The SFS: Tanzania Wildlife Management Studies program in northern Tanzania is well-suited for students who want a hands-on study abroad program that examines the issues of African wildlife and sustainable development. The curriculum and research of this program focus on examining how changes in land-use and resource availability in the Massai steppe ecosystems can be managed to safeguard and promote biodiversity conservation while fostering the well-being of local communities.  For the directed research project, students work in teams conducting research related to on-going SFS studies on topics such as grazing, land-use patterns, water use, and factors affecting wildlife populations.

“The field experiences were amazing. We had weekly field exercises amidst our in-class lectures. We also had field exercises during our multi-day expeditions to the national parks. For someone who has minimal field experience, this program was a great introduction, and then some! SFS Tanzania was one of the best experiences of my academic and personal career. I wouldn’t exchange the experience for anything else. I fell in love with Tanzania, the staff and faculty at the SFS center, and the community--it became my second home!" - Eva G. '18

Student Blogs:

Antonia Gascoyne | Spring 2018

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Delbert Hutchison (Biology Department)

Fields of study:

Wildlife management, ecology and environmental studies, Swahili language

Eligibility:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement), completion of at least one college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies science course

Language Prerequisite:

None

Credits:

18 credits per semester - Required Courses
Techniques in Wildlife Management (4 credits)
Wildlife Ecology (4 credits)
Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits)
Directed Research (4 credits) 
Intro to Swahili Language and East African Tribal Communities (2 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SFS credit = 1 Whitman credit

Internships:

None

Housing:

Rustic brick buildings called bandas at Moyo Hill Camp

Meals:

Provided by SFS at their Center

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring

Calendar:

late August - December, late January - May 

Deadline:

Rolling Admission - students are encouraged to apply early.

Scholarships:

SFS Financial Aid

Program Link:

SFS: Tanzania Wildlife Management Studies