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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/28/2019 05/08/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English, Swahili
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Culture, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography & Land Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, International Studies, Sociology Housing Options: Student Residence/ On Campus
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:




  • 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


Experience this dynamic semester program examining complex, real world environmental issues on the ground in Tanzania. Critically consider how wildlife management, behavioral ecology, climate change adaptation, human-wildlife conflict, and community-based conservation play out across this culturally rich and biodiverse region. Connect theory with practice through field exercises, community collaborations, and multiday excursions, and apply them to a faculty-mentored Directed Research project. Present and discuss research findings with local community members, and contribute to long-term understanding and management of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem.


  • Wildlife identification
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Rangeland assessment
  • Field ornithology
  • Natural resource management
  • Community governance of protected areas
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Diverse conservation strategies


  • 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


Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients.

The course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.