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  • Locations: Moyo Hill Camp, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Residence Hall
Areas of study: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, International Relations, Sciences, Sociology, Zoology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Experiential/field-based, Stand alone GPA: 2.7
Program Description:


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  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science, 2.7 GPA, 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Fall: May 1st. Spring: November 1st. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


Step beyond a tourist experience in East Africa. Explore the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Tanzania’s Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project.

  • Embark on a multi-day camping expedition in Serengeti National Park, attending field lectures on the behavior and migratory patterns of the park’s magnificent wildlife.
  • Learn about elephant and lion ecology in Tarangire National Park and visit Burunge Wildlife Management Area to learn about community-based conservation.
  • Embark on a 2-week expedition to the nearby SFS Center in Kenya. Stay at our Kilimanjaro Bush Camp (KBC) site and spend time in Amboseli National Park and Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary. This includes a 4-day/3-night camping expedition to Chuyulu Hills or Tsavo National Park.
  • Conduct a comprehensive field research project: Develop a research question, collect and analyze data, write a paper, and present your findings.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Known locally as “Moyo Hill Camp” and surrounded by Tanzania’s world-famous national parks and wildlife, it’s the perfect base camp for expeditions into the field. Campus is reminiscent of summer camp, with plenty of outdoor and communal spaces, while the small, friendly community of Rhotia is a short walk away.


  • Wildlife conservation
  • Climate change impacts
  • African large mammal behavior and ecology
  • Field ornithology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Habitat assessments
  • Community-based conservation
  • Reptile ecology and conservation


  • GIS
  • Habitat and biodiversity assessment
  • Species identification and wildlife census techniques
  • Animal behavior observation
  • Natural resource valuation
  • Radio telemetry
  • Bird species identification
  • Basic Swahili language
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation





Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
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Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo

Academic Program
Students enroll in the following courses (18 U.S. semester credits; 4.5 Pomona credits; for academic year 2022-2023 and years prior students earned 4.0 Pomona credits):
  • Introduction to Swahili Language and East African Culture (0.54 Pomona credits).
  • Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values- Tanzania (1 Pomona credit).
  • Techniques in Wildlife Management (1 Pomona credit).
  • Wildlife Ecology (1 Pomona credit)
  • Directed Research- Tanzania (1 Pomona credit)
An important component of the SFS learning model is hands-on field experience. Field lectures, exercises and research help students to connect the conceptual material presented in the course to local realities, learn field research techniques, collect and analyze field data, and develop holistic and critical thinking skills. 

There is no CR/NC option for this program.

Living Arrangements
Students live at Moyo Hill Camp, a fenced facility nestled among native trees, surrounded by maize plantations and other crop fields. The camp includes a dining and social activity center, library, computer room, classroom, and outdoor spaces for lounging, studying, and playing soccer and volleyball. Students live in four-person suites in bandas (cabins) with bunk beds and a private bathroom. The camp is part of the small community of Rhotia, where students enjoy daily interaction with neighbors.

Number of Students
The program admits up to 38 students from a national pool.

Host Institution
The School for Field Studies

Faculty Liaison
Nina Karnovsky

  • One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science
Student Experiences
Click here to read about student experiences on the SFS Tanzania program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 09/17/2023 10/13/2023 TBA TBA