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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:
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.
  • Fulfills: SUST designation, ENVR major/minor
Academic Overview
Course Description
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 and 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. This course will include a service component allowing us to give back to an orphanage or school.

Program Structure
This course / camping safari will allow students to observe and study the world’s largest population of free-ranging mega fauna and visit traditional Tanzanian cultures while confronting issues of traditional economies, land ethics, wildlife conservation, subsistence, over-population and exploitation.

Required Readings
Various articles on savanna ecology specially collected for this course.
Required wildlife guides include either: Withers, Martin and David Hosking. Wildlife of East Africa. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 2000
Or: Stuart, Chris and Tilde. Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa. Ralph Curtis Books, FL. 1998.
And: Zimmerman, Dale, Turner, Donald and Pearson, David. Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 1998.

33%    Field Notebook
34%    Discussions, Active Learning and Camp Participation
33%    Final Exam

Program Directors
Cindy Johnson Ph.D., Gustavus Adolphus College (507) 933.7043,

Dr. Johnson is a Professor in the departments of Biology and Environmental Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. She teaches Conservation Biology, Plant Systematics, Organismal Biology, Environmental Justice and the Natural History of Tanzania. Cindy’s research is in plant conservation, particularly the rare genus of ferns, moonworts (Botrychium). Dr. Johnson was a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania for two years (2009-11), has climber Kilimanjaro and has led UMAIE courses to Tanzania many times.
Click on the Budget Sheet link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel and campsite accommodations in twin and triple rooms and tents, twenty breakfasts, twenty lunches and nineteen dinners (subject to change).

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. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • 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
Final Application Deadline: October 1

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.

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on course content, contact the program director(s).
on application procedures or logistical information, contact Study Abroad.

Office of Study Abroad
On campus: MHC 212
2115 Summit Avenue
Mail 5026
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199


This program is currently not accepting applications.