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IEX J-Term 2020: Natural History and Conservation Biology of Tanzania: Camping Safari
Arusha, Tanzania; Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania; Olduvai, Tanzania; Serengeti, Tanzania; Tarangire, Tanzania; Yaeda Valley, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: January Interim
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Gustavus Adolphus College
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Program Term(s):
January Interim
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Minimum GPA:
2.50
Program Description:
Program Description:
TanzaniaThis course will allow students to observe and study the world’s largest population of free-ranging mega fauna and visit traditional Tanzanian cultures. We will focus on ecosystem characteristics including geology, climate, ecology and how this intersects with human use of the land.

Highlights
  • Arusha National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Yaeda Valley
  • Pangani Beach 
  • Amani Forest Reserve

Overview
This course will allow students to observe and study the world’s largest population of free-ranging mega fauna and visit traditional Tanzanian cultures. We will focus on ecosystem characteristics including geology, climate, ecology and how this intersects with human use of the land. Students will learn to identify different species (large mammals, birds, plants), animal behavior as well as how these organisms function (grazing hierarchies, adaptations, etc.) within the East African grasslands. Traditional tribes, including the hunting-gathering Hadza or pastoral Maasai, will be visited and we will learn how these groups have impacted the ecology of Northern Tanzania as well as how current land management policies regarding these tribes have compromised wildlife conservation. Students will confront issues of conflict between traditional economies, wildlife conservation, current land use, subsistence farming, over population and exploitation.

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Locations
  • Arusha,
  • Ngorongoro
  • Pembe Abwe
  • Serengetti

Academic Calendar
Expected dates
On-campus orientation: TBD Fall 2019
Study away departure from U.S.: Jan 7, 2020
Study away arrival in Tanzania: Jan 8, 2020
Study away return departure from Tanzania: Jan 27, 2020 (late evening)
Study away return arrival in U.S.: Jan 28, 2020

Faculty Leader(s)
CindyCindy L. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor in Biology, Environmental Studies, and African Studies
Dr.  Johnson  is  a  Professor  in  the  department  of  Biology  at  Gustavus  Adolphus  College,  where  she  teaches  conservation  biology  and a  variety  of  plant  courses.  She  has  strong  interests  in  conservation  and  East  Africa  and  is  an  advocate  of  learning  ecology  through travel.  Dr.  Johnson  was  a  Fulbright  Scholar  in  Tanzania  for  two  years  (2009-11)  and  has  led  UMAIE  courses  to  Tanzania  many  times.

Accommodation
Anticipated accommodations will include tents (2 students/tent), beach huts, and lodges (2 or 3 students per hut/room).

Program Costs
The program fee of $6,450 will cover all lodging and local transportation in Tanzania, all meals, necessary visas, permits, instruction and guides, activities, and excursions. Students will be responsible for round-trip airfare to Tanzania, personal expenses, and obtaining necessary travel vaccinations (cost will vary according to students' insurance plans).  CICE can help offer advice about booking flights and will suggest an itinerary for those wishing to travel with other students.  Please contact CICE for more details.

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Eligibility
All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. 

Application Deadline
Students must complete the online application by May 1, 2019. 

Entry visas and passports
Students will need to obtain an entry visa for Tanzania.  CICE will coordinate the visa application for the student group and will share more information about this process in fall 2019. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2020, by the start of Fall 2019 semester.

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.
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