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Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Opportunity Description

Study in a world apart, an island nation evolving from a set of unique, isolated environmental circumstances.

What is unique about this Program?

  • Study Environmental challenges and conservation and development strategies in Madagascar.
  • Pursue ethnobotany, marine studies, lemur ecology and more.
  • Examine the human pressures — including mining and economic development, deforestation and land use, and ecotourism — placed on the country’s ecosystems.
  • Enhance your French while learning Malagasy.
  • Study and work with Malagasy students.

Why study Biodiversity in Madagascar?

Experience the natural wonders of Madagascar’s rainforests, dry forests, mangroves, and coral reefs while you explore environmental challenges, conservation, and development in a biodiversity “hot spot.”  It is estimated that 90% of Madagascar's wildlife, including its famous lemurs, are not found anywhere else in the world. Madagascar has been isolated from neighboring land masses since the time of the Gondwana supercontinent, more than 100 million years ago.

Live near mountains, rainforests, and beaches. Visit sites that reveal Madagascar’s contemporary ecology and conservation challenges including national parks and community-managed reserves at Marojejy, Ambodirafia (Cap Est), Daraina, Ankarana, Amber Mountain, and Makirovana.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

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.)