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Dates / Deadlines:
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
SpringSemester(W/Sp) 2021 11/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Study Abroad Program Manager: shannonq
Program Information:

Location Moyo Hill Camp, Tanzania
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Spring Semester
Credits 16 semester credits per session
Prerequisites Sophomore standing or above by time of departure; min 2.75 GPA; One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science
Program Manager Shannon Quinn |
Application Deadline Autumn Semester: March 1
Spring Semester: May 1
Financial Aid All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
General Head into the field to examine how land-use practices within Maasai group ranches can be sustainably managed to promote both local economic livelihoods & wildlife conservation.
The School for Field Studies (SFS) Kenya and Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies Semester program allows students to examine how land-use practices within Maasai group ranches can be sustainably managed to promote both local economic livelihoods and wildlife conservation. Students will gain a general overview of cultural perceptions, conservation issues, wildlife dispersal areas, and biodiversity conservation in Kenya and Tanzania while meeting and interviewing wildlife managers and members of the Maasai community.

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Northern Tanzania and southern Kenya offer a tightly packed hub for wildlife tourism. The area is home to world-famous national parks, such as Amboseli, Tsavo, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This extremely scenic area, which is the center of tourism in East Africa, has been the home of the Maasai, Iraqw, and other groups for centuries. The two regions share some bio-physical characteristics and cultural elements, but subtle and distinct differences in conservation and development policy, soil and vegetation composition, water resource availability, and culture provide an opportunity for comparing and contrasting approaches to wildlife management and livelihood strategies of the local people.

Despite the seemingly negative trends of availability and quality of habitat and resources for wildlife and livestock on the Maasai steppe, there are many opportunities for effective conservation, natural resource management, and rural development. Wildlife uses the diverse habitats surrounding the SFS field stations as migration corridors and seasonal dispersal areas.

The Maasai, and now other settlers, depend on these same areas as communal grazing grounds for livestock and for growing food. As a result, they often face economic hardship due to crop damage from migrating wildlife, loss of livestock, and resource depletion and competition.

Agricultural expansion, pollution, and climate change threaten the already strained water supply and the health of people, livestock, and wildlife alike. Thus, the Center’s research is framed by the needs of both human communities and wildlife conservation goals in the region. Our curriculum and research focus on how changes in land use and resource availability in the Maasai steppe ecosystems can be managed to foster the well- being of local communities while safeguarding and promoting biodiversity conservation.


Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students interested in participating in this program must be of sophomore standing or above and must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA prior to departure. In addition, students must have completed at least one semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 24 UW credits per term. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.


In this two-country program, students will compare and contrast the socioeconomic, policy, and environmental drivers and implications of demographic change and land reform for wildlife conservation and rural development between Kenya and Tanzania.

Students begin the program at one field station, gaining knowledge of the wildlife in the region, the agro-pastoralist lifestyle, and approaches to conservation. Just shy of the halfway point in the semester, students travel overland to the other field station to apply the foundational knowledge of wildlife ecology and management to the specific issues in that region. The Directed Research projects are conducted in the final month of the program at the second field site. Students visit multiple protected areas and communities in both countries.


  • Visits to cultural manyatta, a rare opportunity to glimpse Maasai and Iraqw cultures, including rural settlements not usually visited by tourists: musical ceremonies, demonstrations in fire- making, dances by Maasai morans (warriors), and lessons in spear-throwing
  • Amboseli and Lake Nakuru National Parks: Multi-day excursions illustrating the management implications of high concentrations of animals in a confined area
  • Lake Manyara National Park: Visits to learn large mammal identification, baboon ecology, threats to wetlands from tourism, land-use changes, and local resource uses
  • Tarangire National Park: Excursions on animal counting, wildlife management, lion ecology and behavior, conservation models, and preservation of corridors
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Day trip to learn integrated management, inclusion of indigenous communities in conservation and management of natural resources, large mammal ecology, animal identification, and the role of volcanism in species diversity
  • Serengeti National Park: Multi-day field expedition to learn about wildlife management issues, large mammal ecology, large mammal diseases, and large mammal migrations
  • Develop field research skills including: habitat assessment and mapping, species identification, research design, data collection, valuation methods, social surveys, wildlife census techniques, GIS, transect and patch sampling, animal behavior observations, geology, and soil identification


  • Local community strategies for coping with variation in water availability
  • Assessment of attitudes and awareness on wildlife conservation among the Iraqw and the Maasai communities
  • Influence of ecological and social factors on the distribution of African elephants in Tanzania’s Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem
  • Animal density differences between areas of differing protection levels
  • Importance of habitat quality and heterogeneity on wildlife sanctuary viability
  • An evaluation of the effects of land-use changes on the water resources in the Noolturesh River system and its potential implications to public health
  • The role of government in human-wildlife conflict resolution in Kenya’s Amboseli ecosystem


  • Above all else, SFS seeks to give back to our host communities around the world. Understanding community views on wildlife, the challenges faced, and management policies employed by park managers is central among our research goals. Students have many opportunities for social interaction as well, including:Community service work in local schools, hospitals, orphanages, and with a local women’s group
  • Visit and stay with Iraqw and Maasai communities during homestay in Tanzania and Kenya
  • Visits to local markets and a neighboring boma (Maasai homestead) for traditional Maasai celebrations, a lecture on culture and artifacts, and jewelry making with Maasai mamas, while conducting interviews for research work

Please visit the program website to learn more about the courses.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies operates in two locations in southwestern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

In Kenya, SFS students live at our Kilimanjaro Bush Camp (KBC), near the town of Kimana, and situated in the remote foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem. The camp is nestled within a lush zone of yellow acacia trees, giving a perfect view of the magnificent mountains in the distance. Students sleep in thatched-roof bandas and enjoy the main building or chumba, which houses a dining room, kitchen, and classroom. Ample space at camp allows for outdoor games and exploration.

In Tanzania, students live at Moyo Hill Camp (MHC) located in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem between Lake Manyara National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This wonderfully scenic area is world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history, and wildlife. MHC comprises part of a small community where students can enjoy daily interaction with neighbors. Walking, jogging, soccer, and socializing outside of the camp round out daily life at MHC. 

Students will be housed at the campus with 3 other students. The campus has the following amenities:

  • Classroom, library, and computer lab
  • Kitchen and dining hall, on-site cooking staff
  • Volleyball, gazebo, fire pit, and lounge areas
  • Community soccer games and local running routes

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the SFS program website.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider. Visit the program website to complete it.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.