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Uganda, Winter

Diversity, Ecology and Conservation

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Winter 2024 - Will be updated in Fall 2023!

I) Summary

Location: Kibale National Park, Uganda

Dates: January 2024 - TBD

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: Will be updated in Fall 2023

Program Fee: Will be updated in Fall 2023. Previous costs: $2,050 (estimate) includes housing (dormitory), 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. $1,700 (program fee balance; estimate) is due October 31, 2019. Payments must be made with certified check or money order. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS. Payments should be made at the Office of Education Abroad during office hours.

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, scholarships, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments.

Financial Aid: Please be sure to meet with the Financial Aid Office to discuss your particular financial aid package.

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

All applicants must fulfill the general eligibility requirements along with this program's prerequisites.

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 in this program will receive both credits and letter grades. Grades will count towards their Hunter GPA.

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

  • One recommendation from a faculty member who has worked with or taught the student within the last 2 years. Faculty should use the Faculty Recommendation (PDF) OR Faculty Recommendation (Word) to submit their recommendation.
  • Interview and approval from the faculty member(s) teaching the course.

III) Estimated Costs of Attendance (updates coming Fall 2023)

Tuition (Undergraduate -
3 credits, calculated at the in state rate)
Tuition (Graduate - 3 credits, calculated at the in state rate) $1,410
Program Fee
Not included in Program Fee (estimates):
Airfare $1,150
Vaccinations & Prescriptions $200
Visa $50
Misc. Expenses

TOTAL Undergraduate (estimate)

TOTAL Graduate (estimate)

V) Further Inquiries

Academic Inquiries
Faculty: Jessica M. Rothman
Dept. of Anthropology
Office: HN 724
Phone: (212) 772-4064

Administrative Inquiries
Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
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