Multiple Locations +2
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
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 Global Studies Indigenous Cultures Life Sciences Natural Sciences Public Policy Social Sciences Statistics Sustainable Development Tourism Wildlife Sciences +10

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
May 25, 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. 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.

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.
  • 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. Learn about the Maasai 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 only)

Popular Programs

elephants walking in the savanna

Spend a semester in the world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya while studying the country's diverse wildlife and engagin in hands-on conservation research. 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.

lion in the savanna

The world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya are your classrooms. Embark on field excursions to study wildlife found nowhere else on the planet - in person. Discuss 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

The African elephant is a keystone species with a profound influence on the landscape. As the largest (and one of the most charismatic) animal walking our planet, its conservation continues to attract concern throughout Africa and beyond. Join SFS faculty, leading elephant scientists, and the local communities to learn about the elephant conservation strongholds in and around Amboseli National Park.
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

Program Reviews

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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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