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.

You will be based in Antalaha, a town of approximately 35,000 people in the northeast of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean. Antalaha, one of the administrative centers for the SAVA region, is a buzzing coastal town, renowned for its fragrant vanilla plantations, lush vegetation, beaches and reef flats. The region has a wide range of ecosystems within a matter of hours of each other as well as diverse economic and cultural activities, making it an ideal location for fieldtrips to explore Madagascar’s diverse cultures and environments.

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

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

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.

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.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20194/15/2019Late AugustEarly December
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Late JanuaryEarly May

Travel Advisories

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