• Tanzania
    • Arusha
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies Ecology Political Science Wildlife Sciences
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
SIT Study Abroad is committed to ensuring that international education is within reach for all students. Our Scholarship awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs, reflect our dedication. Applying for a scholarship is easy: simply express your interest in a scholarship when completing your admissions application and follow the provided instructions.

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What's Included
Some Activities Classes Travel Insurance
Apr 23, 2024
Oct 06, 2019
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About Program

Tanzania is a beautiful and diverse country, home to the Serengeti Plains, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Zanzibar archipelago. You’ll spend time camping in these wilderness areas to see the variety of Tanzania’s landscapes and wildlife, including lions, zebras, elephants, and a range of bird species including ostriches and Kori bustards. As you learn ecological field techniques and national park management, you’ll see how human development and population growth affect natural habitats and vice versa. You’ll learn to reframe notions of sustainability in relation to local population needs, perspectives, and values.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Program Highlights

  • Spend time at Randilen Wildlife Management Area, Tarangire, Mkomazi, and Serengeti Parks, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Mazumbai Forest Reserve.
  • Speak with local communities to understand issues of human-wildlife conflict, deforestation, agriculture, gender, culture, and population growth.
  • Integrate both social science and ecological field techniques through anthropological and field ecology projects.
  • Explore conservation through multiple lenses.
  • Network for your academic and professional careers.


SIT Robert Kantor Memorial Scholarship

Each year one student will be granted $10,000 in scholarship aid to study abroad with a SIT program. Funded by individual donors and foundations, the requirements are tight: seeking first-generation college students who've never traveled abroad before, currently attend an HBCU, and demonstrate strong financial need.

Program Reviews

4.75 Rating
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  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 4.25
  • Housing 4
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program

SIT Tanzania: A True Adventure

This program may not be appropriate for the faint of heart or health. However, if you're looking for a real-life adventure, I think few programs would measure up as well. The country's beauty, the richness of the culture and the thrill of studying African wildlife out in the field make the entire trip worth it already, while the challenging and difficult times did more to strengthen me as an individual than any other experience in my life ever did. The ISP is academically challenging, but the program leaves you a lot of time to focus on exploring and learning things hands-on rather than spending all your time studying. I especially recommend it for those wanting to do conservation and field biology: the techniques and research abilities you will develop will be incredibly useful in a later career. I decided that I wanted to work in wildlife conservation after doing this program; I have SIT and the people I met in Tanzania to thank for that.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep calm and carry on! There are going to be times when you feel stressed or uncomfortable; if you stay relaxed and keep an open mind the entire time you're there, you'll come away with a much more positive and constructive experience.
78 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

I went abroad looking for experiential education and not classroom based education and that is exactly what I got on this program. Classes were sometimes held in classrooms, but were also held on nature walks or in a national park or sitting in the grass. The idea of everything being your classroom was really fun and let you learn all the time. This is a program that will push your comfort zone in terms of how you live. For example, my clothes were washed by a machine once during the whole semester and probably about half the semester was bucket showers, as opposed to a wall mounted shower, but these were never a problem. I think that in order to get the most out of this program, you have to be open to experiencing life in a way that you've never experienced it before.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would bring less stuff, particularly less clothes. You can buy clothes that fit with the cultural expectation of dressing fairly cheap, so don't bring more than you need to. Just bring a good amount of underwear.
79 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

This semester in Tanzania was life-changing for me.

I did this semester in Tanzania way back in 1995. In addition to opening my eyes to real-world integrated conservation and development, it helped me grow as an independent learner.

From the start, the program helped us build basic field skills- from getting around in Arusha and elsewhere to doing wildlife tracking and walking transects. The program had a good curriculum to complement the field components as well.

Just under a decade later, after graduate study at Brandeis and some environmental work, I returned to Tanzania to do my PhD field work in Dar es Salaam. I even remembered how to speak Swahili (with a little practice with strangers on buses ("dala dalas").

The practical skills and emotional resilience that the SIT semester taught me helped me get through all the roadblocks and setbacks I ran into. I knew the country, the language, and the culture by then. Adapting to difficult situations and working with people to overcome challenges was critical for the completion of my PhD fieldwork. My SIT semester was priceless.

I'm now an independent water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) professional who provides research and proposal writing support to NGOs and donors (USAID, World Bank, UNICEF). I write about all things water, sanitation, and international development at my blog. Feel free to say hello.


What would you improve about this program?
76 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

The Experiment for International Living came to my school in Connecticut and I was very interested in becoming part of their summer program. I chose Tanzania because I never would have thought to go there on my own. On the trip I not only learned more about Tanzanian wildlife, ecology and culture but was able to experience it all first hand. From living with a host family for a week to driving through the glorious Ngorongoro Crater, the adventure never stopped. Another aspect of the trip I thoroughly enjoyed, was the last week and a half of traveling through different tribal villages and national parks and being able to camp and learn with the traditional tribes of Tanzania. Everyone on the trip was very friendly and welcoming to us and this was a trip I will never forget.

What would you improve about this program?
The organization in certain places we stayed, staying in one place for one or two days longer instead of hopping from place to place.
87 people found this review helpful.

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