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Summer 2014 In Tanzania – An Academic Safari

About the Program

Karibu Tanzania (Welcome to Tanzania)!  Stony Brook University offers students the opportunity to experience the cultural and natural landscapes 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, and Kiswahili (the national language of Tanzania), and then three weeks “in country” at four different locations.  This latter portion of the schedule will include a four day safari to game parks including: Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. There will be a focus on health facilities and delivery systems in this developing country.

Course of Study

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Course Information

Location Various Locations in Tanzania
Language of Instruction English
Language Proficiency N/A
Program Type Group experience led by SBU faculty
Program Dates May 26, 2015 - June 20, 2015
Living Arrangements Shared hotel-style accommodation


GPA 2.0 GPA and above
Other Requirements All undergraduates, including HSC students, in good academic standing. Non-SBU students are encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline January 1, 2015
Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee $60
Tuition Rate $245 per credit for NY residents; $742 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

$1,750 Estimated personal expenses, medications, immunizations, books, etc.

Travel Costs

$2,500 (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.

Schedule and Locations

Week 1: Orientation on the SBU campus. 
Week 2:
Dar-es-Salaam and Arusha. Visits to hospitals, other health care facilities, a museum, local markets and schools.
Week 3:
 Visits to the rural communities of Maji ya Chai, Dareda and Mto wa Mbu for different perspective of Tanzanian culture and Health care system. Continued classroom instruction and academic field trip to Kilimanjaro and surrounding national park.
Week 4:
Tented Safari to the National Parks including: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area. Group departure from Arusha (JRO) to Istanbul (IST) for connecting flight to JFK.

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

Dr. William Arens
Program Director
Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Professor of Anthropology
Stony Brook University
E5311 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Dr. Lee Xippolitos
Program Director
Dean, School of Nursing
Stony Brook University
Health Sciences Center
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794
Tel: (631) 444-1041
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