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Kibale National Park, Uganda

Diversity, Ecology and Conservation

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Winter 2017-2018

I) Summary

Location: Kibale National Park, Uganda

Dates: January 6 - January 21, 2018

Credits Offered:

Undergraduate students: ANTHP 317 - Tropical Forest Conservation (3 credits)
Graduate students: ANTH 791.56 - Rainforest Ecology (3 credits)
(CUNY tuition is not included in program fee)

Application Deadline: October 19, 2017 Deadline extended! We will accept new applications (pending space availability) until November 6, 2017.

Financial Aid: PELL, student loans

Scholarships: Chancellor's Global Scholarship

Program Fee: $1,725 (estimate) includes housing, food, local transportation, cultural events and international health and travel insurance. TUITION and AIRFARE are NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program; this may mean flying the day before.

Payment Schedule: $350 application fee and deposit is due with the application. $1,375 (program fee balance; estimate) is due November 28, 2017. Payments must be made with certified check or money order. 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 program offers an experiential course in the study of primate diversity, ecology, behavior and conservation in an African rainforest that hosts some of the highest densities of primates in the world. Students learn about the basic ecology of monkeys and apes including diet, habitat, community dynamics, grouping strategies, and predator-prey interactions. They also practice the methods needed for the study of wild primates. For example, field exercises include: methods in the observation of wild monkeys, monitoring the fruiting patterns of rainforest trees, and carrying out a census of monkeys. Students also study primate conservation through interacting closely with officials of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the government agency that is responsible for wildlife conservation). Conservation lectures and field exercises associated with the course include the causes and consequences of rainforest fragmentation, ecotourism (with a guided visit to track chimpanzees), crop raiding by primates and other wildlife, and community conservation strategies.

Winter 2016-2017 SYLLABUS

III) Prerequisites & Credits

Students participating in this program must be able to cope with modest living accommodations in a dormitory setting with outdoor toilets. Students must be physically fit enough to walk on fairly flat terrain for 3-4 hours a day. They must be vaccinated for yellow fever as per country requirements, and comply with any health requirements from their doctors since malaria is rare, but a risk.

Students on this program will receive both credits and letters. Grades will count toward their GPA.

Application Requirements: In addition to completing the study abroad application forms, those wishing to apply must complete the following requirements:

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who has worked with or taught the student within the last 2 years.
  • This letter must attest to the ability of the applicant to work well as a team member and to follow instructions. Interview and approval from the faculty member(s) teaching the course.

  • III) Estimated Costs of Attendance

    Tuition (Undergraduate -
    3 credits, calculated at the in state rate)
    $855
    Tuition (Graduate - 3 credits, calculated at the in state rate) $1,320
    Program Fee
    $1,725
    Not included in Program Fee
    Airfare $1,500
    Vaccinations & Prescriptions $300
    Visa $50

    TOTAL Undergraduate (estimate)

    $4,430
    TOTAL Graduate (estimate)
    $4,895

    V) Further Inquiries

    Academic Inquiries
    Faculty: Jessica M. Rothman
    Dept. of Anthropology
    Office: HN 724
    Phone: (212) 772-4064
    Email: jessica.rothman@hunter.cuny.edu

    Administrative Inquiries
    Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
    Office Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri
    Phone: (212) 772-4983
    Fax: (212) 772-5005
    Email: edabroad@hunter.cuny.edu

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