciences
- Sociology and Anthropology
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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.
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.
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.
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.