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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, Kiswahili Housing options: Field Camp
Areas of study: African Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, 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: 8.4
Program Description:


sfs tanzania


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


Spend a semester in the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s diverse wildlife – from charismatic lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – and learn about their ecology and behavior. Meet members of Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities to learn about long-standing cultures and traditions while collaborating to address the impacts of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project on wildlife management, community livelihoods, and sustainability.

  • 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.
  • Spend two weeks in southern Kenya, with expeditions to Amboseli National Park, Tsavo Conservation Area, and the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.

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
  • African large mammal behavior
  • Carnivore ecology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Community-based conservation


  • GIS
  • Species identification and wildlife census techniques
  • Animal behavior observation
  • Natural resource valuation
  • 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
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Academic Program
Students enroll in the following courses:
  • Introduction to Swahili Language and East African Tribal Communities (0.4 Pomona credits).
  • Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values- Tanzania (0.9 Pomona credits).
  • Techniques in Wildlife Management (0.9 Pomona credits).
  • Wildlife Ecology (0.9 Pomona credits)
  • Directed Research- Tanzania (0.9 Pomona credits)
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 P/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 2022 09/19/2021 10/08/2021 01/31/2022 05/13/2022