Study Abroad


Natural History and Conservation Biology of Tanzania - East Africa

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014-15 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4463
SAU Course Equivalency:  +BIOL 123 Special Topics in Biology (4 credit hours)
Instructor:  Dr. Cindy Johnson, Department of Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota
Prerequisites:  None
Dates:  Jan. 6-29, 2015 (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 14)
Location:  Arusha and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Field work in several national parks and conservation areas throughout the country.
Price:  $7,695-$7,995 (subject to change)

Program description

This course will allow students to observe and study the world's largest population of free-ranging mega fauna and visit traditional Tanzanian cultures.  We will focus on ecosystem characteristics including geology, climate, ecology, and how this intersects with human use of the land. Students will learn to identify different species (large mammals, birds, plants), animal behavior as well as how these organisms function (grazing hierarchies, adaptations, etc.) within the East African grasslands. Traditional tribes, including the hunting-gathering Hadza or pastoral Maasai, will be visited and we will learn how these groups have impacted the ecology of Northern Tanzania as well as how current land management policies regarding these tribes have compromised wildlife conservation. Students will confront issues of conflict between traditional economies, wildlife conservation, current land use, subsistence farming, over-population and exploitation. 

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Transportation to most course activities while abroad
  • Lodging
  • Continental breakfast daily (exceptions may apply)
  • Other meals (as indicated on course syllabus)
  • Entrance fees for required course activities
  • Planned excursions
  • Administrative costs
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals (when not included in course fees) - approximate cost: $37.50
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
Step 1:  Complete the online application.
Step 2:  Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 3: Submit a completed Liability Form to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).  
Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by November 1. Submit your payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose.

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

Application and payment details

  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.
  • Failure to meet deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program