Minimum GPA: 2.70

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2024
  • Fall 2024
    August 22, 2024 to November 30, 2024
  • Spring 2025


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


This program does not have capacity constraints; no back-up is required.

Opportunity Description

Experience South Africa's rich biological and cultural diversity on a field-based program in Kruger National Park.

What is unique about this program?

Study South African Ecosystems and Diversity; Field Research Methods in Ecology; Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in South Africa; and South Africa: Special Topics in History. Most semesters, local students participate on the program.

Live alongside OTS faculty and distinguished visiting scientists and conservation practitioners who teach science-based courses.  The Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative hosts a new sustainability built, research, education, and training facility alongside the staff village for the park where the park's researchers and veterinarians live.

Learn from prominent South African historians, artists, and cultural theorists will lead the course on History and Culture of South Africa.

Conduct multiple short field-based research initiatives emphasizing the scientific method.

Participate fully on a program is physically and intellectually demanding, stressing full immersion in hands-on scientific and cultural studies.

What is unique about South Africa?

South Africa is a progressive, dynamic nation that continues to redefine itself in the post-apartheid era. It features a fascinating blend of Western amenities and traditional African cultures, and a strong tradition of environmental protection, which has resulted in the creation of numerous preserves that offer excellent research opportunities.

South Africa’s rich biological and cultural diversity makes it an exceptional location in which to examine issues related to ecology and conservation. Based in Kruger National Park and West Coast National Park, field study and research exercises will expose you to different types of ecosystems, while you come to explore the fauna and flora of both the savanna systems and the Cape Floristic Kingdom.

Things to consider before applying

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How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)