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WE ARE BEGINNING TO PLAN FOR GROUP TRAVEL IN 2018! WE WILL TO VISIT BOTH SOUTH AFRICA AND SWAZILAND EARLY IN SUMMER 2018.

OUR TRAVEL IS PLANNED FOR ABOUT MAY 12-13, 2018 THROUGH ABOUT JUNE 3, 2018.

Our Planned Travel in 2018 will include:


Cultural activities in and around Johannesburg  (Soweto, Apartheit Museum and other museums)

Observation of wild animals in Kruger National Park in South Africa 

Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland, "White Witch" of Swaziland

Kwa-Zulu Natal Province and the beautiful wildlife sanctuaries of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and iSimangaliso in the St. Lucia estuary

Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces: wild animal rehabilitation centers, Panorama Route

 

The 2018 South Africa Study Abroad Program is a Collaboration of the IUP Biology Department and the Office of International Education


Use this LINK for the StudioAbroad web site of the Office of International Education

Information for 2018 South Africa Study Abroad Travelers

Information for Students Enrolled in Summer 2018 BIOL 490

 

Projected Expenses (2017 Estimates)

Since the intinerary for the next trip is not 100% finalized, and because expenses differ from person to person, we do not have the exact final dollar figure for 2017 expenses. However,

this CURRENT COST ESTIMATES LINK contains the current working estimates for our 2017 trip. 

and this second OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES LINK contains the current information on optional, extra-cost activities

FOR 2018 ESTIMATE A 5-10% INCREASE OVER2017 GROUP EXPENSES. THE COST OF AIR FARE IS VOLATILE AND DEPENDS ON WHEN YOU BUY A TICKET.

 

Here is a Link to a Beautiful Presentation About Elephants by Ms. Rebecca Sterley

Please do not reproduce or share her material without permission!

See the IUP Biology Department Facebook page for pictures from the 2017 class trip!

Use this LINK to view pictures from 2015(under construction!)

Use this LINK to view pictures from 2013

Use this LINK to view pictures from 2011

USE THIS LINK TO VIEW PICTURES FROM 2008

Travel to Southern Africa next Summer Session with a group of IUP students and professors. There you will learn first-hand about the history, people, ecology and wildlife of this diverse region through a series of field trips, lectures and guided tours. To find out more about this unique educational experience, go to the following sections of the site.   

Course Descriptions  Planned Activities for Future Classes 2003, 2004, 2005 Photo Gallery
Projected Expenses Health Precautions Contact Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Descriptions:

    The Department of Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania plans to offer instructor-led study abroad courses in Southern Africa during May-June, 2017. Courses will begin right after Commencement and end in early June-one of the best times for game viewing in the Southern Hemisphere's early winter season, but before the major influx of tourists from Europe and America. Biology majors or those students with an interest in biology may enroll in BIOL 490 Field Studies in Biology, an upper-division class that counts as a free elective or as a major elective toward the BA, BS or minor in Biology at IUP. Students who are not Biology majors are eligible to enroll in BIOL 490, with permission of the instructor. With the Director's approval, this course may be applied to the Pan-African Studies minor at IUP as well. Graduate students may enroll in BIOL 590, which is the Masters-level equivalent of BIOL 490. Students who do not wish credit toward the Biology major or minor at IUP may also enroll in the course with the instructor's permission. Students may elect an audit grade option for this course.  Although all the courses have Biology titles and emphasize the plants and animals in various parts of Southern Africa,  they are entirely appropriate for students in other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, political science or history.

    All students who enroll in the course will spend about 3 weeks travelling primarily in the Republic of South Africa, although the class may visit other nations as well such as the Kingdom of Swaziland. Students will interact with many of the people of Southern Africa-individuals of European, Indian or African descent-in a variety of settings from urban, cosmopolitan Cape Town to a working safari lodge in the bush country of KwaZulu-Natal Province. Students will observe the dynamic multicultural society of Southern Africa and gain an appreciation for its history and politics as the region moves through a period of significant transition. There will be multiple opportunities for observation of wildlife in national parks or in other settings, and if we are lucky, we'll see each of Africa's famed Big Five animals. Students can expect an up-close and personal encounter with the amazing diversity of Southern Africa in all its dimensions.

    Non-students are welcome to travel with the group as long as places area available.

    Here are some of the sites and activities planned for the 2015 classes.

   

 

Cape Town Area

  • Cape Peninsula tour and Cape of Good Hope National Park
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Boulders Beach penguin colony
  • Cape Town V&A Waterfront and cultural sites such as Robben Island
  • Photo at right: The 2005 group prepares for the trek up to the Cape Point lighthouse

 

 

  

KwaZulu-Natal Province

  • iSimangaliso Wetlands UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park-game reserve of Zulu kings
  • Cape Vidal reserve-Indian Ocean beachfront
  • Photo at right: Up close with hippos at St. Lucia in 2003.

 

 

 

 

Limpopo Province

  • Visit to reptile center
  • Wild animal rehabilitation center
  • Panorama Route
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Photo at right: Limpopo River 2005-elephants always come to water at dusk.

 

 

Kruger Park Area

  • Morning or evening game drive-escorted by park ranger
  • Daily opportunities for viewing large and small game
  • Park museums at rest camps
  • Mingle with visitors from many countries
  • Guided bush walks available as an "extra"
  • Photo at right: As students observe hippo trails in 2005 the animals call out warnings from the reeds.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Gallery:

    Here are some images from IUP class trips in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

 

 

 

Health Precautions

     Malaria prophylaxis tablets are recommended even though we will be travelling in low-risk. Mefloquine is the preferred medicine.  LARIUM is the brand name available in the U.S.  A physician must prescribe them.  Students should update their tetanus shot.  The CDC recommends  Hepatitis A vaccine. Hospital and dental care are excellent in South Africa.   You should consult your personal physician about health precautions for your travel to South Africa several months prior to the departure date.

 

Contact Information:

    If you are interested in Biology classes in Southern Africa and wish further information, send an email to:                             

                Dr. Carl Luciano

                Department of Biology

                Indiana University of Pennsylvania

                luciano@iup.edu

 

 

Photo Credits:

Tammy Adams, John Eck, Gerrie Fourie, Anna Goldman, Alena Kupchella, Carl Luciano, Steve Luciano, Krista McAuliffe

 

 

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