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SIT: Madagascar, Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
English, French
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
2.5 Housing: Camping, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Fields of Instruction: African Studies, Biology, Cultural Studies, Earth sciences, Environmental Sciences, French Studies, Geography, Independent Study, Marine Sciences, Plant Sciences/Botany, Tropical Ecology, Wildlife Management
 Class Rank:
junior, senior, sophomore
Study Abroad Advisor : Dr. Kristen Grace
Program Description:

Study ecology in an island nation that has been isolated from other landmasses for more than one hundred million years. Madagascar's unique evolutionary path has produced an immeasurable contribution to the world's biodiversity--more than 80 percent of the flora and fauna are endemic. Classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods encourage students to analyze environmental issues in an array of ecosystems, including rainforests, dry spiny forests, alpine and transitional forests, savanna, gallery and littoral forests, mangroves, and coral reefs.

Studies in French and Malagasy, combined with a homestay, a village stay, and numerous excursions to national parks, offer students a balanced social- and natural-science view and perspective on long-term conservation and the development needs of local populations.

Endemic Species
Madagascar is a world apart, like no other place, evolving from a set of unique, isolated environmental circumstances. It is an incredibly rich country in terms of flora and fauna. As some may know, over 80% of the plants and animals in Madagascar are endemic.

Fort Dauphin, Program Base
The Ecology and Conservation program base is Fort Dauphin, and the setting is idyllic. Situated on a peninsula at the southern end of a chain of rainforested mountains, Fort Dauphin is a town of about 50,000 people. Fort Dauphin is surrounded on three sides by the Indian Ocean and is home to some of the country's cleanest and most beautiful beaches.

Five very distinct ecosystems exist within a fifty-mile radius of Fort Dauphin, making it a great base from which to take a variety of educational excursions. The multiple splendors of the region vary in stark contrast.

Use French, Learn Malagasy, and Learn about the Environment
This program provides the perfect combination of academics for some students. Students use their French, while learning about the environmental and conservation issues for which they are passionate. At the same time, they learn a new language and connect more deeply with the Malagasy people.

Examine Long-Term Conservation and Development Needs
Students are not only exposed to spectacular natural settings; they also explore the human pressures placed on these ecosystems and possibilities for the future. Students grapple with questions of conservation versus development for all of its complexity and challenges.  Often this exercise raises more questions than solutions, further compelling students to study, learn, and contribute to the discussion.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.