The School for Field Studies / SFS: Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies

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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, buffal... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.9
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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 - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - Keystone College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with The School for Field Studies / SFS: Kenya & Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
Past Review Unforgettable
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... - 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. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
Past Review Best Trip Ever.
I learned so much about science, and myself. - 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... - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SFS: Kenya & Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
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! - 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! - 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... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
absolutely! - Davidson College 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... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with The School for Field Studies / SFS: Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
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. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with The School for Field Studies / SFS: Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
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... - 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. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with The School for Field Studies / SFS: Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
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. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SFS: Kenya & Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
hands on experience - 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. - 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. - Boston University View Entire Review
I Learned so much not only about other cultures and environmental issues, but about myself. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SFS: Kenya & Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies
SO VERY WORTHWHILE. such a life-changing experience, especially with the research focus. I loved it. - 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. - 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. - Purdue University View Entire Review

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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, and rhinos – are all found here. Tanzania is also
home to the Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribes, all of whom have rich cultural
traditions and strong ties to the land.

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
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  • Wildlife Management Studies (SEMESTER PROGRAM)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 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.

  • Carnivores of the African Plains (SUMMER II PROGRAM)Tanzania
    is home to more than 35 species of carnivores, including the African lion,
    cheetah, leopard, 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
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • International Relations
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Anthropology
  • Global Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
  • Natural Sciences
  • Geography
  • Sociology and Anthropology
Minimum GPA:
2.6
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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.

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

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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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