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UF in South Africa - People, Parks, & Conservation in Africa
Kruger Park, South Africa; Mlawula, Swaziland; Skukuza, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
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Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 03/15/2018
03/15/2018 05/17/2018 06/07/2018

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Program Advisor: Jill Ranaivoson
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Yes Program Type: UF Sponsored
Liberal Arts and Sciences Field of Study: Conservation, Geography
Program Description:

UF in South Africa

People, Parks, & Conservation in Africa
Summer A: May 17 - June 7, 2018

About the Program

Students will contribute to long term research programs and data sets that are being developed to understand the interactions between land use and land cover change, and the social and economic drivers/effects of these changes in and around National Parks in South Africa. Students will also have significant opportunities for extending their stay through internships or volunteering with partners (e.g. animal orphanages), or professional short courses in a range of wildlife-related subjects including veterinary research, field guiding, elephant management, Community based natural resource management (CBNRM), tourism management, and so on.

About the Location

The two main locations of this program are Swaziland – where we spend the first 5 days of the field course and then Kruger National Park in South Africa for the other 2+ weeks.


The entire course is an excursion as most activities and lodging occurs within the parks themselves. Examples include – safari in parks, walking in reserves with rangers, animal spotting and IDs, visiting animal rescue facilities, visiting anti-poaching groups, game drives in 5 different locations/parks/reserves and discussions with a variety of different reserves and lodges.


A variety of different housing/lodges will be used from tents, to dorm rooms (bunk beds), to shared rooms.



Realize the complexities and challenges of conservation within the African context

Gain practical field skills conducting empirical research

Increase cross-cultural understanding

Experience some of the most amazing landscapes and protected areas left in the world today


Course Information

College Liberal Arts and Sciences
Center for African Studies
Department of Geography

GEO 3930: People, Parks & Conservation in Africa
GEO 4938: Field Techniques for Conservation and Landscape Analysis

Courses are taught by UF faculty for 3 credits each

Total Number of Credits: 6 UF GPA credits


  • open to all majors
  • students in good standing
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • video submission
  • short written answers
  • previously taken GEA 3600: Geography of Africa
    (Recommended but not required)

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

2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: $4,722

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.

What's Included:

Tuition for 6 UF GPA credits, lodging, meals, in-country transporation, all schedule activities, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare, WildCard (approx. $150) additional personal travel, and personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Jill Ranaivoson

Faculty Program Directors
Dr. Jane Southworth | | 352-294-7512
Dr. Brian Child | | 352-392-0494
Dr. Sadie Ryan | | 352-392-0494


This program is currently not accepting applications.