Environmental Studies FSP Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South AfricaWindhoek, Namibia

Program At a Glance

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Environmental Studies


This FSP is limited to juniors and seniors.

The foreign study program in southern Africa highlights the global perspective of the Environmental Studies Program. This regional program gives students firsthand experience with issues of conservation, population, and resource use and management in southern Africa with the central theme being the intersection of conservation and human development. The climate of the region is dry, the environment is fragile, and people often struggle to sustainably use and manage scarce common-pool resources such as land and water. Historical processes have also left many groups economically vulnerable and without access to important social and environmental services. These conditions magnify environmental issues and offer important academic opportunities. The program is heavily experiential: students spend the majority of their time directly engaging with local African landowners and staff at local NGOs and research centers under the guidance of the Dartmouth faculty. The program involves considerable travel in South Africa and Namibia, and much of the time we are camping.




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At least one of the following courses (availability subject to change; check the ORC and with the Environmental Studies Program office for updated list):
AAAS 11/ANTH 12.23: Intro to African Studies
AAAS 14/HIST 5.1: Pre-Colonial African History
AAAS 15/HIST 66: History of Africa since 1800
AAAS 19/HIST 5.8: Africa and the World
AAAS 40/WGST 34.2: Gender Identities and Politics in Africa
AAAS 42/REL 66/WGST 44.03: Women, Religion and Social Change in Africa
AAAS 44/ANTH 36: Anthropology and Contemporary Africa: Exploring Myths, Engaging Realities
AAAS 46/HIST 67: History of Modern South Africa
AAAS 50/ENVS 45/HIST 75: Colonialism, Development, and the Environment in Africa and Asia
AAAS 51/COLT 51: African Literatures: Masterpieces of Literatures from Africa
AAAS 54/THEA 23: Postcolonial African Drama
AAAS 83.02/GEOG 80: Food and the African World
AAAS 87.05/GOVT 42: Politics of Africa
AAAS 87.09/ANTH 12.14: African Popular Culture
AAAS 88.02/WGST 38.02/HIST 6.30: Women & Gender in the African Diaspora
GEOG 6/INTS 16: Introduction to International Development


The program involves considerable travel in South Africa and Namibia.

During much of the program students and faculty will be traveling and camping in safari tents.  Students will also experience short rural homestays.

For more information, please see the department website.

Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for each program by clicking on the appropriate term. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.


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