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  • Locations: Hoedspruit, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Description:


FLP South Africa RhinoOregon State University, Leiden University, the Nsasani trust, the South African Wildlife College and Utrecht University are organizing a joint international and interdisciplinary Field Course in South Africa on issues related to biological conservation, sustainable development and public health for a students from different international backgrounds. The focus on the course will be on biodiversity and conservation, human-wildlife conflicts, infectious diseases, and poverty alleviation. The course will consist of a mixture of lectures, field trips and group work and include South African, American as well as Dutch course instructors from diverse disciplines. We will be largely based at a protected area - Kruger National Park allowing ample time for wildlife viewing. The course will include field trips and activities. Likely field trips include a visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, numerous day trips within Kruger National Park for wildlife viewing and hiking in the Drakensberg mountains. The curriculum will involve topics in biodiversity, conservation, ecological sociology and one health. In addition to lectures, students will have the opportunity to propose their own research projects, participate in bush walks to see wildlife, and interact with local communities.

Areas of Study

Student will enroll in VMB 499: ST/Sustainable Livelihoods and Sustainable Conservation for 3 credits. Learning goals include:
  1. Students will practice identifying and analyzing challenges and opportunities related to sustainable livelihoods, ecosystem health and biodiversity conservation from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  2. Students will develop the analytical and practical skills to conduct cross-cultural and cross-continental comparative analyses;
  3. Students will gain practical, hands-on knowledge in real-world settings on current challenges and opportunities related to sustainable livelihoods.


This program is designed for undergraduates at any level of education; however, those with 2nd, 3rd and 4th year standing will gain the most. Students in many disciplines will find it interesting including fish and wildlife, pre-vet, pre-med, environmental sciences and international relations.

Cost Estimates

To be determined.

Additional Info

The Program Leader is Dr. Brianna (Bree) Beechler.

This program is currently not accepting applications.