Study climate change, its human impacts, and national and local solutions in northern and coastal Tanzania.
Visit Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Usambara Mountains.
With SIT faculty and Mount Kilimanjaro National Park experts, you’ll learn about the climatology, ecology, and hydrology of the extinct volcano, including its two glaciers. In the mountains, you’ll investigate how climate change affects migrating wildlife (such as wildebeests and zebras) and the livelihoods of the pastoral Maasai in Ngorongoro and the agricultural Shambaa.
Explore climate change and marine conservation in the Zanzibar Archipelago.
In the coastal region, you’ll study coral reef conservation, tropical forest management, and resource management.
Learn and practice field methodologies for climate research.
Learn the techniques, methods, and ethics necessary for successful field research. You’ll explore the diversity and natural resources of Tanzania, challenging yourself to understand the larger questions of conservation practice in the region.
Partner with academic, professional, and community experts.
SIT’s partners include the Zanzibar government’s Department of Forestry, the Department of Environment, and the Department of Fisheries; the Institute of Marine Sciences in Zanzibar; and The University of Dar es Salaam on mainland Tanzania. Through SIT’s extensive regional networks, you will have the opportunity to access experts in government and nongovernmental agencies.
Key Topics of Study
Key Topics of Study
- Climate change, its impacts, and national and East African solutions to this critical global issue
- Research methods in a nontraditional, cross-cultural environment
- Ecological and anthropological field study techniques
- Human-environment interaction in ecosystems
The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
- Climate Change and Its Impacts in the Tropics – syllabus
- (ENVI3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- An interdisciplinary course addressing the social and natural impacts of climate change in East Africa. Subjects include ecology and the societies of northern and coastal Tanzania, national and local solutions to climate change, and the complexities of management solutions.
- Environmental Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus
- (ENVI3500 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- An introduction to ecological and anthropological field study techniques. Through excursions and field assignments, the course introduces and critically employs scientific and social scientific methods for feasible and ethical research. Students learn field observation, interviewing, record keeping, scientific analysis, interpretation, and presentation based on primary sources.
Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
Zanzibar Archipelago – 3 weeks
Investigate coral reefs and coral bleaching, the resilience of mangrove forests, and coastal erosion. Interview local fishermen in the Zanzibar Archipelago, also known as the “Spice Islands.” This popular tourist destination boasts tropical beaches and a host of interesting animals, including endangered red colobus monkeys.
Usambara Mountains – 1 week
You’ll stay in the towns of Lushoto and Amani. This beautiful mountainous region is full of wildlife, including endemic chameleons and butterflies. You’ll visit archaeological sites that have revealed evidence of climate change 1,000 years ago. Local foresters, farmers, and NGOs share their experiences with the present effects of climate change.
Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater – 2 weeks
Visit Kilimanjaro base camp, and Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera (collapsed volcano) outside of Indonesia. Black rhinoceri, lions, and elephants live in the region. You will study climate change impacts on wildlife, grasslands, and glacial melt used by nearby communities for irrigation. Of particular interest will be the effects on and solutions of communities to climate change.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Jonathan Richard Walz, PhD, Academic Director
Jonathan completed his PhD at the University of Florida as a foreign language and area studies fellow at the Center for African Studies. Funded by Fulbright-Hays, his doctoral research produced a history of human settlement and environment for the region between the Swahili Coast and the Eastern Arc Mountains of northeastern Tanzania. As a short-term graduate student at the University of Dar es Salaam, Jonathan studied Swahili language and East African history and ecology. He taught for three years in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at the University of Florida and for five years at a liberal arts college, where he won multiple teaching awards and internal and external research funding for projects in the Indian Ocean region. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Indian Ocean Heritage and serves as a research associate at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Jonathan’s expertise concerns the anthropology and historical ecology of eastern Africa and the western Indian Ocean. He has conducted multiple research projects in Tanzania, Uganda, and India and has many publications, including refereed journal articles and book chapters. His scholarship emphasizes long-term human settlement and ecological change as well as issues related to Africans’ use of contemporary landscapes, seascapes, fauna, and medicinal plants.
Said Hamad Omar, Program Coordinator
Said Hamad OmarSaid holds a BSc (Hon) in zoology and botany from the Open University of Tanzania 2011. He received a diploma in fisheries science from Kunduchi Fisheries in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and is currently working toward a master’s degree in environmental studies from the Open University of Tanzania. He has worked with fishermen and coastal villagers in Pemba and Unguja and has worked to increase marine and terrestrial conservation awareness in conjunction with forest and fisheries departments in Tanzania. Said has served with SIT for more than a decade.
Zuleikha Makame and Ali Said, Office Managers
Zuleikha Makame and Ali SaidZuleikha became the office manager at SIT after completing her degree in public administration from the University of Zanzibar in 2012. Her responsibilities involve administration and overseeing the library in both physical and electronic form. Ali has been with the program since 2007 and has a background in business. He helps coordinate logistics for students and the program.
Narriman Jiddawi, PhD, Program Coordinator
Narriman has a PhD in marine biology from the University of Dar es Salaam, where she is a senior lecturer at the university’s Institute of Marine Sciences. She also holds an MS in fisheries biology and management from the University of North Wales and a BS in zoology/botany/education from the University of Dar es Salaam and has researched the age, growth, reproductive biology, and fishery of Indian mackerel (rastrelliger kanagurta) in Zanzibar. She has been a program coordinator of the SIT Tanzania-Zanzibar program since its inception.
The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.
You will stay with a Swahili family in historic Stone Town, a remarkable city and UNESCO World Heritage site, distinguished for its impressive cultural and architectural legacies. The city boasts magnificent Arab architecture, bustling markets, narrow streets and alleyways, mosques, and museums.
Throughout the homestay experience, you will participate in and learn more about the day-to-day cultural activities of your family, allowing you to experience Islamic traditions in the Zanzibari context.
Cost and Scholarships
Cost and Scholarships
SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.
SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.
This program is eligible for a New Horizons Grant, a scholarship for our new programs. Award amounts are $2,500 for semester and $1,500 for summer programs. Students demonstrating need through their submitted scholarship application will be eligible.
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
- Cost of all lecturers
- All educational excursions and related travel costs
- Health insurance throughout the entire program period
Room & Board: $1,500
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
- All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Stone Town, Zanzibar), and on all excursions. Accommodation is covered by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.
- All homestays. All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.
Estimated Additional Costs:
International Airfare to Program Launch Site
International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.
Visa Expenses: $100
International Phone: Each student must bring a phone with them to their program.
Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.
Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.