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Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
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Hippo in Arusha, Tanzania

Program Overview

Digging for tubers in ArushaProgram dates: May 15 to June 3, 2019 (Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.)

This three-week summer session course is taught entirely in Tanzania during the first summer session at Penn State. Students will examine the regional ecology, human-environment interactions, and conservation of natural resources. In addition to lectures and discussions, this exceptional opportunity allows students to participate in guided walking and driving safaris, participate in guided field research contributing to long term datasets and research projects in both pastoral and agricultural ecosystems.  

Students will complete course readings and have the opportunity to select a theme which they will investigate for a final paper. The course is limited to 12 participants, allowing instructors to tailor discussions and will include guest lectures by local experts in biology, conservation, and health as well as visits to research institutions, national parks and a medical clinic/lab.

Browse 2016 program photos2017 program photos, and 2018 program photos and watch this Informational video summarizing BIOL498A: Biology of Ecohealth in Tanzania for more information.

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Baboon behavior presentation 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 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.

Students enrolled in the Tanzania program will be registered in BIOL 498 for three credits and must have completed one life science course at Penn State (BIOL, BMB , MICROB, BIOTC, etc.)


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Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader. 

  • Students are required to have completed at least one life science course at Penn State (BIOL, BMB, MICROB, BIOTC, etc.)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Housing and Meals

The program fee includes the cost of all accommodations.  Housing will vary over the length of the course.  Students will live mostly in tents during the time in the field, but will also stay in some guesthouses.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. 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 may vary depending on class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students hiking in TanzaniaPenn 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 Cost and Funding section of the Global Penn State website.

Students are eligible to apply for Grant- in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship, Africa and Latin America scholarship and may be eligible for the Diversity Grant-in Aid through the Office of Global Programs.

Students in the College of Science at Penn State are eligible for the Global Experiences Scholarship (average award $1,000+).

Students with a strong interest in the course content, who have financial concerns are encouraged to contact Paul Shaffner.

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

For more information, please contact Paul Shaffner, the faculty leader for the program. You may also 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

Tanzania native's leg with bandsIf 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
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2019

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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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 TBA TBA