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Language of Instruction: English, Swahili Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel, Local host family, Other Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, Anthropology, Arts and Sciences, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Natural Resources, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Plant Pathology
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Research
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Rebecca McMunn Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Explore ecology, natural resource management and sustainability in Tanzania-Zanzibar, on the islands of Unguja, Mafia, and Pemba in the Western Indian Ocean, and mainland Tanzania.

WHY STUDY ECOLOGY IN TANZANIA?

Zanzibar’s extensive shoreline, unique flora and fauna, and tropical climate are ideal for exploring conservation and management of coral reefs, inter-tidal zones, and tropical forests. From your coastal base in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, gain a deeper understanding of biodiversity, conservation areas, and ecotourism projects. Study rare or endemic species such as the whale shark, Pemba flying fox, and Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Meet officials at Zanzibar’s Department of Forestry and the Institute of Marine Sciences to hear their perspectives on natural resource management. Learn and practice speaking Kiswahili during your homestays in Stone Town, Zanzibar, and on Pemba Island. Understand the techniques, methods, and ethics necessary for successful field research, and partner with experts on an independent study project of your choice. Examine issues in marine and coastal environments through short excursions, including a week-long trip to the Seychelles. Observe wildlife while snorkeling off of Bawe Chumbe, Kwale, and Misali islands. You’ll also visit Pange Reef and Sandbar.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Delve deeply into ecosystems of the Indian Ocean and the islands of Tanzania-Zanzibar.
  • Learn marine and terrestrial field methodologies in Unguja, Mafia, and Pemba.
  • Study the sustainability of coral reefs, coastal forests, and vulnerable fauna.
  • Observe the rare and endangered wildlife, such as the Hawksbill sea turtles.
 

PREREQUISITES

Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT. Swimming and snorkeling proficiency is strongly recommended.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • How fragile ecosystems are challenged by tourism and industry
  • Sustainable management of coastal forests, coral reefs, and fauna
  • Dynamics of local ecosystems in relation to resident communities
  • Terrestrial, intertidal, and marine ecosystems
  • Research on a topic of choice as part of Independent Study Project

 

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD

 
 



Program

In cooperation with the School for International Training (SIT), Ohio State offers the option of enrolling at multiple programs based in Tanzania. 
Students may participate in the following:

Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
This program examines coastal ecology and natural resource management in one of the most remarkable areas of the world: the Zanzibar islands of the western Indian Ocean. Pre- requisite:Coursework in environmental studies, ecology, or biology; swimming or snorkeling ability recommended 

Locations

Stone Town- Tanzania, Zanzibar

Accommodations

Students will be housed in local homestays

Ohio State Program Contact

Rebecca McMunn
Schedule an appointment here
mcmunn.8@osu.edu

Courses and Credits 

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

Click here for course information.  

Eligibility

Applicants are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, meet the program-specific pre- requisites and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. SIT application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  

Passports

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.


Program Costs

Students will pay the School for International Training program fee and the GeoBlue International Supplemental health insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The SIT program fee includes tuition, housing, on-site orientation.. Airfare, some meals, books and supplies, international supplemental health insurance, personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
 

Scholarships

Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
 

Information Sessions 


Notices

U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
 
 
 
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020
**
Rolling Admission 02/13/2021 05/25/2021
Fall 2021 04/01/2021
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/11/2021 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed