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Princeton Field Semester in Kenya
Nanyuki, Kenya (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Type of Program: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study, Field Work, Research Degree Level: 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students, 4th year u/g students
Time Away: Spring Semester Housing options: Guesthouse
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Princeton Field Semester in Kenya

 
   EEB Kenya   EEB Mt Kenya   

The EEB Department offers juniors in their spring semester the opportunity to study at the Mpala Research Center in Kenya and do specialized field-research in the areas of environmental sciences, zoology, ecology, and preservation. Students will live and study alongside other Princeton students and after completing their fieldwork will return to campus to write about their findings.

Academics

Courses:

The Spring 2021 iteration of the Princeton Field Semester in Kenya will run from February 1 - April 27, 2021, with a possibility of travel to Kenya during the last module for three weeks. The first three modules will be taught virtually. 
  • EEB 326 Tropical Ecology and Conservation, taught by Professor Andy Dobson (Princeton). Feb 1 – Feb 21.
  • EEB 406 Biology of African Wild Animals and Ecosystems, taught by Professor Dustin Rubenstein (Columbia). Feb 22 – March 12.
  • Spring Break. March 13 - March 16
  • EEB  380 Ecology and Conservation of African Landscapes, taught by Paula Kahumbu (Mpala). March 17 – April 6. 
    EEB 388 Genomics in the Wild, taught by Professors Julien Ayroles and Sarah Kocher (Princeton). April 7 – April 27. 
Please find updated budget information here:
Kenya Budget Spring 2021_Princeton Students.xlsx
Kenya Budget Spring 2021_Columbia Students.xlsx
 

The EEB Department offers juniors in their spring semester the opportunity to study at the Mpala Research Center in Kenya and do specialized field-research in the areas of environmental sciences, zoology, ecology, and preservation. Students will live and study alongside other Princeton students and after completing their fieldwork will return to campus to write about their findings. Sophomores and Seniors may receive special permission to participate; please contact Undergraduate Administrator, Sandra Kaiser (sakaiser@princeton.edu). As with the Panama Program, four courses are taken in sequence and involve total immersion in the tropics. We have chosen Kenya as our Old World tropics site because of its rich variety of ecosystems and animals, and the presence of the Mpala Research Centre (MRC)—a facility for scientific research, education, and training in central Kenya, emphasizing environmental sciences, biodiversity conservation, and natural resources management. 

Aside from studying animal predation and habitats, learning field techniques, understanding the importance of ecosystem restoration, and experimenting with fashioning building blocks from easily available local materials, students went on safari, visited one of the several private wildlife reserves in the area, climbed Mt. Kenya, and stayed, at one point, in a group campsite run by the local Maasai. 
 
After students complete the 'in the field' part of the course they return to campus to write up their findings, present their work at a symposium, and work intensively on their junior paper. While in the field, past students have had the opportunity to present findings to local landowners and government officials, appear on Kenyan television and even meet with the US Ambassador to Kenya to present their findings. 

For more information, photos and updates from the field, please "like" us on Facebook.

Eligibility:

Princeton students must be a junior or senior in the EEB department and have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.    

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website. Please consult with the EEB Department directly about visa information. 

Application Process

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