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Fall 2017 Madagascar

About the Program

Stony Brook University, a leader in primatology, ecology and evolution and sustainability studies offers an undergraduate Study Abroad program in Madagascar. The program is led by Dr. Patricia Wright, renowned scholar and McArthur Fellow. Student participants may enroll in up to four courses and earn up to fifteen credits. Courses will be offered by resident and visiting scholars of Ornithology, Entomology, Ichthyology, Limnology, Botany, Anthropology, Zoology and Primatology.

Students study and conduct research alongside Malagasy and other international students at the research station with guidance from field course instructors. Independent research will contribute to the understanding of the bio-dynamics of the Ranomafana National Park and the linkage between the park and the indigenous population.

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Course of Study

Students will take all four of the following for a total of 15 credits:

  • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar 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 326 Lemurs of Madagascar This course explores the biology, ecology, social behavior, and conservation of Madagascar’s lemurs. We will discuss case studies based on current field and captive research, in this way highlighting important principles in behavior and ecology. Critical thinking on current topics in general primate behavior will be emphasized through various discussion formats. Throughout the course, we will pay attention to conservation threats that menace the well-being of lemurs today.
  • ANP 350 Methods in Studying Primates One major goal of this course is to introduce the issues in primate methods throughout the tropical regions of the world. We will begin with the history of primatology. Controversial subjects will be discussed such as the frozen zoos as a solution to extinction, reintroduction of primates back into the wild, methods to study infectious diseases, methods to evaluate sustainable development, methods of fund-raising including crowd sourcing for raising awareness of primates.
  • ANP 391 Topics in Physical Anthropology: An Introduction to Field Methods Students will learn the methods used by field biologists to study biodiversity within a tropical forest. Instruction will include exposure to techniques such as: behavioral sampling of non-human primates, mist netting understory birds, stream ecology assessment, botanical sampling methods, pitfall trapping of invertebrates, small mammal trapping, herpetological assessments, and field applications for geographical information technology.
  • ANP or ANT 487 Independent Study: Research in Biology, Natural History, or Anthropology (both Cultural and Physical) Students will design and execute an independent research project on the topic of their choice. This usually involves collecting and analyzing data, which is then presented to peers, professors, and visitors at Centre ValBio. Students in the past have conducted projects focusing on topics such as primates, reptiles, amphibians, conservation, culture, sustainability, and more.

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Course Information


Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

Language of Instruction


Language Proficiency


Program Type

Group experience led by SBU faculty

Program Dates

September 4 - November 21

Living Arrangements

Students will stay at the newly-built residence halls in RNP. Meals are provided in the central dining facility. Courses are conducted in buildings associated with the research station and in the forest proper.



2.0 GPA or higher

Other Requirements

All undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply

Application Deadline

May 15, 2017

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

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$ 3,335 per semester for NY residents


$12,090 per semester for non-residents

Program Fee

$6,500 per semester (includes housing, three meals per day, and group excursions)

Administrative Fee

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance $55 per month approximately.


Other Fees

It is suggested that students bring at least $300 personal spending money. A list of all necessary personal camping supplies and text books will be provided but not included in the program fee.

Travel Costs

Estimated Airfare: $2,100-$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.

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, Madagascar
  • “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, Madagascar
  • “Being immersed in the culture made things easier; I was living in the ‘coursework,’ the rainforest was my classroom!!” – Katie Seminarino, Fall 2015, Madagascar

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
Jeanne O'Neil
Program Assistant
Department of Anthropology
Stony Brook University
SBS Building, 5th Floor, Room N-553
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-3272
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