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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Wildlife Conservation in Tanzania
NREM Tanzania Giraffe

Informational Meeting Poster : Poster.pdf

Program Description:

Introduce students to the natural history of Tanzania with an emphasis on diverse habitats ranging from dry savanna to tropical rain forest. This will include visits to several national parks and game reserves that encompass different ecosystems. The program will provide students with an opportunity to (1) contrast competing uses of natural resources, (2) learn how ecosystems are managed in an effort to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, and (3) experience the incredible biodiversity of Tanzania with a particular emphasis on birds and mammals.

Learning Outcomes:

(1) Have an appreciation for the biodiversity found in Tanzania with an emphasis on birds and mammals.
(2) Understand the biogeography of Tanzania's ecosystems. 
(3) Learn about varied management approaches to mitigating human-wildlife conflict.
(4) Understand local culture, human exploitation of Tanzania's natural resources, and the ecotourism industry.

Tanzania NREM 5

Program Travel Dates: May 8, 2018- May 23, 2018

Course Credits: NREM 496, 3 spring credits

Program Directors: Julie A. Blanchong ( and Stephen J. Dinsmore (

Participant Selection Criteria:
  • Selection will be based on completion of the ISU Abroad application form, a one-page essay, and possibly an interview with the course instructors.
  • Preference will be given to life sciences majors, although others who can articulate a compelling motivation to experience this unique ecosystem will be welcome. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in an introductory biology course (e.g., Biol 211) is recommended. Participants should be capable of physical activity in warm environments, including hiking on rough and muddy surfaces.
  • Preference given to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Ability to be without Internet or phone contact for multiple days
  • Capable of physical activity in warm environments, including hiking on rough and/or muddy surfaces
    Tanzania NREM 4

Program Cost Description: The program cost consists of three parts: 1) Program Fee; 2) Other ISU Fees; and 3) Out of Pocket Personal Cost.

Program Fee: $5600.00 ( Includes airfare, safari package, entrance fees,  ground transportation, service providers, CISI insurance, VISA)

Other Fees: $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center.

Out of Pocket Personal Cost:
  • Passport which Costs $135 if you don't already have one
  • Vaccination and preventive medicines: $800.00
  • Incidentals: $200 for personal expense , gifts , souvenirs 

If you are an undergraduate student in the College of Ag and Life Sciences and are a first time international traveler and do not have a passport, contact Jodi at or Visha Arumugam at to find out how you can have the cost of your passport reimbursed.

There are scholarships available to apply for through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall, scholarship application due November 1, 2017) Application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the program application.

Travel Itinerary

May 8- Depart from Des Moines
May 9- Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
May 10- Arusha, city tour and Massai market
May 11- Arusha National Park
May 12- Lake Manyara Game Reserve
May 13- Olduvai Gorge
May 14-17- Serengeti National Park
May 18- Ngorongoro Crater
May 19- Tarangire National Park
May 20- Moi City tour
May 21- Snake Park (reptile conservation center)
May 22- Depart Tanzania, Arrive Des Moines

NREM Tanzania Tree


This program is currently not accepting applications.