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UF in Swaziland - Wildlife Ecology
Kruger Park, South Africa; Mlawula, Swaziland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
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Graduate, Undergraduate Program Advisor: Jill Ranaivoson
Type of Credit:
UF GPA UF Course Registration: WIS 4905, WIS 6905
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: UF Sponsored
Agricultural and Life Sciences Field of Study: Wildlife Ecology
Program Description:

UF in Swaziland

Wildlife Ecology
Summer A: May 29 - June 19, 2018

About the Program

Live and work at camps in some of Swaziland and South Africa's best nature preserves. This program is a hands-on learning opportunity in one of the most diverse and complex ecosystems in the world. The class will meet 3 times prior to leaving for Southern Africa and 3 times after we return (via distance). Classes prior to departure will help familiarize you with the cultures, social context, and wildlife of Southern Africa, and will help you begin developing research projects. Lectures will emphasize African ecosystems, African vertebrate populations, and conservation and social issues in Southern Africa. Immerse yourself in African low-yield ecology and gain an appreciation for the skills necessary for fieldwork in this often harsh environment. Through lectures, field exercises and informal discussions, you will interact with scientists who have tackled conservation issues in the region firsthand.

About the Location

Swaziland is a small country near the Southern tip of Africa. This course will be centered at nature reserves in Swaziland and South Africa


Participants will stay at three separate localities during the trip: a backpacker's lodge with residence hall-style rooms in the center of Swaziland, the campground at the Mlawula Nature Reserve, and the Crocodile Bridge Camp at Kruger National park in South Africa. Camping equipment will be provided where needed.

Learn about Swazi and South African cultures, basic field survival skills, wildlife and plant identification, wildlife research techniques, research design, and conservation.

Identify animals by sight, tracks, and sound.

Radio tag and track bats.

Understand Swazi history and culture.

Course Information

Department of Wildlife, Conservation & Ecology
Courses are taught by UF professor Dr. Robert McCleery and guest lecturers Dr. Ara Monadjem (University of Swaziland), Richard Boycott, and Kim Rouques each for 3 UFGPA of credits.

WIS4905/6905: African Conservation, Culture, and Management

WIS4905/6905: African Savannah Wildlife Ecology

Total Number of Credits Offered: 6


  • Open to all majors
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Interview with program director
  • Prerequisite coursework: (3-credit ecology course)

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.

2018 Pricing

Undergraduate Program Fee: $3,600
Graduate Program Fee:$4,098

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.

What's Included:

Tuition for 6 credits, accommodation, meals, transportation, park entrance fees, all scheduled activities, international health insurance and medical emergency assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare, some meals, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Jill Ranaivoson

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Robert McCleery


This program is currently not accepting applications.