Houghton in Tanzania, Iringa, Tanzania (Houghton College) (Open to all majors)(Spring Only)
Houghton-in-Tanzania is a program of Houghton College in East Africa that offers junior and senior students an opportunity to experience life as most Africans themselves experience it. Students are exposed to African history, anthropology, environment, languages, politics, and religion. Extended trips away from the campus site include visits to nearby game reserves and Wahehe and Maasai tribal villages. Elective course options vary from year to year but the following three core courses are required: East African Culture (3), East African History (3), Wildlife Behavior (3/4). (A minimum 2.75 GPA is required.) Due to the program’s popularity, please apply a year in advance. Houghton in Tanzania Homepage
African Ecology (South Africa): Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)
OTS students will travel through the stunning landscapes of South Africa, gaining exposure to its many diverse habitats. A large amount of time will be spent in Kruger National Park (South Africa's largest park), where students will participate in research, field walks, and game drives. Kruger is home to an incredibly diverse population of birds, animals, and insects, making it an ecologist's paradise. Students will be housed at the Skukuza camp (which has banks, shops, post office, swimming pool, etc.), and will also spend time in a tented research village in Kruger. The following classes are required: South African Ecosystems and Diversity (4), Field Research Skills (4), Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa (4), History Through Culture of South Africa (4). Duke OTS Homepage
Other places traveled include the Fynbos (the world's smallest and most diverse floral kingdom), the Namaqualand (semi-desert with interesting succulent flora), Robben Island, De Hoop (a coastal reserve), and some of South Africa's cosmopolitan cities.
Uganda Studies Program, Kampala, Uganda(Open to all majors)
The Uganda Studies Program provides students with immersion in a local community as well as broad exposure to a variety of people and places in Uganda and Rwanda, and it offers a wide range of options and flexibility to ensure that students get the most out of their experience. Applicants to USP may apply to live either on-campus or with a host family for the semester. USP also offers a Social Work Emphasis (SWE), which guides students as they spend 2-4 days per week at a practicum site, giving them a broad and deep exposure to Ugandan social services. All options encourage students to participate in Ugandan life, serve local non-profits, and explore the intricacy of cross-cultural relationships—relationships which give students a firsthand perspective as they explore issues such as poverty, aid and missions, and as they seek to reconcile the realities of East Africa with their Christian faith. In addition to the core experiential course, students will choose from an approved selection of courses from the Uganda Christian University curriculum to earn up to 16 hours of credit. Uganda Studies Homepage