SFS Study Abroad: Wildlife & Conservation in Kenya

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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. Students learn through outdoor lectures, hands-on field exercises, and activities with community members and area NGOs.

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.

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Program Highlights
  • Earn academic credit: 18 credits for semester programs, 3 credits for winter 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.
  • Observe wildlife behavior firsthand during safari drives in Amboseli National Park, Chyulu Hills, and Tsavo West. How many species do you think you can you spot?
  • Learn how to speak some Swahili, a language used across much of eastern Africa. Take part in a homestay or day visit with a local Maasai family and learn about their culture, history, daily life, and relationship with nature.
  • Spend two weeks in Tanzania with visits to Serengeti National Park, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. (Semester and Summer I only)

We’ve updated our refund & cancelation policy to allow for flexible booking due to COVID-19

We’ve updated our refund & cancelation policy to allow for flexible booking due to COVID-19

Scholarships

The School for Field Studies Scholarships
SFS Awards More Than $650,000 in Need-based Aid Each Year

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.

Value
$500 - $5,000

Popular Programs

elephants walking in the savanna

Spend a semester exploring the world-famous national parks, sanctuaries, and conservation areas of southern Kenya on safari drives, camping expeditions, field lectures, and community visits. From herds of elephants, zebras, and wildebeest to the lonely endangered black rhinoceros, you will study the impacts of climate change and resource availability that affect Kenya’s ecosystems and those, like the Maasai, living in them.
5 classes | 18 credits | One life-changing study abroad experience.

zebra up close

Spend your next winter break living in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Visit world-famous national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and community conservation areas. Learn about the complexities of wildlife conservation and how the Maasai community interacts with wildlife and nature. Go on multi-day camping excursions to Amboseli National Park, Chyulu Hills, and Tsavo West where you’ll hone your animal observation skills.
1 class | 3 credits | One life-changing study abroad experience.

lion in the savanna

The world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are full of wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Spend a month in this incredible region (two weeks in each country), learning about approaches to wildlife management through safari drives, conversations with the Maasai other area communities, and expert lectures.
1 class | 4 credits | One life-changing study abroad experience.

monkey in tree

Primates are some of the most intelligent species on the planet and a fascinating case study on animal behavior. Spend a month in Kenya studying these complex, social creatures. Hone your field observation skills as you study the ecology and behavior of a wide variety of primates such as Syke’s and vervet monkeys, bush babies, and baboons. Meet with the Maasai community to discuss human-wildlife conflict and conservation issues.
1 class | 4 credits | One life-changing study abroad experience.

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