- Be immersed in an interdisciplinary approach to global environmental issues and connections through this field course in two countries in southern Africa: Namibia and Botswana
- Analyze and integrate the ecological, social, political, and economic aspects of the systems under study while visiting vastly different ecosystems from the Namib Desert to the Okavango Delta
- Stay in bungalows and campsites in some of the most beautiful locations on earth while earning six credit hours of courses through the Environmental Sciences department (though individuals of any major may participate and learn through this trip!)
- Spend three weeks in Namibia and one week in Botswana with your peers and study in locations such as Etosha National Park, Damaraland, the Namib Desert, the Okavango Delta, and the Kalahari Desert
- Namibia is characterized by extensive pristine areas and a significant presence of wildlife with the Namib Desert in the west of the country and the Kalahari Desert in the east
- Namibia has the second lowest population density of any country in the world, after Mongolia in Central Asia
- Botswana is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Africa and contains strikingly different ecosystems, from the desert covering nearly 70% of the country to one of the largest inland deltas in the world
- A highlight of Namibia are its striking and enormous sand dunes near Sossusvlei, considered one of the most photographed areas in Southern Africa
- With ecotourism comprising a large portion of the local economy, Botswana’s land is close to 20% wildlife parks, allowing for conservation of the many species contained therein
- Both Namibia and Botswana have populations of just over 2 million people, less than the population of metro Atlanta!
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 13. The application deadline is February 14. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible.
Acceptance Process: This program accepts applications on a rolling basis.
June 13 – July 10, 2020 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
All program participants take one course worth 6 Emory credit hours.
ENVS 446 / BIOL 446: Field Studies, Southern Africa
Description: 6 credit hours. (Lawrence Wilson)
- Cover topics relevant to Namibia such as wildlife in parks, the impact of people on parks, community-based conservation initiatives, the role of tourism in the economy, scarcity of resources, and the role of local and international institutions in the protection of endangered cultures and animal species
- Study the evolution and ecology of Botswana through the environmental issues associated with the contemporary human use of this system as well as the ongoing initiatives to protect it
Accommodations are provided in bungalows and campsites.
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
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.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one 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 require all students to complete a mandatory online pre-departure orientation by April 15. This assignment will be deployed through Canvas in early April.
Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy
Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students