Take a journey into the wild. Over the course of a single semester, you'll observe and study animals on two different continents. First, you'll travel to New Mexico where you'll track mountain lions, observe elk and bison, and study complicated water and land use issues. From there, you'll travel to South Africa to observe the planet's last great mammal communities. Seeing endangered black rhinos,leopards, lions, elephants, and giraffes in the wild will make memories that last a lifetime.
When you're not in the field, you'll study ecology, conservation issues, field zoology, and natural resource management. You'll take weekend field trips, and listen to guest speakers. Local and federal wildlife officials, field biologists, museum curators, and environmental activists will share their expertise with the class.
Ready to apply? Complete the application through the Office of Study Away and International Education.
Explore New Mexico and South Africa
We'll spend most of our time at Ladder Ranch, a 155,000-acre working bison ranch in New Mexico. This trip focuses on field research, so we'll be hiking, camping, and conducting research in nearby parks and wildlife areas. Along the way, you'll see mountain lions, bears, bats, bobcats, mule deer, pronghorn, elk, foxes, javelina, and bison.
In South Africa, we'll visit national parks and reserves like Kruger National Park and Fish River Reserve. You won't have to look far to spot elephants, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, rhinoceroses, and warthogs.
You'll be getting a true field biology experience on this trip. In New Mexico, we'll live in a dormitory-style building in the historic ghost town of Hermosa, N.M. Most of our weekends will be spent camping. We won't have cell phone service, but we'll make weekly trips to town for groceries and a chance to make calls. You and your classmates will be responsible for cooking and cleaning.
In South Africa, we'll spend most our time in a colonial era farmhouse at our field station, but we'll also camp, and stay in national park accommodations. We'll eat with our South African colleagues and graduate students or in national park restaurants. Embrace the spirit of adventure at meal times. You might find kudo, warthog, or wildebeest on your plate.
Like all semester-long study away programs at Furman, our program is available for the same cost as a semester of on-campus study. The program fee includes airfare and all course-related travel. We provide tents for camping, but you'll be responsible for the rest of your gear including sleeping bags, hiking boots, and backpacks.
Furman scholarships and financial aid can be applied towards the costs of the program. Furman provides some additional grants and interest-free loans to students who are enrolling in study away programs. Visit Furman's Office of Financial Aid.
Have more questions about the program? Contact Dr. Travis Perry for more information.