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Foreign Study Program

Off-Campus Program in Africa: Apply on-line
Application Deadline: November 1 (if you are off winter term)
Application Deadline: February 1 (if you are on winter term)

The foreign study program in southern Africa highlights the global perspective of the Environmental Studies Program. This regional program gives students firsthand experience with issues of conservation, population, land and water use, and resource management in southern Africa with the central theme being the intersection of conservation and human development. Approximately four weeks are spent in South Africa. From our initial base in Pretoria we travel to the area of Kruger National Park and the coastal region of South Africa just south of the Mozambique border. We then spend approximately a week in the mountains of Lesotho. The final four weeks of the program are spent in Namibia. The program involves considerable travel and much of the time we are camping. The climate of the region is dry, the environment is fragile, and too many people need scarce resources (e.g., land, water, jobs, and education). These conditions magnify environmental issues and offer important academic opportunities. A wide range of environmental issues are covered in ENVS 40, 42 and 84. The majority of lectures are by Africans with first-hand experience with the issues.

ENVS 40: Natural Resources and Environmental Issues in Southern Africa
ENVS 42: Social and Political Aspects of Development Conservation in Southern Africa
ENVS 84: Seminar on Environmental Issues of Southern Africa           

Lecture at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Dr. Laurie Marker and Dartmouth FSP students discuss saving the wild cheetah.

Living Accommodations
During much of the program students and faculty will be traveling and camping in safari tents. Students will also experience short rural homestays.

Homestay in Pretoria, South Africa.

Lindsay Brewer '13 plays with children during the homestay.

Tires and rocks are used to fill the donga and repair the road.

Randy Sherman '08 helps to fill the donga.

Doug Bolger, FSP Director
Bill Roebuck
Ross Virginia

ENVS 2 or the equivalent (14F, 15W)
ENVS 39 (14X) or ENVS 65, with permission (14W)

And at least one of the following courses (availability subject to change):

AAAS 14/HIST 5.1: Pre-Colonial African History (14W)
AAAS 15/HIST 66: History of Africa since 1800 (14S)
AAAS 19/HIST 5.8: Africa and the World (14F)
AAAS 40/WGST 34.2: Gender Identities and Politics in Africa (14S)
AAAS 46/HIST 67: History of Modern South Africa (14S, 14X)
AAAS 50/ENVS 45/HIST 75: Colonialism, Development, and the Environment in Africa and Asia (15W)
AAAS 51/COLT 51: African Literatures: Masterpieces of Literatures from Africa (
AAAS 85.1: South African Literature in English (15S)
GEOG 6/INTS 16: Introduction to International Development (14W, 14F)
GOVT 42: Politics of Africa (14S)
HIST 6: Women & Gender in the African Diaspora (14S)
: Topics in African Theater and Performance (14W)

On top of a sand dune in the Namibian Sand Sea.


Last Updated: 10/21/14