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Summer 2017 in Madagascar

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, 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 our understanding of Ranomafana National Park and the link between the Park and the people of the region.

Check out pictures from previous years on our Facebook page.


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

Course of Study

Students on this program will take a total of 9 credits. First they will choose to either participate in the Health Internship or  Independent Research. Additionally students will take 6 credits of coursework.

Health Internship
*3 undergraduate credits required

ANT 488: Internship (3 credits)
Students will participate as a group to learn about health and disease in Madagascar. This 5-week long internship includes many extraordinary experiences:
-Join the Centre ValBio Health and Hygiene Team in rural Madagascar and earn 40 physician/patient contact hours as you assist the team in bringing healthcare to Malagasy villagers.
-Explore the complex ecosystem of Madagascar during a week long cross-country trip with research scientists who investigate the interface of wildlife and human disease.
-Develop teaching modules in physiology to help educate local Malagasy students.
-Learn about the culture of Madagascar by traveling to multiple cities, museums, and visit the Andafiavaratra Palace in Antananarivo. 


ANP 487 Independent Research (3 credits):
Students will participate as a group in an ongoing project at Centre ValBio. Projects available will vary by year, but may include topics such as health and disease, education, ecological monitoring, invasive species, and medicinal plants.

Participants must be physically fit.

Click here to view a blog entry from a participant on the last health program.

ANT 305 Culture and Language of Madagascar (3 credits):

Students will attend formal classes with native Malagasy speakers employed by the Centre ValBio to learn about Malagasy history, culture and language. Outings to meet with local community and school groups and the participation in a variety of cultural activities within the towns and villages that surround RNP with give students an opportunity to practice their skills and expand their understanding of what it means to be Malagasy.

ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar (3 credits):
A cross-country trip will provide students with the opportunity to examine and compare ecosystems as diverse as rainforest, dry deciduous forest, spiny desert, 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.

Service Learning:
There will be an educational experience requiring students to participate in an organized service activity in the local community and a formal reflection on this activity

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Course Information


Centre ValBio, Madagascar

Language of Instruction


Language Proficiency


Program Type

Group experience led by SBU faculty

Program Dates

May 29 - July 2

Living Arrangements

Students are housed at the Centre ValBio



2.0 GPA or higher

Other Requirements


Application Deadline

March 31st (*Application deadline has been extended to April 15)

Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$270 per credit for NY residents


$988 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.

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

More 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.

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Contact Information

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