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Turkana Basin Institute

About the Program

This field school, offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, is designed for undergraduates who have an interest in prehistoric sciences seeking comprehensive field training. The Turkana Basin region, made famous over the past five decades through the work of Richard, Meave and Louise Leakey, has produced much of the world's most important fossil evidence for human evolution. The field school will have five modules and will provide 15 credits of 300-level coursework in Archaeology and Geology.

Course of Study

  • ANT 304 - Modern & Ancient Eastern African Environments: Study of the habitats of our early ancestors by examining analogous modern ecosystems
  •  ANT 307 - Archaeology of the Turkana Basin: An examination of evidence of the last 10,000 years of human life ways around Lake Turkana
  • GEO 303 - Geology of the Turkana Basin: A survey of the sedimentation, stratigraphy, volcanism, and tectonics of the area, which will include training in field methods
  • ANP 305 - Vertebrate Paleontology of the Turkana Basin: Use of various methods used to glean information from vertebrate fossils about the appearance, evolution, and causes of extinction of major organisms
  • ANP 306 - Paleoanthropological Discoveries of the Turkana Basin: A series of lectures by senior paleoanthropologists, laboratory exercises using casts of important finds, and field trips to discovery locations.

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Course Information

Location Turkwel, Kenya
Language of Instruction English
Language Proficiency N/A
Program Type Group experience led by SBU faculty
Program Dates Fall 2014: September 3-November 18
Living Arrangements Students will live in residence hall-style accommodations at TBI's research facilities at Turkwel, which overlook the Turkwel River and some spectacular 3.5 million year fossil deposits. The facilities are fully equipped with laboratories, classroom spaces, and dining area. There is limited cell phone and internet connectivity on campus.


GPA 2.0 GPA or higher
Other Requirements N/A
Application Deadline May 1 for Fall Admission; November 1 for Spring Admission
Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee $60
Tuition Rate $3,085 per semester for NY residents; $9,795 per semester for non-residents
Program Fee $6,500 per semester: includes lodging, 3 meals per day, group excursions, and local transportation
Administrative Fee $200 (non-refundable)
International Health Insurance $55 per month (approximately; must be purchased through Stony Brook University)
Other Fees

$500 (approximately): Vaccinations, as per travel doctor

Travel Costs

Estimated Airfare: $2000-$2,200.  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.

Cost Comparison: The average cost for a full time Stony Brook Student including tuition, insurance, housing, and meal plan is approximately $10,445 in-state and $15,735 out-of-state.

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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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