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  • Locations: Kimana, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Fall, Ongoing, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: Miami University applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/27/2020 05/06/2020

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Course(s) Available In: Black World Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Science, Zoology Program Type: Co-sponsored, Global Preferred
Study Abroad Advisor: Erin Brandyberry, Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Ryan Dye
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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