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  • Locations: Damaraland, Namibia; Etosha National Park, Namibia; Kalahari Desert, Bostwana; Namib Desert, Namibia; Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
06/17/2017 07/14/2017

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Type:
Emory approved, Emory Faculty-Led
Program Advisor:
Kate Dawson
Program Description:
To learn more and ask questions about Summer Study abroad opportunities please attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair, in Cox Hall Ballroom, on November 14, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2018 will open on December 15, 2017.

Hosted by: The Department of Environmental Studies

Academic Focus: This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in Environmental Studies.

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.5 GPA; good academic standing; at least 18 years of age; completion of a full year of college; and currently enrolled in a college/university.

Program Dates: June 17 - July 14, 2017 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted starting December 15.  The application deadline is March 1.  Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.

Acceptance Process: This program is accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Program Information: The major goals of the Environmental Field Study Program will be to translate theories and principles taught in class into practice in the field, promoting the students' awareness of the connections and global interdependence among human and natural systems. The program will use an interdisciplinary approach to analyze and integrate the ecological, social, political, and economic aspects of the systems under study. The group will spend three weeks in Namibia and one week in Botswana. During that time, they will visit different ecosystems and use them as case studies to learn about major environmental issues of that region. Lectures, two quizzes,field research, independent projects, short papers, and workshops will be used in this field study.

NAMIBIA: Etosha National Park, Damaraland, and the Namib Desert. Namibia is a dry place located between two deserts, the Namib desert on the west and the Kalahari on the east. The country is characterized by low population density, extensive pristine areas, and a significant presence of wildlife. The program will address issues such as wildlife in parks, people and parks, community-based conservation projects, and the role of tourism in the economy and conservation of wildlife. In addition, the students will learn about scarcity of resources and the role of local and international institutions in the protection of endangered cultures and animal species.

BOTSWANA: Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert. Botswana is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Africa. More important, it has one of the greatest wilderness areas left in the world, the Okavango Delta. The field study program will offer a rare opportunity to learn about the evolution and ecology of this biodiversity-rich ecosystem, the environmental issues associated with the contemporary human use of this system, and the ongoing initiatives to protect it. Students will also meet with and learn from local people like the San/Bushman in the Kalahari and the polers of Makwena in the Okavanko Delta.

Courses: All program participants take one course worth 6 Emory credit hours.

ENVS 446: Field Studies, Southern Africa
Description: 6 credit hours. (Lawrence Wilson)

Living Arrangements: Accommodations are provided in bungalows and campsites.

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet.

Financial Aid/Scholarships:Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.

Application Process: This program is open to both Emory students and to visiting students from other institutions. For questions or assistance please contact Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, to schedule a meeting or to inquire about the application process. Student must apply online to the program via the on-line application system. Click on the Apply Now link on this page. Emory students will need their Emory login ID and password. Visiting students from other institutions will create a username (current email address) and password through the online system.

Program Resources: Each summer study abroad program will have a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details.  Emory College Study Abroad will also offer a general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.

Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy

Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students


Larry Wilson, Program Director, Environmental Studies/Fernbank Science Center,

Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, Emory College Study Abroad, 404-727-2240,


This program is currently not accepting applications.