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.
In the program, you will examine coastal ecology and natural resource management in one of the most remarkable areas of the world: Zanzibar and the islands of the Western Indian Ocean. The region's geographic location and distinct ecological conditions allow you to study specific environmental topics, including tropical forest management and coral reef conservation, in a unique context. Through thematic coursework and direct field experience you will be exposed to multiple sources of knowledge in order to better understand the dual imperatives of economic growth and environmental protection.
The program is based in the remarkable city of Stone Town, distinguished for its impressive cultural and architectural heritage. The city boasts magnificent Arab architecture, bustling markets, narrow streets and alleyways, mosques, and museums. From your base in Stone Town, you will examine issues in marine and coastal environments through lectures and short excursions arranged through the Institute of Marine Sciences. Additionally, you will begin Kiswahili language classes and have the opportunity to live with a host family which further immerses you in the local language and culture.
For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit SIT: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management.
If you are interested in applying to the Coastal Ecology 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.
- Completion of the GEO application process.
- 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.
- previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT
- swimming and snorkeling proficiency is strongly recommended
Dates and Deadlines
|Term||Year||Final Deadline||Arrival Date||Departure Date|
|Fall Semester||2017||4/15/2017||Mid-August||Early December|
|Spring Semester||2018||10/1/2017||Late January||Mid-May|
Additional Date Information
To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
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.
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.