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Please help spread the word to perspective students.

 

 

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO AFRICA?

 

 

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN AFRICAN WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION?

 

 

 

DON¹T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS AMAZING AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!!

 

 

 

We¹re now accepting applications for our 2015 study abroad program ­

 

 

CONSERVATION & BIODIVERSITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN PARKS & NATURE RESERVES

 

 

 

May 20 ­ June 17, 2015!! (28 days in country!!)

 

 

 

This will be the 9th year of this South African program.

 

 

 

If you'd like more information, please email me and I'll send you PDFs of

the program brochure and informational powerpoint, as well as answer any

questions you might have. Also be sure to see the information below and

program website (https://osa.isp.msu.edu/Programs/program/index/106334

https://osa.isp.msu.edu/Programs/program/index/105673> ).

 

 

 

This program is open to all students, not just those from Michigan State

University. We can take no more than 12 students. The application deadline

for the 2015 summer study abroad programs is March 1, but applicants are

admitted on a rolling admission basis and we hope to be full by January.

So, don¹t wait to apply.

 

 

 

Don't miss an opportunity to participate in this AMAZING Study Abroad

program to South Africa.

 

 

 

JOIN US IN SOUTH AFRICA!!!

 

 

 

Jim Schneider

 

schne181@msu.edu

 

517-353-2979

 

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Conservation and Biodiversity in South African Parks and Nature Reserves

 

https://osa.isp.msu.edu/Programs/program/index/106334

https://osa.isp.msu.edu/Programs/program/index/105673>

 

 

Summer 2015: May 20 -June 17, 2015

 

 

 

Program Description

 

 

 

Southern Africa is home to some amazing biodiversity, including: 24,000

flowering plants, 1,500 trees, 900 birds, 324 lizards, 300 mammals, 156

snakes, and 130 frogs. How many can and will you find?

 

 

This program, offered by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will examine various parks,

nature reserves and ecosystems throughout South Africa, including the Kruger

to Canyons Biosphere and the Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg National

Park, the Kalahari desert, De Hoop Nature Reserve, the Fynbos biome and the

Western Cape, Platbos Forest, various Marine Protected Areas and Table

Mountain National Park. The role of nature reserves and national parks as

management tools will be investigated as well as a comparing natural area

management systems between South Africa and the United States.

 

 

Students will spend more than 14 days on safari, where you will be expected

to see and record as many South African species as possible, compare species

presence and absence between the different regions visited, discuss why

species do or do not exist across all locations, and what role management

has in species presence or absence. Students will also interact with

government officials and land managers and participate in hands-on learning.

 

 

 

** ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS - Bushwalk through the Kruger ecosystem; Camping in

Kruger National Park; night game drives in Kruger and Kalahari national

parks; Rhino notching in Pilanesberg National Park; and interacting with

African Penguins just to name a few. This is a once in a lifetime

conservation adventure! **

 

 

 

Academic Overview

 

Students will be required to enroll for six (6) credits in the following

course:

 

 

 

ISB 202 Applications of Environmental and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

(ISB 202 credits still pending)

 

FW 480 International Studies in Fisheries and Wildlife

3-6 cr.

 

 

 

Additional Requirements

 

This program is primarily intended for undergraduate and graduate students

majoring in biological sciences, environmental biology, natural resource

management, wildlife ecology, zoology, or a related field, but students from

all academic majors, as well as students from other universities, that are

interested in wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

Students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at

least 2.0 at the time of application. Meeting this minimum grade point

average does not, however, guarantee admission. Preference will be given to

students with a biological, environmental, natural resource or fisheries and

wildlife-related background.

 

 

 

Additionally, students must submit an essay with their application stating

why they wish to participate in this program.

 

 

 

It should be noted that not all activities involved in this program are

accessible to individuals with disabilities.

 

 

 

Applicants¹ participation may be denied or their participation approval may

be revoked if their conduct before departure raises doubts as to their

suitability for program participation.

 

 

 

Housing Overview

 

 

 

Accommodations will include tourist-class motel or hostel facilities in

Middleberg, Struisbaii and Cape Town; and cabin-style facilities while at

the South African Wildlife College and in Kruger National Park, Tswalu in

the Kalahari, and Upington. There may be some tented camping while in Kruger

National Park and at Selous Bush Camp. All meals are included.

 

 

 

How much does it cost?

 

The program fee for 2015 is $4,590 and includes the following:

 

* application fee ($100)

 

* deposit ($200)

 

* pre-departure orientation

 

* accommodations

 

* most meals

 

* local transportation

 

* accident and sickness insurance

 

* field trips

 

 

 

Amounts not included in the program fee for which participants will need to

budget include:

 

* MSU tuition and fees*

 

* airfare

 

* beverages

 

* books and supplies

 

* laundry

 

* passport application fee

 

* visa application fees (if applicable)

 

* pre-departure doctor visits

 

* pre-departure immunizations (if applicable)

 

* personal spending money

 

 

 

Excluding tuition and fees*, these additional costs are estimated at $2,845.

Students may request a cost sheet which lists both the program fee and an

estimate of additional expenses by contacting the Office of Study Abroad at

(517) 353-8920.

 

 

 

 

 

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JIM SCHNEIDER -Undergraduate Program Coordinator

 

Senior Specialist - Adviser & Certified Wildlife Biologist ®

 

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Michigan State University

40 Natural Resources Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1222

Office: 517-353-9091

Fax: 517-432-1699

E-Mail: schne181@msu.edu

FW Web Site: http://www.fw.msu.edu/

 

http://www.fw.msu.edu/> *******************************************

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