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The School for Field Studies / SFS: Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
Few places in the world are more iconic than the African savanna. In Tanzania, baobabs and acacia trees dot the horizon, while wildebeest stampede through the Serengeti on their Great Migration. The Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, ... read more
Beyond just new academics, this program was really a learning experience in a different lifestyle. It taught me flexibility, "pole-pole" or slow-living, the beauty of being present, a reduction in materialistic tendencies (which the world needs more of), and made community a greater priority in my life. I can't speak well enough... Georgiana D - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A great knowledge of wildlife management and conservation, as well as lifelong friends. Benjamin I - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I was able to learn a lot about myself though this experience and broaden my worldview while gaining a lot of knowledge that I can take to my majors. It was definitely worthwhile A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself as a person because I didn't know anyone going there. I learned a lot about field research techniques in my field, which was very exciting. I gained a better perspective of what it's like to do the kind of work I want to do. A student - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
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
Very worthwhile. I learned about international wildlife management, cooperative management techniques, animal identification, and so much more. Alexa F - University of California - Berkeley View Entire Review
I gained plenty of valuable knowledge and experience from this program through the course materials as well as experiential learning. I was also lucky enough to make a lifelong friend, and get very close with some other students. Finally, I was able to learn about myself as a person, and it was an extremely eye-opening and worth... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I think that this program showed me a lot about the importance of the human side of conservation, and got me really excited about conservation strategies that actually consider the livelihoods and wellbeing of people. This is an issue that is certainly not as widely discussed in the US, and I think that coming to Tanzania and do... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the challenges to wildlife management, about local tribes and culture, and got a look into a very different world than in the US. 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
Tanzania has made progress in protecting its large populations of charismatic wildlife, but this rich landscape faces many challenges. Our research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change, habitat fragmentation, and competition for resources and promotes successful coexistence between humans and the country’s incredible wildlife.
Wildlife Management Studies (SEMESTER PROGRAM): Step beyond a tourist experience in East Africa. Explore the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Tanzania’s Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project.
Fundamentals of Wildlife Management (SUMMER I PROGRAM): In this summer fundamentals course, the complex human-dominated landscape of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, with diverse and competing land use types, becomes your classroom. Through field-based excursions, interactions with local communities, and discussions with wildlife conservation and management experts, watch the critical issues surrounding wildlife management and conservation come to life before your eyes.
Carnivores of the African Plains (SUMMER II PROGRAM): Tanzania is home to more than 35 species of carnivores, including the African lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena, and wild dog – all of which are on the IUCN Red List. Study the behavioral ecology and conservation challenges facing these incredible creatures, while observing some of Africa’s largest remaining carnivore guilds up close.
SFS students live and study at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Known locally as “Moyo Hill Camp” and surrounded by Tanzania’s world-famous national parks and wildlife, it’s the perfect base camp for expeditions into the field. Campus is reminiscent of summer camp, with plenty of outdoor and communal spaces, while the small, friendly community of Rhotia is a short walk away.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Animal Sciences
- Natural Resources, Conservation
- Natural Resources and Conservation
- Environmental Studies
- Environmental Science
- Natural Resources Management
- Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
- African Studies
- Zoology, Animal Biology
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Natural Sciences
- Global Studies
- Sustainability Studies
- International Relations
- 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.
These grants will be awarded on the basis of need and may supplement other awards of SFS need-based scholarships, travel grants, and zero- or low-interest loans.
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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