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The School for Field Studies - Wildlife Management Studies

Manyara, Tanzania
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Summerterm
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Minimum GPA: 
2.8
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Language of Instruction: 
English


TANZANIA SEMESTER: WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT STUDIES

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans

OVERVIEW

Step beyond the tourist experience during a semester in Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and graceful gazelles – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Tanzania’s Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester in the field with an in-depth research project.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Field lectures on large mammal migratory patterns during multi-day camping expedition to Serengeti National Park
  • Research on lion and elephant ecology in Tarangire National Park
  • Observations on tourism impacts on the wetlands of Lake Manyara National Park
  • Collaborations with Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities on community conservation, climate change adaptation and livestock predation mitigation strategies

THE FIELD STATION:
SFS students live and study at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Known locally as “Moyo Hill Camp” and surrounded by Tanzania’s world-famous national parks and wildlife, it’s the perfect base camp for expeditions into the field. Campus is reminiscent of summer camp, with plenty of outdoor and communal spaces, while the small, friendly community of Rhotia is a short walk away.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Wildlife conservation
  • African large mammal behavior
  • Carnivore ecology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Climate change
  • Community-based conservation

 

FIELD SKILLS

  • GIS
  • Wildlife census techniques
  • Natural resource valuation
  • Research design
  • Data collection
  • Scientific writing and presentation

 

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Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
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To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

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Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 01/01/2018
Summerterm 2018 03/15/2018 01/01/2018
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 06/01/2018