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  • Locations: Andasibe, Madagascar; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Ryan Nadel,, Sarah Zohdy, Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 3.0
Applicant Requirement: Only AU students may apply Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Physical/Environmental Considerations: Extensive outdoor activities, Walking
Program Description:

AU Forestry and Wildlife - The Role of Forests
in Human Livelihood and Health in Africa


This study abroad course will allow you to learn about cultures and perspectives in a way that is not possible on campus. The challenges of ensuring environmental/ecosystem health, public health, animal health, and economic development are very complex. Dealing with these challenges requires active engagement of many disciplines and a holistic approach to address issues. 

Students will travel overseas visiting the countries of South Africa and Madagascar to learn about the importance of trees (native and non-native) for rural community livelihood and human health. Students will be exposed to indigenous forests, savanna woodlands and non-native trees grown in commercial forestry plantations. This course focuses on an approach to ensure the well-being of people, animals, and the environment through collaborative, multi-disciplinary problem solving.

The major components of the course are as follows:

  1. Commercial forestry plantations
  2. Non-industrial forests and natural savanna woodlands
  3. Current and emerging issues faced by diverse communities
  4. Culture of South Africa and Madagascar


A prerequisite to undertake this study abroad program is that students must be enrolled in a 1 credit introductory course during Spring 2020: FOWS 4970 - Introduction to the Role of Forests in Human Livelihood and Health in Africa.


  • 30 March 2020: Application deadline
  • July 2020: Travel to South Africa from US
  • August 2020: Program end date; Return to US


Please review the program budges with estimates depending on student group size. Note that the the price may fluctuate depending on the final airfare amount. The program fee includes course credit, all airfare and on-site travel logistics, housing accommodations throughout the program, most meals, cultural activities, program orientation, cancellation insurance, and the Auburn University International Insurance (through United Healthcare Global).

For specific questions regarding the estimated student budget, please contact either Dr. Ryan Nadel or Dr. Sarah Zohdy.
Payment and Withdrawal Deadlines:
  • 16 April 2020: Payment installment 1 billed to eBill.
  • 8 May 2020: Payment installment 1 due. There will be no refund after this date.
  • 14 May 2020: Payment installment 2 billed to eBill.
  • 5 June 2020: Payment installment 2 due. There will be no refund after this date.  
Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.

Students will receive credit as FOWS 3810 (4 credits) for this study abroad course during fall 2019.


Students will be housed in lodges and hotels at the various destinations of the program. For more specific housing information, please contact Dr. Ryan Nadel or Dr. Sarah Zohdy.


All students are expected to attend and participate in all aspects of the course. This course involves following tight daily schedules (that may include early morning and evening activities). Excursions include:

South Africa Madagascar
  • Panorama route in Mpumalanga
  • Kruger National Park
  • St. Lucia World Heritage Site
  • Hluhluwe Imfolozi Nature Reserve
  • Andasibe National Park
  • Ranomafana National Park
  • Isalo National Park
  • Baobabs



If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • Students will be provided with visa information during pre-departure preparation.


  • Contact Dr. Ryan Nadel ( or Dr. Sarah Zohdy ( for more information.

This program is currently not accepting applications.