University of Oregon

SIT: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management in Fort Dauphin

Program Overview

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.  

This program allows you the opportunity to study ecology in an island nation that has been isolated from other landmasses for more than one hundred million years. Madagascar’s unique evolutionary path has produced an immeasurable contribution to the world’s biodiversity—more than 80 percent of the flora and fauna are endemic. Classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods will encourage you to analyze environmental issues in an array of ecosystems, including rainforests, dry spiny forests, alpine and transitional forests, savanna, gallery and littoral forests, mangroves, and coral reefs.
Studies in French and Malagasy, combined with a homestay, a village stay, and numerous excursions to national parks, will offer you a balanced social- and natural-science view and perspective on long-term conservation and the development needs of local populations.

The program base is Fort Dauphin, and the setting is idyllic. Situated on a peninsula at the southern end of a chain of rainforested mountains, Fort Dauphin is a town of about 50,000 people. Fort Dauphin is surrounded on three sides by the Indian Ocean and is home to some of the country’s cleanest and most beautiful beaches.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Additional Requirements

  • 1.5 years of recent college-level French or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in French, as assessed by SIT
  • Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/15/2017Late AugustEarly December
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Late JanuaryEarly May

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.