Multiple Locations +3
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Rwanda
Fall, Short Term, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
African Studies Animal Science Biology Botany Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies Earth Sciences Ecology Environmental Studies Field Studies Geography Global Studies Indigenous Cultures Life Sciences Natural Sciences Public Policy Social Sciences Statistics Sustainable Development Tourism Wildlife Sciences +11

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors


Price Details
Program fees include tuition, housing, daily meals, field excursions, entrance fees, cultural activities, advising services, airport transfers, 24/7 mental health and well-being support, official transcript processing and more – check out our website. Need-based scholarships available.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

No Application Fee!

What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Aug 22, 2023
Oct 15, 2022
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About Program

SFS offers some of the best (and most adventurous!) hands-on study abroad programs. Our programs in Kenya explore pressing environmental issues such as climate change, wildlife and natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation. Study diverse wildlife and engage in hands-on conservation research in the world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya and Rwanda. In Kenya, the survival of several endangered, threatened, and vulnerable species

Students have a striking view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from our campus based in Kenya’s Rift Valley. The area is surrounded by diverse habitats from grassy savanna to lakes and swamps to mountain highlands and makes the perfect background to study species such as elephants, lions, hippos, and giraffes, to name a few.

Click on the Visit Site button above to learn more about studying abroad in Kenya with SFS!

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Program Highlights

  • Earn academic credit: 18 credits for semester programs and 4-8 credits for summer programs.
  • Conduct a 4-credit research project during the semester program. Topics may include wildlife management, climate change resilience, primate behavior, water conservation, national parks management, community conservation.
  • Learn how to speak some Swahili, a language used across much of eastern Africa. Learn about the Maasai culture, history, daily life, and relationship with nature.
  • Embark on a two-week excursion to Rwanda, where you’ll visit Akagara National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and the Dian Fossey Foundation. (Semester only))
  • Track endangered mountain gorillas through the Rwandan rainforest with guest lecturers from the Dian Fossey Foundation.

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elephants walking in the savanna

Study diverse wildlife and engage in hands-on conservation research in the world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya and Rwanda. In Kenya, the survival of several endangered, threatened, and vulnerable species hinges on many factors, including the availability of critical resources, climate change, and land use adjustments. Research the root causes of these changes and how different conservation strategies can benefit both humans and wildlife.

lion in the savanna

Immerse yourself in the world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya while studying the world’s tallest terrestrial animal. Through safari drives, field excursions, and conversations with wildlife experts, you will study emerging giraffe conservation issues and develop an understanding of policy implementation and legal protections. You’ll explore traditional knowledge and different approaches to wildlife management and conservation with the Maasai and local community groups.

monkey in tree

Elephant conservation continues to attract concern within and beyond Africa. Join SFS Faculty and leading elephant scientists to learn about these animals in the elephant conservation strongholds in and around Amboseli National Park. Hear the perspectives of local communities living at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, including their day-to-day interactions with the African elephant.
1 class | 4 credits | One life-changing study abroad experience.


The School for Field Studies Scholarships

The School for Field Studies Scholarships

SFS works closely with your home school to help you fund your SFS program. Many applicants receive aid through their home institutions or other outside sources, so check with your financial aid office to see what aid may apply to an SFS program.

$500 - $5,000

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Yes, I recommend this program

Exciting, Educational, and Humbling

Saw some of the most amazing landscapes and animals I will probably ever see, and learned a great deal about them. Tsavo West/Chyulu Hills National Parks in Kenya and Kilimanjaro (we just did a day hike) in Tanzania were my favorites.

Although the classes were exceptional and I learned quite a lot within the advertised topics, I think the part that will stick with me the longest is experiencing, observing, and reflecting on humanity and society at many different points. Overall, I learned a lot, learned that there is so much more out there, but also that there is so much to live and see wherever you are.

  • Educational topics and material
  • Tours, park visits, and camping trips
  • Understanding a little bit about what "daily life" means in a different place.
  • Program cost
  • Limited access outside of campus
  • Limited ability to practice and learn a new language
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