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  • Locations: Kigali, Rwanda; Kimana, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission 01/30/2025 05/03/2025

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Affiliate Partner Housing Options: Dormitory
Credit Type: Transfer Credit Language of Instruction: English
Provider: SFS Experiential Learning: Research
Program Description:


sfs kenya


  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 2.7 GPA, 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Fall: May 1st. Spring: November 1st. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


Study diverse wildlife and engage in hands-on conservation research in the world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya and Rwanda. In Kenya, the survival of several endangered, threatened, and vulnerable species hinges on many factors, including the availability of critical resources, climate change, and land use adjustments. Research the root causes of these changes and how different conservation strategies can benefit both humans and wildlife. In Rwanda, you’ll view additional iconic endangered species, compare national conservation strategies, and hike into the rainforest to witness mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. 

  • On a multi-day camping trip, explore Amboseli National Park – widely regarded as the best place in the world to observe free-ranging elephants.
  • Track endangered mountain gorillas through the Rwandan rainforest with guest lecturers from the Dian Fossey Foundation. For a life changing hour, live face to face with one of the most majestic creatures on earth. 
  • Embark on a 2-week expedition to the nearby SFS Center in Tanzania. Students stay at our Moyo Hill Camp (MHC) site, surrounded by the famous parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha, and Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • Visit multiple conservancies and wildlife orphanages, learning how experts care for and use technology to steward lion, white and black rhinoceros, elephant, zebra and other wildlife populations.
  • Spend the day with a local Maasai family and learn about their culture, history, daily life, and relationship with nature.
  • Conduct a comprehensive field research project: Develop a research question, collect and analyze data, write a paper, and present your findings. 

SFS students live and study at the Center for Endangered Species Conservation. The Center, known locally as Kilimanjaro Biodiversity Camp, lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Our sprawling, grassy campus includes traditional thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), just down the road from the small town of Kimana.


  • Wildlife management and sanctuaries
  • Climate change resilience
  • Water conservation
  • Wildlife ecology and behavior
  • Endangered Species 
  • National parks management
  • Community governance of protected areas
  • Conservation strategies


  • GIS
  • Species identification and wildlife census
  • Basic Swahili language
  • Interview and survey methods
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation





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