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Namibia


STUDY ZOOLOGY IN NAMIBIA!

SPRING BREAK 2018


 

 

Program Overview

​Students participating in this program will attend lecture and lab classes taught by Dr. Harvey and Dr. Serrano at Broward College's Central Campus and then travel with both professors to Namibia. The international component of this course will last 16 days and overlaps Spring Break at Broward College. In addition, students have the option to visit the Everglades National Park. 

While in Namibia, the professors will demonstrate field research methods, explore and observe the flora and fauna of the Afro tropics bioregion while visiting national parks and natural reserves. Students will visit coastal habitats, desert, savannah, grasslands and other distinct ecosystems within the 2 week period.

Lodging: Lodging will consist of a combination of campsites, lodges and hostels such as the  Okonjima Plains Camp, Namutoni Campsite and Amanpuri Travelers Lodge




Coursework

​Students may enroll in one (1) or all courses offered for a total of  1-10 credits*:

  • ZOO 2010/L Zoology with lab (4 credits)** 

  • BSC 4911 Senior research (1-3 credits)

  • PCB 4341c Advanced Field Techniques (3 credits)

*Students should be mindful of the minimum credit hours needed in order to be considered a full/part time student. 

**This course satisfies general education/science lab requirements,  Students are welcomed to register in any or all courses, but must register for the 1 credit lab with the 3 credit Zoology course. Program is open to both non-science and science majors alike

Eligibility

​This program is open to students of all programs of study, both sicence and non-science.  In order to participate, students must be at least 18 years of age with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher.​​

Please note that Broward College degree-seeking students will be given priority for application and admission into this program.

Costs & Fees

Program Fee: $4,000

Payment Deadlines:

Application & Deposit ($1,500.00) Due : November 15th, 2017 (Extended!)

Passport & Physician’s Statement Due: December 1st, 2017

Payment 1- $1,000.00 Due: December 1st, 2017

Payment 2 - $1,000.00 Due: January 1st, 2018

Final Payment - $500.00 Due: January 15th, 2018 


*Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.*

COSTS INCLUDED: Airfare, double or triple accommodations, meals (except for two dinners) scheduled group activities, International Health Insurance, ground transportation, tipping  

COSTS NOT INCLUDED: BC Tuition & fees, books & supplies, passport, visa (if required), immunizations (If required), additional baggage fees, personal expenses, 


BC degree-seeking students who are looking to defray the program cost should check out the Faculty-Led Travel Grants and the study abroad funding page regarding grants and scholarship opportunities which may be available to them!

Dates & Deadlines

​Travel Dates: February 24 - March 11, 2018

Deadlines:
Application & Deposit ($1,500.00) Due : November 15th, 2017
Passport & Physician’s Statement Due: December 1st, 2017
Payment 1- $1,000.00 Due: December 1st, 2017
Payment 2 - $1,000.00 Due: January 1st, 2018
Final Payment - $500.00 Due: January 15th, 2018 

Application & Acceptance Materials

In order to apply, students must contact faculty leader Dr. David Serrano via email and participate in short interview prior to submitting any application paperwork.  Once approved to move ahead with the application, the student will submit the following to the faculty leader:

As part of the application and acceptance process, students must read the student handbook.

Passport & Visa Information

​A passport is an official government document which validates a traveler’s identity and country of citizenship.  Students, regardless of nationality, who are interested in studying abroad MUST have a passport valid for at least 6 months after their return date in order to do so.  For U.S. citizens, information on applying for a passport is available on the U.S. Department of State website.


A visa, different from a passport, is a government document placed in the individual's passport which authorizes them to request entry into the host country for a limited duration of time for business, pleasure, study, or other. 

U.S Citizens are not required to obtain a visa and will be allowed to enter into Namibia and get Visitor´s Entry Permit (VEP) endorsement stamps at the Port of entry. However, non-U.S. citizens should contact the Study Abroad Office for more information


F-1 international students attending Broward College who are interested in participating in a study abroad program should first speak with a Designated School Official (DSO) through the International Admissions Office to discuss their immigration status and any special circumstances they may need to consider prior to applying for the program.

Faculty Leaders

​For more information regarding the program, please contact the following faculty leaders:


Dr. David Serrano
Biological/Environmental Sciences
Central Campus
#954-201-6404
dserrano@broward.edu


Dr. Michael Harvey
Biological Sciences
Central Campus
#954-201-6831
mharvey@broward.edu

Health & Travel Considerations

Health Considerations

Vaccinations: ​There are no required vaccinations required to travel to Namibia unless recommended by the student’s physician or specific health conditions of a participant. For country-specific health and immunization information visit the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official Website.

Anti-Malaria pills are suggested while traveling through Etosha National Park. Other vaccinations may be discussed with the faculty or with your health care professional.

Other Health Considerations:

Disease carrying insects (such as mosquitoes, ticks and fleas) are present in Namibia; students should prepare accordingly to prevent bug bites by brining protective clothing and appropriate insect repellent. Tap water in most cities in Namibia is not potable; travelers should drink sealed-bottle water and only consume ice and foods prepared/washed with potable water. For more health and safety information including more tips, a suggested packing list and the latest travel notifications, please visit the US's CDC Website.

Physical Activity: Moderate to intense walking will be required. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.

Possible extreme weather conditions: The program will take place during midsummer. It tends to be hot and humid with maximum temperatures around 86-95°F with peaks of over 104°F in the desert. There may be torrential downpours in the afternoon.
Prepare to pack sun-protective clothing such as hats, sunglasses, long-sleeve breathable shirts and lots of sunscreen. Students should take one sturdy pair of trekking shoes/boots.

Safety and Travel Considerations

U.S.- Namibia relations: Relations between the United States and Namibia are friendly. The bilateral relationship is characterized by a shared commitment to democratic principles, including the rule of law and respect for human rights, and has been strengthened through programs to alleviate poverty and promote greater trade ties.

Country-specific Safety and Travel Information: The Department of State’s Consular Information Sheets are available for every country of the world. They describe unusual entry, currency regulations, or unusual health conditions, the crime and security situation, political disturbances, areas of instability, special information about driving and road conditions, and drug penalties. In general, the sheets do not give advice. Instead, they describe conditions so travelers can make informed decisions about their trips. Please review Namibia's Consular Information Sheet for country-specific information.

For more information about health, safety, emergency preparation and travel considerations please review the Faculty-led Study Abroad Student Handbook.

Student Handbook

​The Faculty-Led Program Student Handbook provides the student information covering a wide variety of topics which pertain to the policies and procedures regarding study abroad.  Students should check back frequently for any updates or changes to the handbook.

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