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Summer 2015 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.


Course of Study

*9 undergraduate credits required
Students will take the courses listed below for a total of 9 credits.  All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will fulfill GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirement(s) fulfilled by their coursework.

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.

ANP 487 Independent Research in Physical Anthropology (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.

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 23 to July 2, 2015

Living Arrangements

Students are housed at the Centre ValBio



2.0 GPA or higher

Other Requirements


Application Deadline

April 15

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

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$257 per credit for NY residents


$816 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.  Students who do not abide by this policy may be dismissed from the program.

Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

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

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

Jen Green
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
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