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Studying in Botswana

Field Studies in Wildlife Conservation 

Prerequisites for NS 2044: EN 1011/1015, F.Y. Studies, 3-credit 1000-level NS course (or permission of instructor)

July 30-August 20, 2017

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  Program Director: Debbie Hayward

Headshot of Andrew Stein smilingAcademic Director: Andrew Stein

Primary goal: to introduce multidisciplinary approaches in addressing challenges to species conservation and community-based natural resource management

  • Study in two iconic African ecosystems: the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert
  • Learn techniques for studying wildlife communities and tracking African predators
  • Explore African culture by visiting local villages and ancient rock paintings
  • Develop an understanding of the complexities of wildlife conservation issues, including lions, elephants, and rhinos
  • Adapt to rustic living situations, changing schedules, and challenging environments

Special considerations:

  • Flights to and from Botswana are l-o-n-g (sometimes over 20 hours from New York). Your program will start while you are still experiencing jetlag.
  • No visa is required, but immunizations are highly recommended (see U.S. Center for Disease Control guidelines).
  • Conditions in Botswana in July/August will be dry and dusty.
  • This program requires that students be adaptable and comfortalbe living for 3 weeks with limited solitude.

Syllabus for NS 2044


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Travel Information

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Cost for the trip is $6,500* and includes:

  • 4-credit course
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Some meals (a supplemental food allowance of $250.00 will be assessed to cover food not provided by program)

Price does not include individual spending money.

Limited financial aid is available; contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid.

* Discounts for students enrolled in back-to-back summer study abroad programs. Pair this program with Scotland.

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