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Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins

Arusha, Tanzania


Venture to eastern Africa and explore some of the world’s most famous ecological and paleoanthropological sites. Take courses with local faculty, conduct field research over the course of the semester, and engage in Tanzanian culture in both urban and rural areas.

Think and live like a field researcher

“After living, traveling, and studying in a biodiversity hotspot, I have decided to pursue a career in ecological research.”

Kathleen Quigley, Monmouth College, biology major

Dig into a topic of your choosing and tap into Tanzania’s renowned natural resources. You’ll gain hands-on undergraduate research experience that you can use throughout college and beyond.

Speak Swahili

I had originally chosen this program due to my interests in both anthropology and ecology, and I got so much more out of it than just academics. People I met on campus, in the homestay, and in the field will never be forgotten. 

Stacey Hamilton, Ripon College, anthropology major

Through language study, travel, and everyday activities, you’ll develop the skills to interact with Tanzanians and their culture in personal, meaningful ways.

Transform your perspective on the world

“The semester was a whirlwind of adventure, exploration, and personal growth. After completing the program, I feel like I see the world differently. I value relationships more, and understand and value my privilege.”

Mackenzie Barnwell, Macalester College, geology major

Get ready to have your ideas of the world turned upside down! Living in Tanzania will open your eyes to many different ways of living. You’ll come away from the experience with a transformed sense of self and a fresh way of viewing other cultures.

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Danae Roumis
University of Chicago

Since returning, I’ve channeled my fond memories of Tanzania toward my work. My focus is sharper – I may not know exactly where I will be working in the future, but I know what my passions are and what I stand for.

Jessie Pechmann
Beloit College

I choose to study abroad through the ACM Tanzania program because it was such a diverse program and we had the opportunity to conduct our own independent research project.

Cyndi Pinkus
Ripon College

Not a day goes by that I don't look back at my time in Tanzania and wish I could go back there again. I really discovered myself as a person and learned to observe everything in a new perspective.

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Fall semester (mid-August–mid-December)

Who can apply

Undergraduates from any four-year U.S. college or university can apply.

Host institution

Local institution in Arusha


Students live with a host family near Arusha. During the two-week safari, students will stay in campsites.


Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent.

  • Swahili Language
  • Human Evolution
  • Ecology of the Maasai Ecosystem
  • Research Methods & Field Practicum

Language requirement

No prerequisites. Except for the required Swahili language courses, all classes are conducted in English

Application deadlines

Fall semester 2017 deadline

March 15, 2017

Fall semester 2018 deadline

March 15, 2018

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.


Emily Gaul
Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study Programs
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5919

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