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  • Locations: Windhoek, Namibia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is full, or the deadline has passed.
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Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Environmental Studies & Sciences Language of Instruction: English
Type of Program: Academic Study Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
Environmental Field Study in Namibia

Location and Dates: Namibia;
Section I: May 13th - June 3rd, 2022 
Section II: July 23- August 13th, 2022

Students will be placed into only one of these sections. When you apply, you will be asked which section you can commit to, or if you can commit to either one. If you're available for both sections, we may place you in either section. We will attempt to take preferences into account, though student flexibility will be critically important. This will help us to fill both sections so we can accommodate as many students as possible. *As with any Rhodes Maymester, minimum enrollment numbers must be met in order to offer the program. In this case, lack of enrollment may result in only one section being offered.*

Course Credit: 4 credits of biology, Foundations credit for F11, and ENVS experiential learning requirement

Prerequisites: BIOL 130/131  AND BIOL 140/141  OR two introductory environmental science courses (BIOL, CHEM, ENVS) OR permission from the instructor.

Eligibility Requirements: A minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic and social standing.

Program Cost: $4650; The cost includes housing, transportation within Namibia, and some meals (excluding the days in Swakopmund).

Program Description: An in-country exploration of the major environmental issues of Namibia, one of the world's most arid and most beautiful countries. Students will spend three weeks in the region, visiting different ecosystems, such as the Namib Desert, dry thornveld savannas, and the Kalahari sands. They will meet with indigenous people, NGOs, and governmental officers involved in local environmental issues. Elephant and cheetah tracking can be part of the educational experience during this field study trip. This course emphasizes critical thinking and interdisciplinary learning and is meant to challenge students' world-view to enable them to increase their awareness and knowledge of our global society. 

Lodging:  We will stay in hotels, lodges, and B&Bs, but mostly in campsites. Dining will include cafeterias, student cooking, self-catering, and a few restaurants (in Swakopmund). Transportation is arranged and provided by Jon Leach, our long-time guide.

Contact: All interested students should contact Professor Michael Collins( 

Need-Based Scholarship Available:
  • All students on Summer Programs will be considered for a need-based scholarship if they have completed a FAFSA and have at least a 2.75 GPA.
  • Not all students will receive an award. Need based award amounts vary, based on each student's individual FAFSA information. Some awards may cover up to 100% of the program cost, though that is rare.
  • Students choosing to withdraw their Off-Campus Study Application for a Rhodes Summer Program* must do so by February 14. Following February 14, Rhodes′ "Program Fees and Billing" Policy, and Rhodes′ "Cancellation and Refund" Policy will apply. Follow this link to review our Policies.

This program is full, or the deadline has passed.