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  • Locations: Chingola, Zambia; Kabwe, Zambia; Livingstone, Zambia; Lusaka, Zambia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Study Abroad Advisor: Lynn Butler
Field of Study: Black World Studies, Environmental Science Scholarships: Please see Financing page on left of screen.
Program Description:
Miami University Faculty-led Study Abroad


Miami University Faculty-led Study Abroad Workshop
Environment and Sustainability in Zambia
Offered by Miami Faculty, Dr. Jonathan Levy
Questions? Email the director at


 Just the Basics
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  • Summer 2019 Travel Dates:  05/31/2019 - 06/23/2019

Location: Zambia: Lusaka, Kabwe, Chingola, Livingstone
Course(s): IES/BWS 499 ( 6 cr) - Undergraduate
                   IES/BWS 599 (6 cr) - Graduate

Tell Me More...
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Cities in Zambia face many water quantity and quality problems.  Some of these problems are representative of those faced by many lower-income countries.  In this workshop, we will work together with students and professors from the University of Zambia and personnel from the Zambian Environmental Management Agency to conduct water-resource and other environmental research.  Some of our research will be in communities just outside Lusaka where people depend on karst groundwater systems for their drinking water supply.  We will continue previous work conducting dye tracing, where nontoxic fluorescent dye is injected at recharge points and recovered via passive receptors at points of discharge – a method not applied in Lusaka before previous Miami workshops. We will also conduct water-quality surveys to help assess the degree of groundwater contamination in targeted Lusaka communities.  In addition, we will travel throughout Zambia to explore other resource issues.  We will travel to the mining areas on which Zambia’s economy depends to learn about the environmental impacts of mining and to investigate water quality as well.  We will research potential exposure pathways for heavy-metal contamination in the city of Kabwe, identified by Time magazine as one of the most polluted cities in the world.  Finally, we will explore the natural wonders of Zambia’s National Parks and Victoria Falls to learn about people’s use and dependence on river systems as well as generation of electricity by Victoria Falls themselves.


Is this Right for Me?
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The course(s) in this program are best used for the following degree requirements. But, always check with your academic advisor to see how the course(s) can work for you!

  • Major/Minor
  • Global Perspectives

Health and Safety Considerations:

  • Students are encouraged to review recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control's Travel Website, as well as the resources outlined by International SOS.

Program Admissions Criteria: All programs require a minimum of a 2.25 cumulative GPA. Some programs may require a higher GPA.

  • GPA 
  • Disciplinary History


What's it Going to Cost?
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Miami University faculty-led study abroad and away workshops have three cost components: tuition/admin fee, program fee and out-of-pocket expenses. The full cost of participation is the total of the costs below.
Tuition and Admin fee + Program fee + Out of pocket expenses = Total cost


**Workshops are exempt from the Tuition Promise** Amount Due by:
Ohio Resident per credit hour $549.20 Charged to Bursar bill
Non-Resident per credit hour* $936.30 Charged to Bursar bill
Ohio Resident per credit hour $536.21 Charged to Bursar bill
Non-Resident per credit hour* $898.48 Charged to Bursar bill

* This rate reflects a discounted tuition rate approved for non-Ohio residents participating in this study abroad/away program. This discount is considered a waiver.  Per University policy, only one tuition waiver can be applied to an individual student per term, but the highest waiver rate will be automatically applied. 

An explanation of how tuition charges will appear on your bursar bill is available at

Summer Term Tuition Refund Policy
You must officially withdraw from a credit workshop registration by  4:30 p.m. on the business day before the start of the workshop to receive a tuition refund. Workshop administrative fees and program fees are non-refundable unless the workshop is cancelled by Miami University. Failure to attend, non-payment, or contacting the workshop director is insufficient notice. To officially withdraw from a workshop, you must contact Global Initiatives, 214 MacMillan Hall,, (513)529-8600.

ADMINISTRATIVE FEE $175.00 Charged to Bursar bill
Administrative Fee Refund Policy
The $175 administrative fee is charged upon course registration and is non-refundable.
2019 PROGRAM FEE $4000  
DEPOSIT $2000 due 12/1
BALANCE $2000 due no later than 4/1
Program fee includes international airfare, housing, some meals, ground transportation, activities, field trips.

Program Fee Refund Policy
The program deposit and the refund policy is set by the director. The full fee is non-refundable.

Additional Anticipated Expenses $548 Out-of-pocket
Additional Anticipated Expenses include GeoBlue insurance, additional meals, visa personal expenses.

All fees are subject to change without notice

All summer session courses and credit workshops are enrollment contingent, and are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.


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Jonathan Levy
513 529 1947
Institute for Environment & Sustainability
Shideler Hall, 120 & 225

Miami Faculty-led Study Abroad
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This program is currently not accepting applications.