Drexel University (Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program)
Now in it's sixth year, this study abroad program on the tropical Central/West African island of Bioko (Equatorial Guinea)is based on a field research course (Field Research in Tropical Ecology, 4 cr) taught by Dr. Tom Butynski, an experienced field biologist renowned for his work on African primates. Each student, in partnership with a local Equatoguinean student, pursues an individually designed research project. Additional courses( Field Methods in Tropical Ecology; Natural Resource Economics; Environment and Society; Spanish Language and African Culture) are taught at the National University of Equatorial Guinea ("UNGE") in English by USA-educated faculty. In addition to the coursework at UNGE in the capital city of Malabo, the semester includes 2 weeks at the Moka Wildlife Center in the central highlands, and a one week expedition to the remote southern coast of Bioko Island. The program is limited to 8 students per semester. It is offered in conjunction with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (www.bioko.org). Academic credit is issued by Drexel University.
The program is open to undergraduates (junior or senior) and recent graduates seeking a serious research experience in an unusual tropical country (with low human population, spectacular unspoiled wilderness, and recent wealth from oil) with seven species of monkeys (drill, black colobus, red colobus, red-eared guenon, crowned guenon, putty-nose monkey, Preuss's monkey). Applicants are expected to have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 and at least 1 year of Spanish (the official language of Equatorial Guinea)
Tuition / Fees:
The program fee of $14,200 includes tuition, housing, field experiences and Drexel University transcript. Additional details at Drexel website (www.drexel.edu/studyabroad/) and BBPP website (www.bioko.org).
Support (schlolarships, travel):
Scholarships are available to help defray the costs for disadvantaged students.
Start + End Dates:
18 September - 14 December, 2008
15 May 2008
This study abroad program was formerly offered by Arcadia University's Center for Education Abroad. The change in faculty affiliation to Drexel led to the change in sponsoring university, and the associated delay in publicizing the program has left 2 positions open.
Office of Study Abroad, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104