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UF in Madagascar - Biodiversity, Conservation, & Sustainable Development
Antananarivo, Madagascar (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer B
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Program Advisor: Jill Ranaivoson
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Yes Program Type: UF Sponsored
Liberal Arts and Sciences Field of Study: Biodiversity, Conservation, Sustainability
Program Description:

UF in Madagascar

Biodiversity, Conservation, & Sustainable Development
Summer B: July 2 - 30, 2018

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About the Program

UF in Madagascar offers a unique opportunity for students to experience one of the world’s most biologically diverse landscapes and explore the conservation issues it faces. Through guest lectures, visits to national parks, and field-work, students will critically examine current conservation efforts and sustainable development practices of organizations working in Madagascar.

About the Location

Located off the southeastern coast of Africa, Madagascar is the world’s 4th largest island and one of the top five highest-priority biodiversity hotspots on the planet. Separated from other landmasses for millions of years, this island nation is home to an incredible array of species found nowhere else in the world. Over 90% of its flora and fauna are endemic and the country’s ecosystems are as diverse as its creatures, perhaps the most well-known being its lemurs.


You will stay in a variety of lodging such as hotels, campsites, and research stations.


Students will travel from the central highlands to the southwest coast exploring the island’s geographic, biological, and cultural diversity. This program will include visits to national, private, and community managed parks and reserves as well as the opportunity to engage with researchers and conduct field work alongside local and international organizations working in Madagascar.

Sample Activities Include:

  • Tours of cities and villages such as Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Toliara

  • Cultural events such as Hira Gasy (traditional story-telling theater) and Famadihana (turning of the bones)

  • Searching for wildlife/hiking/field work in national parks and community reserves such as Ranomafana, Andasibe-Mantadia, Isalo, Anja Community Reserve, and Mitsinjo Reserve

  • Snorkeling off the coast of southwestern Madagascar

Course Information

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology

Course is taught by UF faculty   

ZOO 4956: Madagascar – Biodiversity and Conservation in a Developing Country
(6 UFGPA Credits)

Total Number of Credits Offered: 6

EXPLORE Madagascar’s diverse ecoystems and discover why this island nation is often referred to as the World’s 8th Continent
EXPERIENCE the culture of Madagascar, by engaging with local communities and guest lectures with Malagasy scientists and researchers

EXAMINE the relationship between scientists, researchers, policymakers, and the public, and their roles in conserving biodiversity



  • Open to all majors

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA, Students in good standing

  • Interview with Program Director

  • Prerequisite Coursework: BSC 2011 & BSC 2011L or instructor approval

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships..


UFIC offers scholarships for qualified students.
This year's summer scholarship deadline is February 9, 2018.

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2018 Pricing

2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: $6,486

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses. Deferment decisions will be based on the amount of aid to be received.

What's Included:

Tuition for 6 UF GPA credits, accommodation, all in-country transportation, most meals, park fees, international health insurance and emergency medical assitance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare to Madagascar, some meals, additional personal travel, visa fee,and personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Jill Ranaivoson

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Michael Miyamoto
Department of Biology

Additional Faculty:
Dr. Michele Tennant

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This program is currently not accepting applications.