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  • Locations: Kimana, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
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Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Carol Lebold Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Earth Systems, Environmental Sciences, Food Science, Natural Resources Conservation, Plant and Soil Sciences, Political Science, Resource Economics, Service Learning, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sustainable Community Development, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation
Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, Swahili Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Program Description:

SFS KENYA: WILDLIFE, WATER, AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE (SEMESTER)

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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

Explore Kenya’s world-famous national parks and reserves while learning about wildlife conservation issues and seeing Africa’s charismatic creatures up close – from colossal elephants to the endangered black rhinoceros. Here, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, climate change and the availability of natural resources are affecting Kenya’s ecosystems and those living in them. Spend your semester studying the root causes of these changes and how different strategies for sustainability and conservation can benefit local people and wildlife alike.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • On a multi-day camping trip, explore Amboseli National Park – widely regarded as the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants.
  • Spend two weeks in Tanzania, with expeditions to Serengeti National Park, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Take part in a homestay with a local Maasai family and learn about their culture, history, daily life, and relationship with nature.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Water and Wildlife Studies. The Center, known locally as Kilimanjaro Bush Camp, lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Our sprawling, grassy campus includes traditional thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), just down the road from the small town of Kimana.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Wildlife management and sanctuaries
  • Climate change resilience
  • Primate behavior
  • Water conservation
  • National parks management
  • Community conservation
 

CORE SKILLS

  • GIS
  • Species identification and wildlife census
  • Animal behavior observation
  • Water quality assessment
  • Basic Swahili language
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
 

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