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TBI - Origins Field School Summer

  • About the Program

    About the Program

    Do you want to learn about the methods used to understand ancient humans and the environments in which they lived, discover fossils and artifacts, and visit field sites where some of the most important prehistoric discoveries were made? 

    TBI’s Origins Summer Field School addresses the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how we came to occupy that position. This program focuses on hands-on experience in field survey and excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and more, and includes field trips to important paleontological and archaeological sites, diverse ecological settings, and remarkable geological features throughout the Turkana Basin. Participants will work directly with leading scientists and do fieldwork at active hominin fossil localities and archaeological excavations, such as at Lomekwi 3- the oldest stone tool site in the world! 

    Location The Turkana Basin Institute, Kenya
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates May 26 - July 6, 2019
    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.

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  • Program Details

    Course of Study

    The program is comprised of three, 3-credit courses at the upper division or graduate level: 

    • Environments, Ecosystems and Evolution (ANP 310/ANT 510)
    • Paleoanthropological Field Methods (ANP 308/ANT 508)
    • Archaeological Field Methods (ANT 321/527)

    Students may also enroll in  Independent Study (ANP/ANT 487 or ANT 610) for additional credits to perform research projects.

    All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) can request GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirement(s) fulfilled by their coursework.

    This program is offered each summer and courses are taught in English by top scientists in their fields. Students will earn at least 9 upper-division or graduate credits while studying in one of the most beautiful and interesting parts of the world. The Origins Summer Field School can be taken in conjunction with TBI’s Semester Abroad Program, either before or after, as the material covered is complementary rather than duplicative.

    Program Details

    Language of Instruction English
    Language Proficiency N/A
    Program Term Summer
    Living Arrangements

    The Origins Summer Field School program is based at TBI’s Turkwel campus, which overlooks the Turkwel River and some spectacular fossil deposits. Students live in comfortable, safe, dormitory-style quarters. Clean water, showers, flushing toilets and electricity are provided, as are mosquito nets, towels and bedding. Internet and cell phone service is available. Meals served are fresh and varied, and very healthy. Vegetarian options are made available.

    The Turkwel campus is located southwest of the lake, which is a relatively short drive away from important fossil and archaeological sites such as Lothagam, South Turkwel, and Nariokotome, where the famous Turkana Boy skeleton was discovered. This is the land of the Turkana people, after whom the lake was named. They are seen regularly herding their camels nearby, and are indispensable around camp as skilled specialists and support staff .

    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.

    Additional 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.

    Student Feedback

    • “Take advantage of every opportunity you can through this program, the professors are amazing, the landscape and surrounding deposits are some of the best in the world” -   Participant, Spring 2011 Semester
    • “Enjoy the delicious food, the lectures, movie nights, fossil hunting sessions and camping nights. The field school ends so soon.” -   Participant, Fall 2016 Semester

    • “Even if it's going to be really hot and intense, it will be one of the best and enlightening experiences in your life.” -  Participant, Spring 2017 Semester

  • Requirements


    GPA 2.0
    Other Requirements N/A
    Application Deadline April 15 (EXTENDED to MAY 1)
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad
  • Program Cost

    Program Cost

    Application Fee


    Tuition Rate

    $286 per credit for NY residents

    $1,023 per credit for non-residents

    Program Fee

    4,500 (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 Vaccinations as per travel doctor, visa fee of $50.
    Travel Costs Estimated Airfare: $1,500. All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site. Students who are unable to abide by this must get the program's permission prior to booking flight. Students should wait for flight details prior to making travel arrangements.   
    Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.
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