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  • Locations: Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Direct Enrollment/Study Abroad Minimum Language Requirement: 3 semesters of language or equivalent
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Home-stay Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Biology, Culture, Gender, and Global Studies, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental, Environmental Studies, French
Prerequisite(s): See SIT College: College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Madagascar: Biodiversity & Natural Resource Management

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Explore rainforests, mangroves, coral reefs, and the environmental challenges of Madagascar, isolated from neighboring land masses for more than 100 million years.

WHY STUDY BIODIVERSITY IN MADAGASCAR?

A biodiverse island evolving from a set of unique environmental circumstances, Madagascar is one of the world’s globally recognized “megadiverse” countries, with flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. Explore environmental challenges, conservation, and development across an array of ecosystems including tropical rainforests, mangroves, and dry deciduous forests in multiple economic and cultural contexts. Discover a world apart, where the vast majority of wildlife is endemic only to the island, and witness the human side of natural resource management. Study alongside Malagasy university students, employing social and natural science field techniques in coral reef systems, national parks, and farming and fishing villages. Stay with local families, learn the Malagasy language, and enhance your French as you become immersed in francophone Africa. Visit the Millot cocoa plantation, recognized worldwide as one of the best cocoa producers in the world; see the unforgettable tsingy formations of Ankarana Special Reserve, known for its caves, underground rivers and Jurassic limestone; and the beautiful rainforest of Amber Mountain National Park.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the luxuriant vegetation, fauna, and volcanic lakes of the Itasy region and Amber Mountain.
  • Observe the island’s rare and charismatic baobab, herpetofauna, and lemur species.
  • Trek the rainforest of Andasibe, and the ylang ylang and cocoa plantation in Nosy be and Ambanja.
  • Build your résumé and skills with an internship and Independent Study Project.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • Marine and coastal ecosystems, conservation, and resource management
  • Malagasy biodiversity, evolutionary history, and extinction
  • Diversity of forest ecosystem types and land use dynamics
  • Environmental and social impacts of mining, cash crops, and tourism
  • Addressing issues pitting conservation against economic development
  • Ethnobotany and the interactions between culture and the environment

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
 

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD

 
 


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Study in Madagascar for a Semester!

Institution

SIT Study Abroad offers small (10-35 participants) semester and summer programs for undergraduate students in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. Students step beyond the boundaries of a traditional classroom to analyze the critical issues shaping local communities around the globe. On the Madagascar program students will experience the natural wonders of Madagascar’s rainforests, spiny thickets, savannah, mangroves and coral reefs while you explore environmental challenges, conservation, and development in a biodiversity “hot spot” that has been isolated from neighboring land masses for more than 100 million years.. 

Location

In addition to spending time in the program's home base students will have the opportunity to explore other areas of Madagascar through program related excursions.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late August to Early December
  • Spring Semester: Late January to Early May
For more information about the Academic Calendar and program details please visit the SIT Madagascar web page.

Housing

The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family.  

Other accommodations during the program may include campsites and small hotels.

Financial

Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester
1SIT Tuition See SIT
SIT Housing & Meals See SIT
SIT Deposit $400
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
1Tuition, fees, meals and housing are charged at the SIT rate.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.


Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester
Airfare $1400 - $2200 
1Personal Expenses $400 - $600
Books and Materials $40
Local Transportation $100 - $200
Visa (for US Citizens) $60
Passport $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $900 - $1500
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

 

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.

Scholarships

SIT Pell Grant Match
SIT offers matching funding to Pell Grant recipients.  To qualify for the Match program students must submit a scholarship application through SIT.

SIT Need-Based Scholarships
SIT Study Abroad only awards need-based scholarships and grants. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.

Academics

SIT offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning in a small group environment.  Classes are conducted mainly in academic French, with university professors and experts in relevant fields teaching the Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management seminar. The Environmental Research Methods and Ethics seminar, conducted mainly in English, focuses on research techniques and cross-cultural adjustment skills and is intended to prepare students for the Independent Study Project. Readings and classroom sessions for the Research Methods and Ethics course are supplemented by a short field research project undertaken in a rural village. The program’s French language course builds students’ capacity through a focus on conversational French and aims to enhance their use of French in the context of the natural sciences. Coursework in Malagasy provides students with the foundational and essential tools required for daily use.

In the final month of the program, you will conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) or Internship. This will provide you with an opportunity to pursue original research on a situation or topic of particular interest to you.

For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the SIT Madagascar web page.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the SIT India program will be required to enroll in 16 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a SIT program should complete the SIT application while also completing the Appalachian application.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
 
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2023 02/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2024 09/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.