Northern Tanzania, home of world-famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, offers a tightly packed hub for wildlife conservation and tourism opportunities amid a growing human population and development activities. This magnificent setting on the Maasai steppe is our classroom.
Expeditions to the national parks and other protected areas offer students significant opportunities to experience hands-on learning about environmental issues and a suite of strategies for resolving them. Students learn about the complexities of sustainable wildlife conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of northern Tanzania. The courses combine concepts and principles of ecology, natural resource management, socioeconomics, and field research techniques and methods, all of which are components of effective and sustainable wildlife conservation. In this program, students develop field skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common large African mammals.
Central to the program is the understanding and evaluation of protected areas management in the region. Students learn methods of conserving wildlife both inside and outside protected areas amidst a rapidly changing socioeconomic and political environment. In addition, they examine constraints to the conservation of wildlife among resource-poor rural populations and identify key aspects of human-wildlife conflicts.
In addition, students learn foundational field skills in observation and evaluation of wildlife, as well as interactive methods used for assessing local community attitudes and behaviors toward conservation efforts, and apply these techniques to advance long-term research goals at our Center. Students gain an understanding of sound scientific principles and practices that can be used in other global environmental contexts. Students practice various field skills including species identification, sampling and data analysis methods for flora and fauna, large mammal behavioral study methods, remote and on-ground sensing and spatial mapping, social survey design and interviewing skills, and communication skills.
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You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
The program operates in 2 sessions. Each session offers one course for four credits. By completing both sessions, students can earn a maximum of eight credits.
- Session 1 - SFS 3500 Wildlife Management and Conservation (4 credits)
- Session 2 - SFS 3570 Techniques for Wildlife Field Research (4 credits)
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the SFS Kenya & Tanzania Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences should speak with the Study Abroad Coordinator within the College of Agricultural Sciences Office of International Programs when preparing to study abroad.
- Minimum 2.6 cumulative GPA
- At least one semester of college completed before the start of the program
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In Tanzania, students live at Moyo Hill Camp (MHC) located in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem between Lake Manyara National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. MHC is a fenced facility nestled among maize plantations and other crop fields. Students sleep among the native acacia and fig trees, and birdsong fills the air in the morning. The camp consists of multiple buildings including an administrative center, a chumba, which serves as an eating and social activity center, a classroom and library, a computer room, and student, faculty, and staff housing. MHC comprises part of a small community where students can enjoy daily interaction with neighbors. Walking, jogging, soccer, and socializing outside of the camp round out daily life at MHC.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the summer budget sheet. This budget sheet includes information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Since students can enroll in varying amounts of credits on this program, the summer tuition rates vary according to the number of credits taken.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Students participating in both Session 1 and Session 2 receive a $1,000 discount; this discount has already been applied to the summer budget sheet.
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Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- 1 academic recommendation(s)
- Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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