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SFS: Kenya & Tanzania
Amboseli, Kenya; Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Program Terms: Fall,
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Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 Courses Offered:
African Studies, Agriculture, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Swahili
 Type of Program:
Study Center
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Kathleen Fox
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:

Please note: In order to comply with Penn State's International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries with active U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings are required to submit a petition for a waiver to the Standing Advisory Committee on Student International Travel. This petition will be included in the online application process for this program. For more information regarding the travel warning, please visit the U.S. Department of State website at

Northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, home of world famous national parks such as Amboseli, Tsavo, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro conservation area, offers a tightly packed hub of wildlife conservation. This extremely scenic area, which is the center of tourism in East Africa, has been the home of the Maasai people for centuries. The two regions share some bio-physical characteristics and cultural elements, but enough subtle and distinct differences in conservation and development policy, soil and vegetation composition, water resource availability, and culture provide an opportunity for comparing and contrasting wildlife management studies between these two regions. In this two-country program, students will compare and contrast the socio-economic, policy, and environmental drivers and implications of demographic change, land reform, and wildlife poputations for wildlife conservation and rural livelihood.
Students will be exposed to a rich array of issues in both countries related to wildlife management and conservation, presented by SFS faculty and guests who have field experience and knowledge of these areas. Through classroom and field activities, students will contrast the conservation issues in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of northern Tanzania with those in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem just north of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. In this two-country program, students will begin their study at one field station, gaining general knowledge about the wildlife in the region, the pastoralist lifestyle, and principles of wildlife management. Just shy of the half-way point in the semester, students will travel overland to the other field station to apply the foundational knowledge of wildlife management to delve into the specific issues in that region. They will conduct the Directed Research in the final month of the program at the second field site. Students will visit multiple national parks and group ranches at both sites.

One semester college-level ecology or biology

Courses or areas of study
The Great Rift ValleyThe semester program consists of five courses, focusing on comparative wildlife management studies, language,and an in-depth directed research project . Through the coursework and the directed research, you have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the complex and diverse nature of wildlife management. All student will enroll in the following five courses:

  • Techniques of Wildlife Management (4 credits)
  • Wildlife Ecology (4 credits)
  • Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Swahili Language and East African Tribal Communities (2 credits)
  • Directed Research (4 credits)

For more information about the coursework and previous , please visit the SFS: Kenya homepage.

Education Abroad Credits
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 of a Pass/Fail basis.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the SFS Kenya 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.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

For more information about the coursework and previous , please visit the SFS: Kenya homepage.

Housing and Meals
Students will live in basic park accommodations within the Kilimanjaro Bush Camp. The camp is located southeast of Nairobi on 25 acres of fenced land at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, bordering a permanent river fed by natural springs. Students sleep in thatched-roof bandas, with a main building, or chumba, which houses a dining room, kitchen, classroom, and library. Additional facilities include a duka (shop), bathrooms, and open-air showers.

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include 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.

Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
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, including the Whole World Scholarship. 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 see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Kate Fox, the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/15/2013 
Rolling Admission 02/03/2014 05/11/2014
Fall 2014 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 09/01/2014 12/08/2014
Spring 2015 05/01/2014 06/30/2014 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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