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UMAIE: Natural History and Conservation Biology of Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: UMAIE 
Program Cost January Term
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Subject Areas: Biology, Environmental Science Housing Options: Hotel
Language Prerequisite: None Program Sponsor: UMAIE
Program Description:
The Natural History and Conservation Biology of Tanzania & East Africa
Program Highlights
  • Course will be taught by Professor Cindy Johnson from Gustavus Adolphus College.  Professor Johnson has led this course on seven previous occasions.
  • Lectures and numerous site visits allow students to study and observe Tanzania's abundant wildlife and ecosystems. Additionally students examine community conservation methods and explore the interface between development and conservation. 
  • Visit sites include Arusha National Park, Lake Natron, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire.
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Fulfills: Elective credit
Academic Overview
Course Description
This course will allow students to observe and study the world’s largest population of free-ranging mega fauna and visi 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.

Program Structure
This is a camping safari; travel is over rough winding roads in open vehicles. No camping experience is necessary, but students must be in reasonable fitness, able to walk 1 mile and tolerant of camping conditions

Phone Interview
The application process for this course will likely involve a phone interview. Be prepared to discuss:
Why do you want to take a biology course in Tanzania? (Be specific with regard to the subject of the course and country.) No camping experience is necessary for this course, but a sense of adventure and tolerance of discomfort are critical. What experiences have you had that might prepare you for these kinds of challenges?

Required Readings
Field Journal
Selected Readings
Field Guides

100 points     Discussion and Participation
100 points     Field Notebook
100 points     Final Exam         
Click on the Budget Sheet link above for detailed cost information.
Total Cost Includes: Tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, campsite accommodations in twin and triple occupancy, continental breakfast daily, twenty-one lunches and twenty dinners (subject to change).

Program Directors
Cindy L. Johnson, Ph.D., Gustavus Adolphus College, (507) 933-7043,
Thad Peterson

Description of Program Directors
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.

Mr. Peterson is one of three American brothers who owns and operates Dorobo Safaris in Tanzania since the 1980's. Thad is an expert on Tanzanian wildlife, particularly reptiles. Thad has extensive experience operating safaris in Tanzania with a particular focus on community conservation and ecotourism.

Application Procedures & Deadlines

  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Login using your UST username and password
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10, 2014. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2014.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by its content.

Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2014
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

Financial Aid/Scholarships
To apply for January Term financial aid, submit a January Term financial aid application, available in early November, to the financial aid office. Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations.  Refer to our Scholarships webpage for details.
Review the Short Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures guide for additional financial aid information. To verify and confirm all financial aid awards meet with a financial aid counselor.

For more information
On course content, contact: Prof. Cindy Johnson, 507-933-7043,

On application procedures or logistical information, contact Study Abroad.

Office of Study Abroad
International Education Center (on campus: 44 N. Cleveland)
University of St. Thomas
Mail 44C
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199

This program is currently not accepting applications.