Environmental Studies FSP Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South AfricaOtjiwarongo, NamibiaSwakopmund, NamibiaWindhoek, Namibia

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Environmental Studies


The Environmental Studies Program offers a foreign study program in southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia). 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. Courses are taught by multiple Dartmouth faculty directors.

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. As participants will observe, these conditions further magnify environmental issues.




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This program is limited to juniors and seniors.

One of the following courses in preparation.

(Availability subject to change):

    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

Selection Criteria: There are few formal prerequisites to participate in the ENVS Africa FSP.  The program benefits from having diverse perspectives among the student participants, and all majors are welcome to apply. What we do look for is individuals who are prepared to engage in a rigorous field-based educational experience. 


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 under "Financing Your Program". 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.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane tickets and, in many cases, meals. Often, families find that they owe less for billable items for study away terms but will instead use more of their expected family contribution towards indirect costs such as the flight and meals. For help sorting out who pays what and how, contacting the Financial Aid office is often advisable.  

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane tickets and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how, contacting the Financial Aid office is often advisable.  

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