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Summer in Tanzania

  • About the Program

    About the Program

    Karibu Tanzania! (Welcome to Tanzania!) Stony Brook University offers students the opportunity to experience the cultural  environment of northern Tanzania on an academic  and service learning safari. The itinerary includes one week at Stony Brook University campus with an intensive classroom introduction to the history, culture,  environment  and Kiswahili (the national language of Tanzania), and then three weeks “in country” at four different locations. This latter portion of the schedule  will  includes  a four day safari to game parks including: Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti.  Also there is portion of the program that focuses  on health facilities and delivery systems in this developing country , in addition to culture and environment .

    Location Tanzania, Tanzania
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program, Internship/Experiential Learning
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates May 29 - June 21

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  • Program Details

    Course of Study

    All participants will register for credits chosen from the courses listed below.  Participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will fulfill GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirement(s) fulfilled by their coursework.

    This is a 6-credit program with the option of a 1 credit internship extension, and/or 1-2 credits of independent research. Students will be advised by the Program Coordinator on the appropriate registration to work towards satisfying their SBU degree requirement. Non-SBU students will be given course syllabi for approval on their home campus. 

    Graduate credit for internship and/or independent research is available for this program upon request.

    ANT 311 Immersion in Another Culture: Lectures, texts, and films consider ecology, history, social change, language, cultural systems, and social arrangements toward providing students with a comprehensive understanding of another cultural system. (3 credits, SBS+).

    ANT 487 Research (BIO 484, ENS 487, EHM 487, SUS 487 upon request): Independent research projects carried out by upper-division students. May be repeated up to a limit of six credits (3 credits, EXP+).

    HNC/HNI 389 Cultural Immersion (For pre-nursing students only): This seminar course will provide the student with an interprofessional perspective of global health. A specific world area will be studied in detail with emphasis on contemporary problems that affect health considering the ecology, history, language, cultural systems, and social arrangements. Cross-cultural learning opportunities, both domestic and abroad, will engage students in reflection on the interconnections, interdependence and inequalities they encounter during this experience. School of Nursing permission is required (3 credits).

    HNC/HNI 489 Global Immersion (For Nursing students only): The focus of this course is to expand, deepen, or enrich nursing practice relevant to global aggregates, families and communities.  Learning opportunities will promote integration of competencies, leadership and practice inquiry within the context of a global experience. Cross-cultural learning experiences will provide opportunities for student reflection on the interconnections, interdependence and inequalities they encounter during these experiences. Emphasis will be placed on interprofessional collaboration within an internal environment. School of Nursing permission is required. Variable credit course (0-6 credits).

    SUS 405 Environmental Sustainability in Tanzania: In this course we focus on environmental issues in Tanzania as a sample of the developing world, with emphasis on - present condition and future prospects. We examine how climate technology development, and agriculture affect the environment. Also, environmental world and national policies (including Sustainable Development Goals) impacts on poverty reduction, natural resources, health and  economic growth are discussed (3 credits, ESI)

    SBC 325 Environmental Writing and Media: In this three-credit course, students will write and make multimedia projects related to an aspect of sustainability in Tanzania. The course will be led by environmental writer and professor, Heidi Hutner, and co-taught by a professional filmmaker. An examination of multiple genres (including: photo journalism, literary nonfiction, fine art and advertising and documentary film) in order to understand ways in which these genres are utilized to inform and manipulate public opinion regarding the environment. The culmination of the course will be a final project using multiple genres. (3 credits, HFA+, WRTD)

    Graduate students may sign up for EHM 560:

    EHM 360 Sustainability and Travel Abroad  (3 credits)  Same description as SBC 325 and cannot be taken together with SBC 325)



    Students earn 1 credit at the undergraduate or graduate level.   OPTIONAL. This program provides students the option of a 10-day extension for 1 internship credit. This portion of the program is made up of two parts, Community Outreach and Education as well as shadowing at a Hospital through peer mentorship with the Hospital's Nursing School students.

    The community outreach and education programming changes each year based on both student interests as well as the need in the community where they will be staying for a portion of the program. In years past, our community projects have focused on hand-washing education for children, dental care, feminine health, mental health awareness and good self-image, fitness and overall wellness. Students will develop workshops and interactive programming for the people of the immediate community.

    The shadowing portion of the internship program takes place at a hospital. Working in conjunction with the Hospital's Nursing School, students team up with their peers in learning about healthcare, governments role in subsidizing health costs and complete rotations through the various units of the hospital. The exposure to various units helps students to understand the operations of a hospital as well as learn about pre-natal, child, adult and terminal care.


    Program Details

    Language of Instruction English
    Language Proficiency N/A
    Program Term Summer
    Living Arrangements Shared hotel-style accommodation

    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.

    Schedule and Locations

    Week 1: Orientation on the SBU campus. 

    Week 2: Maji ya Chai and Arusha. Kilimanjaro hike, visits to hospitals, other health care facilities, a museum, local markets and schools.

    Week 3: Visits to the rural communities of Dareda and Mto wa Mbu for different perspective of Tanzanian culture and Health care system. Continued classroom instruction and academic field trip to surrounding national park.

    Week 4: Tented Safari to the National Parks including: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area. 

    Week 5: Internship placements (optional)

  • Requirements


    GPA 2.0
    Other Requirements All undergraduates, including HSC students, in good academic standing. Non-SBU students are encouraged to apply.
    Application Deadline January 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 $3,475 Program Fee: includes housing, three meals per day, all group excursions, and international health insurance
    Administrative Fee

    $200 (non-refundable)

    International Health Insurance Included in the Program Fee
    Other Fees $600 Estimated personal expenses, medications, immunizations, books, etc.
    Travel Costs $2,000 (approximately; All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site.  Students who do not abide by this policy may be dismissed from the program. Students are responsible for their travel arrangements including airfare, visa costs)
    Costs are estimates and are subject to change at any point.
  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    Mariam Isack
    Program Manager, Tanzania Study Abroad
    International Academic Programs
    Stony Brook University
    E1340 Melville Library
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
    Tel: (631) 632-7030
    Fax: (631) 632-1396
    Kamazima Lwiza
    Program Director, Tanzania Study Abroad
    The School Of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
    Stony Brook University
    Endeavour Hall Room 169
    Stony Brook 11794-3397
    Tel: (631) 632-7030
    Fax: (631) 632-8820
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