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Uganda - African Primates: Diversity, Ecology and Conservation


     First Apply Online          Then, Complete the Paper Application

*** DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15 2014 ***




Kibale National Park, Uganda


January 4 2015 - January 20 2015

Credits Offered

3 CREDITS (CUNY tuition is not included in program fee)

undergraduate students - ANTHP310.1 - 3 credits

graduate students - TBA - 3 credits

Application Deadline

October 15

Financial Aid


PELL, student loans


Program Fee

$ 1,685 (estimate) includes housing, food, local transportation, books and supplies, excursions and international health insurance. Airfare not included.

Payment Schedule

$350 due with application. $1,335 due November 21. All payments by certified checks or money orders (no cash, personal checks, or credit cards).


Program Description

This exciting new 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.






Students participating in this program must be able and willing to live in a remote location with intermittent access to electricity, no running water and limited access to internet and telephone. They must be able to cope with very modest living accommodations in a dormitory setting with outdoor toilets. Insects are common at the field site and often enter dormitory rooms. Students must be physically fit enough to walk on fairly flat terrain for several hours. They must be willing and able to take anti-malarial medication, and be vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid.


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.



Academic Inquiries Administrative Inquiries 

Prof. Jessica M. Rothman

Dept. of Anthropology
Office: HN 724
Phone: 212-772-4064

Education Abroad Office, Room E1447

Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30pm
Phone: (212) 772-4983 
Fax: (212) 772-5005


Estimated Costs of Attendance

Tuition - $ 780 (undergraduate) ; $ 1,685 (graduate)

Program Fee - $ 1,685

Not included in Program Fee:

Airfare - $ 1,800

Visa - $ 50

Vaccinations & Prescriptions - $ 300


TOTAL US $ 5,420 (undergraduate)

TOTAL US $ 5,440 (graduate)




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