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Summer 2018 In Tanzania – An Academic Safari

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.

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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. Students will be advised by the Program Coordintor 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.

ENV410 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).

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).

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. May be repeated as the topic changes (3 credit, SBS+).

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


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.


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Course Information


Various Locations in Tanzania

Language of Instruction


Language Proficiency


Program Type

Group experience led by SBU faculty

Program Dates

May 29, 2018 - June 21, 2018
May 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018 (additional 10 days for internship)

Living Arrangements

Shared hotel-style accommodation



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, 2018

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

Program Cost

Application Fee $60
Tuition Rate $278 per credit for NY residents ; $1008 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.

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. 
Week 5: Internship placements (optional)

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.

Links and Resources

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Contact Information

Mariam Isack

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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