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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
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
So worthwhile! A student - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I was so impressed by the staff at SFS. I learned to stop worrying about the small stuff and that putting yourself out there is so worth it. Amber W - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I learned a great deal about East African ecology and wildlife management. I also learned quite a bit about the political situation in this part of the world. The life experiences gave me a much deeper appreciation for the need for sustainable development and the plague of consumerism in American society. I was able to develo... Luke A - Denison University View Entire Review
This experience was very worthwhile. It has opened me up to a new view on the world and has made me a more flexible, understanding, and compassionate person. It has also cemented my interest in pursuing a field in conservation efforts, and has encouraged me to become globally active and to always consider local communities and t... Liz D - Thiel College View Entire Review
YES! I will forever long to return to East Africa. Being a zoology student, there is no place better to go. It not only enhance my wildlife knowledge but changed my life and opened up so many opportunities for my future career. Anyone who is in the wildlife-biology field would greatly benefit from this program! Erica F - Connecticut College View Entire Review
This experience changed my life. Becky H - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Yes! Very worthwhile. SFS made me love traveling even more than I already did. I am aware of cultural differences and complex management issues of human population growth, modernization, ecology, and wildlife management. Leila Q - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
Yes, this experience changed my life and my perspective it was truely the most memorable and wonderful experience of my life. No tonly did I learn more than I ever imagined I also found a passion that I didn't know existed. Megan S - Southern Connecticut State University View Entire Review
I learned scientific field research skills and a greater understanding of global environmental programs. I think the skills I learned at SFS will help me in all of my feature academic endeavors Whitney7 - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was an amazing experience that I am so lucky to have participated in. It gave me a whole new outlook of the world and of my life and really made me thankful for everything that I have. It was absolutely incredible and I would recommend it to anyone who was interested. Kara S - Rollins College 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
I learned about the culture, people, wildlife, and natural resources in East Africa and I fell in love with every single part of Kenya and Tanzania. This was the best experience I've had in my life. It was absolutely worthwhile and the best decision I ever made! A student - Cornell University View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained a greater understanding of the world, an increased perspective on issues, and a greater confidence in myself. Andrew G - Guilford College View Entire Review
It was a good change of pace from a normal college setting- I was studying the ecosystem, culture and policy of the places in which I was learning. Jennifer L - Wellesley College View Entire Review
after studying abroad, i can not wait to go back to kenya and tanzania! all i want to do now is travel and be able to experience new cultures in a non-touristy way Judith P - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
Study abroad opened me to worlds I never knew. I learned just as much about myself as I did about Kenya and that too is a priceless experience. Amy W - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
Tanzania was more than I ever expected it to be. I have always been an animal lover, but I definitely fell in love with the people and the culture in my time there. The educational experience of the program has no rival field site throughout the world. We drove through national parks for class! Class! There is no other place w... Sarah J - Ohio Wesleyan University View Entire Review
Tanzania was nothing like I expected. I never thought that people in so much desperation for basic needs and medical help could be as happy and warm-hearted as the people I became in contact with in the East African country. The program was everything I could have wanted and more. When it came to studying wildlife management (th... Daniel R - Clark University View Entire Review
The program helped solidify my choice of career and got me more interested in conservation research. The cultural awareness has changed my viewpoint of America as a whole and has led me to making small changes in my life that I hope will eventually catch on with my peers and eventually create a larger change. Kim K - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
This was one of the best experiences I've had in my life. I was able to learn a lot about another culture, and see amazing things. I enjoyed getting to know the local people and seeing the wildlife and scenery that I had previously only seen in photographs. This program helped me focus my academic interests, as before leaving I ... Claire G - Colorado State University View Entire Review
yes. Bailey G - Barnard College View Entire Review
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.
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
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.
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.