About the Location
Northern Tanzania, home of world famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Serengeti, as well as the Ngorongoro conservation area, offer a tightly packed hub of wildlife conservation. This magnificent setting on the Maasai Steppe will be our ‘learning laboratory’. Expeditions to the national parks will be frequent. This area of Tanzania is extremely scenic and is the center of nature tourism in the East Africa region.
Traditional pastoralism is also practiced here in what has been the home of the Maasai and Iraqw people for centuries. Northern Tanzania is a place where members of local communities interact with wildlife on a daily basis. For these reasons, this area provides an excellent opportunity to examine some of the challenges and opportunities of conservation in Tanzania, including human-wildlife interaction.
Students will be exposed to a rich array of issues related to wildlife management and conservation, and in methods and practices in wildlife field research. Summer sessions are presented by SFS faculty and guests who have years of field experience and grounded knowledge of the area. Field lectures and field trips will comprise a critical component of this summer program.
Students learn about wildlife management practices and the complex issues involving sustainable wildlife conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of Tanzania. The course combines concepts and principles of ecology, natural resource management, and socioeconomics, all of which are central to effective and sustainable wildlife conservation. During the course, students develop field skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common African large mammals.
Central to this first summer session is the understanding and evaluation of protected areas in the region, and students learn methods to examine the complexities of conserving wildlife in protected areas amidst a rapidly changing socioeconomic and political environment. In addition, students learn about constraints to the conservation of wildlife among resource-poor rural populations and identify key aspects of human-wildlife conflicts.
In the second session, students learn a suite of field research techniques and methods routinely used to study wildlife ecology and assess management policies and practices in East Africa. The focus is on the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, where we practice field techniques in multiple areas, including national parks, community ranches, and in villages.
Students learn foundational field skills in observation and evaluations of wildlife, as well as interactive methods used for assessing local community attitudes and behaviors toward conservation efforts, and apply these techniques to advance long-term research goals at our Center.
Examples of techniques that are taught include effective species identification; sampling and data analysis methods for flora and fauna; large mammal behavioral study methods; remote and on-ground sensing and spatial mapping; social survey design and interviewing skills; and communication skills.
To see course listings for this program, visit the program website.
Things to note about taking courses abroad:
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
Summer Session I – early June to early July
Summer Session II – early July to early August
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the summer budget sheet.
GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester. Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
School for Field Studies (SFS) awards scholarships for students in their programs. For more information on SFS funding, visit the SFS website.
Students live in a field station in a small, local community. Students share living quarters and have access to a kitchen/dining area, library, computer room, and classrooms.
Students must complete the online Elon University Study Abroad Application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by the School for Field Studies.
Note: This program has limited capacity. Applications for a given term will no longer be accepted once capacity has been reached.
A successful semester and summer abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule
for summer programs.
Additional Information and Links
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Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!