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Studying in Botswana

BIO2711: Field Studies in Wildlife Conservation


Program Map
Map of Botswana showing program locations

Program Leaders

Photo of Program Director Debbie Hayward

Program Director:
Debbie Hayward

Headshot of Andrew Stein smiling

Academic Director:
Andrew Stein

Prerequisites: EDU1001/1011, WRT1011, 3-credit 1000-level Natural Science (BIO, CHE, GEO, or NSC) course (or permission of instructor)

Dates: July 27 to August 17, 2019*

*The departure flight will leave in the morning of July 27, so some students may need to begin their travels on the 26th; the return flight will land in the U.S. on August 18.

2019 Program documents:

Check out the Botswana 2019 blog.

Program Overview

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 jet lag.
  • 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 comfortable living for 3 weeks with limited solitude.

Program Cost

The Botswana program fee is $7,000* and includes:

  • 4-credit course
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Most meals

Estimated additional costs: about $150 – $200.

Student spending can vary depending on the individual. Additional costs include:

  • Some meals: students will be responsible for paying for approximately one breakfast, one lunch, and nine dinners.
  • Free-time activities
  • Cell phone costs, if students plan to activate a roaming plan or purchase a local SIM card
  • Souvenirs, gifts, etc.
  • Additional luggage fees beyond the first checked bag

Additional note: Flights for this program will depart from a New York’s JFK airport, and participants will need to arrive at the airport early (by 8 a.m. at the latest). A shuttle bus will be provided from Landmark campus on the evening before the program for students who prefer to stay at a hotel near the airport, at their own expense. Some students may incur other additional costs to get to the departure airport.

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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