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  • Locations: Andasibe, Madagascar; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program
AU Faculty Director(s): Ryan Nadel,, Sarah Zohdy, GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates)
Physical Requirements: Extensive outdoor activities, Walking Contact: Emmitt Smith,
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


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A prerequisite to undertake this study abroad program is that students must be enrolled in a 1 credit introductory course during Spring 2018. FOWS 4970 - Introduction to the Role of Forests in Human Livelihood and Health in Africa.


  • 31 July 2018: Travel to South Africa from US
  • 01 August 2018: Start date in South Africa
  • 18 August 2018: Program end date; Return to US


Please review the Estimated Student Budget for 2018.pdf with estimates depending on student group size. Please note that the airfare cost is an estimate, and the price may fluctuate. For more specific questions on the estimated student budget, please contact either Dr. Ryan Nadel or Dr. Sarah Zohdy.

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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 3 credits for this study abroad course.


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.

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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                                   
-Andasibe National Park
- Kruger National Park                                                      -Ranomafana National Park
- St Lucia World Heritage site - boat trip                           -Isalo National Park
-Hluhluwe Imfolozi nature reserve                                     -Baobabs                                                                                                                                                                                        
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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.


For visa information, please contact Dr. Ryan Nadel or Dr. Sarah Zohdy.


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

This program is currently not accepting applications.