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Summer in Madagascar

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    About the Program

    The Madagascar Study Abroad Program has been running since 1998 as an undergraduate course through Stony Brook University. Stony Brook University is a leader in the fields of anthropology, as well as ecology and evolution. Nine credits can be earned through participation in this program. Courses will conducted by resident and visiting professors of Ornithology, Entomology, Ichthyology, Limnology, Botany, Anthropology, Zoology, Biology, and Primatology. Students work alongside Malagasy and foreign students and scientists, and research station staff, with guidance from field course professors. Your independent research will contribute to the understanding of Ranomafana National Park and the link between the Park and the people of the region.

    Program Highlights:
    • Anthropology, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Sciences Primatology, and Wildlife Studies
    • Join the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments (ICTE) for a semester abroad in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
    • Credits awarded through Stony Brook University


    Location Ranomafana , Madagascar
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program, Internship/Experiential Learning
    Program Term Fall, Spring, Summer
    Program Dates May 24 - June 30, 2020
    Language of Instruction English
    Budget View Budget
    Living Arrangements Students stay at the Centre ValBio in comfortable and safe dormitory-style accommodations. Clean water, modern bathrooms, and internet are available. 
    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.
    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.


    GPA 2.0
    Other Requirements N/A
    Application Deadline March 15 Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

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

  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    Participants take a total of 9 undergraduate credits. First, students choose to participate in either an internship or independent research. 

    ANP/ANT 387: Independent Research (3 credits)

    Details regarding the specific type of research project are determined in consultation with ICTE on campus or on arrival with the Resident Coordinator or faculty. Students work with staff and faculty to select and execute a project consistent with their interests and background.

    Additionally, students take 6 credits of coursework.

    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 topics will be discussed, such as the frozen zoos as a solution for extinction, reintroduction of primates back into the wild, methods to study infectious diseases, methods to evaluate sustainable development, and methods of fundraising, including crowd-sourcing for raising awareness of primates.

    ANP 307: Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar. A cross-country trip will provide students with the opportunity to examine and compare ecosystems as diverse as rainforests, dry deciduous forests, spiny deserts, 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. 

    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.

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