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Study Abroad

Summer in Madagascar

  • About the Program

    About the Program

    The Madagascar Study Abroad Program has been running since 1998 as an undergraduate course through Stony Brook University. Stony Brook University is a leader in the fields of anthropology, as well as ecology and evolution. Nine credits can be earned through participation in this program. Courses will conducted by resident and visiting professors of Ornithology, Entomology, Ichthyology, Limnology, Botany, Anthropology, Zoology, Biology, and Primatology. Students work alongside Malagasy and foreign students and scientists, and research station staff, with guidance from field course professors. Your independent research will contribute to the understanding of Ranomafana National Park and the link between the Park and the people of the region.

    Program Highlights:
    • Anthropology, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Sciences Primatology, and Wildlife Studies
    • Join the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments (ICTE) for a semester abroad in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
    • Credits awarded through Stony Brook University


    Location Ranomafana , Madagascar
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates May 22 to June 30, 2018

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  • Program Details

    Course of Study

    Participants take a total of 9 undergraduate credits. First, students choose to participate in either an internship or independent research. 

    ANT 488: Internship (3 credits)

    ANP 387: Independent Research (3 credits)

    Details regarding the specific type of internship or research project are determined in consultation with Jeanne O'Neil, ICTE Program Officer on campus or on arrival with the Resident Coordinator or faculty. Students work with staff and faculty to select and execute and internship or project consistent with their interests and background.

    Additionally, students take 6 credits of coursework.

    ANT 305: Culture and Language of Madagascar. The major goal of this course is to introduce the biodiversity and diversity of ecosystems on the island of Madagascar. In addition to exploring the different habitats within Ranomafana National Park, we will embark on a ten-day trip around Madagascar. 

    ANP 307: Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar. A cross-country trip will provide students with the opportunity to examine and compare ecosystems as diverse as rainforests, dry deciduous forests, spiny deserts, mangrove swamps, and coral reefs. At each stop, students will learn about the evolutionary adaptations that make the region unique and current conservation threats to local biodiversity. 

    Program Details

    Language of Instruction English
    Language Proficiency N/A
    Program Term Summer
    Living Arrangements Students stay at the Centre ValBio in comfortable and safe dormitory-style accommodations. Clean water, modern bathrooms, and internet are available. 

    Additional Information

    Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University.

    Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.

    Student Feedback:

    • "I went to the other side of the world-Madagascar. Seeing the awesome lemurs and the kind and gentle Malagasy people changed my life" -  Lynn Lewis-Bevins, Fall 2015
    • “This experience immersed me into an experience that I will never forget. I didn't learn in a traditional classroom, but instead I was thrown out into the field with experts.” –  Veronica Tuazon, Fall 2015
    • “Being immersed in the culture made things easier; I was living in the ‘coursework,’ the rainforest was my classroom!!” –  Katie Seminarino, Fall 2015

  • Requirements


    GPA 2.0
    Other Requirements N/A
    Application Deadline March 1
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Program Cost

    Program Cost

    Application Fee


    Tuition Rate

    $278 per credit for NY residents

    $1,008 per credit for non-residents

    Program Fee $3,850 (includes housing, three meals per day, group excursions, and international health insurance)
    Administrative Fee

    $200 (non-refundable)

    International Health Insurance Included in the Program Fee
    Other Fees $700 (approximately; estimated personal costs, passport, books, etc.)
    Travel Costs Estimated Airfare: $2,000-$2,600.  All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site
    Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.
  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    Jessica Zuniga
    International Programs Coordinator
    International Academic Programs
    Stony Brook University
    E1340 Melville Library
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
    Tel: (631) 632-7030
    Fax: (631) 632-1396
    Jeanne O'Neil
    Program Assistant
    Department of Anthropology
    Stony Brook University
    SBS Building, 5th Floor, Room N-553
    Stony Brook, NY 11794
    Tel: (631) 632-3272
    Fax: (631) 632-1831
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