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Thailand: Elephant Studies

Winter 2016-2017

I) Summary

Location: Multiple locations, Thailand

Dates: January 9 - January 26, 2017

Credits Offered: Undergraduate students – PSYCH 19559 Animal Behavior Field Course - 3 credits
Graduate students - PSYCH 71751 Field Studies: Animal Behavior and Conservation - 3 credits
(CUNY tuition is not included in program fee)

Application Deadline: OCTOBER 17, 2016!  Program Full! 

Financial Aid: PELL, student loans

Program Fee: $ 1,800 (estimate) includes housing, some meals, local transportation, excursions and international health insurance.Airfare not included.

Payment Schedule: $ 350 due with application. $ 1,450 due November 28. All payments by certified checks or money orders (no cash, personal checks or credit cards).

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments (See Education Abroad Application Instructions and Policies).

II) Program Description


This exciting new program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in animal behavior and wildlife conservation to learn from academics, government officials, veterinarians and conservationists working throughout Thailand in a variety of disciplines. The course will expose students to methods in animal behavior and cognition research, issues in captive animal welfare and wildlife health, and international non-profit charity programming in endangered species trafficking, ecotourism management and public outreach.

Students will visit several captive animal, veterinary health and national park facilities in both northern and central Thailand, and learn from some of Thailand's most dedicated researchers and conservationists. In addition to observing wildlife in zoological institutions, breeding centers, elephant facilities and national parks, we'll also learn how to conduct experiments and collect behavioral data in the fields of animal behavior, cognition and ecology.

SYLLABUS - Thailand 2017


III) Prerequisites & Credits:

As this course focuses on animals and wildlife, students must be able and willing to spend many hours each day outside, often with limited access to internet and telephone. Accommodations will vary from air-conditioned motels and hotels with internet and electricity in major cities to basic accommodation with shared toilets in the national parks and within rural communities. Insects and tropical temperatures are common in the field and in and around accommodations. Students must be physically fit enough to handle several hours of walking on mostly flat terrain with some up and downhill trekking when we are following wildlife in national parks. As this course will involve extensive in-country travel by air-conditioned van, students who experience extreme motion sickness should consult with a doctor prior to travel. Students must also consult their doctor about any medications or vaccinations they should take prior to international travel.
Application Requirements. In addition to completing all required education abroad forms, students wishing to apply to this program must complete the following requirements:
a) One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who has worked with or taught the student within the last 2 years. This lettermust address the student's ability to work as a member of a team, to follow instructions and to complete assignments on time.

b) All students must be interviewed by the faculty member(s) teaching the course prior to enrollment.
Credits: Students on this program will recieve both credits and a letter grade. Grades will count toward their Hunter GPA.

IV) Estimated Costs of Attendance

Tuition $825 / 1,275 (undergrad/grad)
Program Fee $1,800
Not Included in Program Fee
$ 1,200
Some Food $ 250
Research Supplies $ 25
Vaccinations & Prescriptions                        
$ 300
TOTAL US $4,400 / 4,850 (undergrad/grad)

V) Inquiries

Academic Inquiries.
Faculty: Joshua M. Plotnik
Dept. of Psychology
Office: HN 628A
Phone: (212) 396-6442

Administrative Inquiries
Education Abroad Office
, Room E1447
Office Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri
Phone: (212) 772-4983
Fax: (212) 772-5005

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