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  • Locations: Hamakuya, South Africa; Hoedspruit, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


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This unique Global Sustainability Study Abroad class will immerse students in the social/cultural, environmental, and economic challenges facing South Africa with its legacies of colonialism and Apartheid, and with the 1996 ratification of one of the world’s most progressive constitutions. We will focus on the social/cultural, environmental, and economic conflicts and opportunities in and around Kruger National Park, associated with the government’s Wildlife Economy policies, from both sustainability and conservation biology perspectives.

Quick Facts

  • June 4-18, 2020, students will likely need to leave the United States on June 3rd to arrive on June 4. 
  • Participants might be eligible for the Walton Scholarship
  • Visits to UNESCO Kruger National Park, Ha-Makuya, Canyons Biosphere Region, Tshulu Trust, Nsasani Trust and other NGO’s and conservation groups
  • Overnight homestays in Ha-Makuya villages
  • Enjoy an authentic bush barbecue surrounded by hippos and crocodile
  • Field seminars and discussions of flora, fauna, soil types, geomorphology, and social history as well as guided commentaries on savanna ecology while moving through regions in open game drive vehicles
  • Practical hands on training sessions, such as the use of water quality testing equipment
  • Earn 3 SOS or BIO credits; both undergraduate and graduate credits are available
  • Earn 1 credit for the mandatory pre-departure course

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



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Location Details


Almost eight million people call the “Joburg” metropolitan area home, and the diversity that abounds there is a testament to the history this city has witnessed. It is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa's constitution. Joburg recently hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is where the Springboks beat the All Blacks to take the Rugby World Cup in 1995 – a defining moment in post-Apartheid South Africa.

OLIFANTS RESEARCH CAMP in Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and will allow students to get in touch with nature in a unique way. Students will spend two nights at the Olifants tourist camp where they will get to experience an authentic bush barbecue in the middle of nowhere next to a starlit river with hippos and crocodiles.


In 2011, a partnership of South African National Parks (SANParks), OTS, and a local non-profit, the Nsasani Trust, established the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative (SSLI) to support visiting students and researchers, run field-based development programs for SA students, and offer training for local communities surrounding KNP. The SSLI was provided access to a plot of land on the outskirts of the Skukuza, the biggest tourist camp in the Kruger National Park and the main administrative center. After four years of facilities design and development, the SSLI Campus was officially opened in September 2017

TSHULU TRUST CAMP in Ha-Makuya (Venda Region)

The camp is located on a bluff overlooking the Mutale River and surrounded by lebombo ironwood groves, baobabs, and mopane woodland. The Tshulu Trust Camp is off-grid. All the lighting is solar, and cooking and water-heating is on a gas system.


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payments and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Sustainability & Biology undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior) students will be eligible if they are in good standing in their program.
  • Recommended undergraduate courses include SOS 110 & SOS 326, or BIO 320 or BIO 322.
  • Sustainability & Biology graduate students will be eligible if they are in good standing in their program or have been admitted into the graduate SOS program.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for graduates
Students that do not meet the listed qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, if space is available.


Students will enroll in the following course for a total of 3 credits: 
  • SOS/BIO 494/598: Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa
In addition, all students must register for a mandatory 1-credit pre-departure course in the Spring 2019 B Session:
  • SOS/BIO 494/598: Preparation for Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa
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Faculty Directors

Dr. Daniel L Childers 
Professor, School of Sustainability
Office: WGHL 342
Phone:  480.965.2320

Dr. Scott Collins
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Phone: 505.239.5987

Dax Mackay 
Research Specialist, ASU Wrigley Institute
Phone: 480-727-6374


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Program Housing

Students will be housed in shared rooms at centrally-located hotels, research facilities, or field camps in each location. Faculty will be housed in the same locations as students.  Students will also stay 2 nights with local villagers in Ha-Makuya, near the Tshulu Trust Camp. Students staying at SSLI will have access to comfortable small dormitory accommodation and full service catering provided by on site caterers, with meals served in the open air dining areas. The base includes a variety of sustainably  built structures, including library and work spaces, computer and internet access, a lecture hall, rooftop seminar spaces, and a plant laboratory.

 In most locations, meals will be included.  For our class discussions we will use conference rooms either in the hotels,or in space provided by our hosting organizations.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.The Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa program includes safari rides and spending time in undeveloped villages in rural Africa. Participants will be required to traverse potentially uneven terrain and navigate small homes in the villages. There will also be a great deal of walking, regular use of public transportation, and getting in and out of shuttle vans. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in South Africa, the law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities, but these laws are rarely enforced. However, many tourist attractions, and restaurants near tourist attractions, are equipped with ramps and other options to facilitate access.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in South Africa, there are many legal protections for LGBTQIA persons; homosexuality and same-sex marriage is legal. However, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals does occur in rural areas and outside major cities, as South Africans are generally conservative in regard to LGBTQIA issues. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in South Africa, gender inequality still persists where some local men may not address women directly but rather speak or direct questions to men travelers only. It can also be difficult to make friends with local women as it is common for them to take a domestic role in the community and have less knowledge of English than the men.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $5,815.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for three credits, program housing, orientation activities, site visits and cultural events, most meals, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare, passport , some meals, independent travel, and personal items.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.