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Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Residence Hall or Dormitory Minimum GPA: 2.85
Areas of Study: Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, History Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Class Year: 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Features: Independent Field Research
Program Description:

About Organization for Tropical Studies - South Africa

(African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa)

This program consists of lectures, skill workshops, fieldwork, and visits to selected natural and historic sites of interest throughout South Africa. Courses are taught by faculty and researchers from local and international universities, conservation managers and other expert practitioners. Guided by faculty, students design research projects related to the actual scientific work and issues faced by managers in the South African National Parks, among these Kruger National Park and Nylsvley Nature Reserve. To be able to better understand the socio-economic context for the ecology courses, students spend three-nights in a homestay in a rural community.  

The Program takes place in a variety of locations in the north and south regions of South Africa.

Program Dates:
Fall Semester: Late August to late November                                                                    
Spring Semester: Mid-January to early May

Admissions Requirements:
Students must have completed two semesters of college biology.

Courses & Credit:
Students enroll in four courses, which earns 4.0 Wheaton credits.
- South African Ecosystems and Diversity
- Field Research in Savanna Ecology
- Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa
- Duke in South Africa: Special Topics in History

Housing & Board: 
For most of the program, you will be living with other students in large dormitory rooms, cottages with four to six students, and smaller cottages with two students per room. Meals are provided.

Fees: Wheaton Tuition, Room and Board
- Expenses covered include tuition and fees, housing and meals, local transportation and one round-trip airfare on a group flight to South Africa.

Wheaton Confirmation Fee:
All students accepted to a study abroad program will be assessed a $500 non-refundable confirmation fee at the time of final confirmation of study abroad participation. Students are not charged the technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Fees will be billed to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July for Fall semester & December for Spring semester).

Other Expenses: 
Students are responsible for passport and visa fees, CISI Supplemental Health & Accident Insurance, transcript fee, travel to meet group flights, and personal expenses.
For Wheaton specific questions contact:    
     Center for Global Education
     5  Howard Street
     Wheaton College
     Norton, MA 02766-2322
     508-286- 4950

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.