Study Abroad Tanzania

The Department of Geography at the University of North Alabama invites you to an exciting and unforgettable educational opportunity in Tanzania. This two-week field course will involve travel to Tanzania, in the inter term period in May 2014 to learn about and experience the physical environment and indigenous cultures of Tanzania. The program is open to ALL UNA students, students from other universities, teachers and community members.  This is a 3 and 6-credit hour graduate and undergraduate Geography program – and will be offered as:

  1. GE350–Geography of Africa (with a focus on Tanzania) by Dr. Francis Koti and
  2. GE497– East African Landforms and Landscapes by Dr. Greg Gaston

Course Credit

This field course offered both as a 3 and 6 credit hour course as: GE350: Geography of Africa with a focus on Tanzania and GE 497 – East African landforms and Landscapes. A total of 6 hours of undergraduate and or graduate credit may be earned from this program.


This course is limited to 15 registered participants. However, a minimum of 10 registrations per course is required or the course may be cancelled.

Tentative Cost of the Program

The cost of the program is approximately $3680.00 for all students. In 2012, this included:

  1. Air fare return ticket to Tanzania (based on KLM)
  2. In-country transportation
  3. Accommodation and 2 meals per day
  4. Cover cost to enter different places of interest
  5. Visa fee to Tanzania
  6. Guest speakers, lectures and venue fee
  7. Emergency health fund
  8. Application fee
  9. Other miscellaneous expenses

Costs not included in the budget are:

UNA 3-credit hour undergraduate (in state or out of state) tuition or graduate tuition.

US Passport application – those without a passport must possess one by February.

One meal (most likely lunch) every day – please carry money for lunch and snacks.

Pocket money – it is recommended that students bring along some money for shopping and other personal effects.

Laundry expenses –While laundry facilities will be available, this will be at a minimal fee.

Payment Schedule:

The will be paid in 4 installments.

Course Description and Structure

Two courses will be offered in this program: GE350 – Geography of Africa with a focus on Tanzania, offered by Dr. Francis Koti and GE497 – East African Landforms and Landscapes offered by Dr. Greg Gaston. The courses will mainly focus on (but will not be limited to) three broad themes: the human and physical environment of Tanzania’s; the socio-spatial dynamics of a modern African city, and; the historical geography of the East African coast. The program will involve a two-week stay in Tanzania during which participants will travel extensively in Tanzania, attend lectures on selected topics on Tanzania delivered by Tanzanian experts, participate in field excursions in and around the City of Dar es Salaam, travel along the East African Rift Valley, and the East African Coast. During these field trips, learning will take place in the context of personal experiences, reading assigned material, field observations, listening and note taking, and taking photos and making sketches. More detailed information regarding each course will be provided to program participants.

Course Evaluation:

Students will be required to: 1) take detailed notes during the informal lectures and guided tours to different places of interest; 2) keep a written diary of their experiences, activities and observations on a daily basis; and 3) make sketches and keep a photo diary of important features and aspects of the workshop. Upon return, the field materials: notes, photos, activities, will be compiled and presented to the instructors. Depending on the level of course (undergraduate or graduate), the program materials will be presented in any of or all 6 parts listed below:

  1. Field book/notes: This will include your hand written daily notes and observations, hand-drawn sketches, charts, diagrams, photos and so on.
  2. Field report: This report will comprise responses to questions provided to you prior to the trip based on several selected themes and topics. You will answer the questions during the field trip, but a more detailed, well thought, typed report is expected upon return. This must include well illustrated photos, maps, charts, tables, etc that you personally obtained during the trip.
  3. Concept photo essay: You will be provided with a minimum of ten geographic concepts (per course) prior to the trip. You are to take or identify one photo from all your photos that best captures that concept in its entirety. The central operating question will be: If you were to get only one opportunity to identify or take JUST one photo that best represents any one of these concepts, (rural poverty; social distress, new economic opportunities - concept), what would it be? This forces you to stop and think about the concepts and the best way to represent them to a larger audience.
  4. Pre and post test: This is a 20-item multiple choice test that will be administered before the trip, and immediately after we return. It will comprise short straight forward conceptual questions featuring the main aspects of the courses.
  5. Reflective Essay: Each participant will write a short reflective essay about their trip experience.
  6. Participation: This is a field course, so you are expected to actively participate in various ways. You will lose all your participation points by: not sharing your own personal observations, not asking questions, not contributing to conversations, listening to your music during field-trips, any other behavior which we feel does not fit our standard for the basic level of curiosity and enthusiasm that goes with field courses.

From the above-mentioned criteria, a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) will be awarded based on UNA’s standard grading scheme. A detailed syllabus, course structure, requirements and the specific grading scheme for the undergraduate and graduate credit will be provided prior to the program. Program participants may also be called upon (optional) to make presentations of their experiences during UNAs International Education Week, Global Culture Week and or the Phi Beta Delta (International Honor Society on campus) events.