1. When is the deadline for application?
The deadline for early application to the Study in Africa Program is September 1st. However, we will continue to accept applications up until December 15th as long as there is space available. We recommend students apply as soon as they can as applicants are selected on a “first come, first serve” basis. Early applicants also have priority for registering in courses.
2. Do I have to apply to the host university, or can I just apply to the Study in Africa program?
The Study in Africa Program is now being hosted by Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Registration for courses will occur when the group arrives in East Africa. There is no need for students to apply seperately to Makerere University.
3. How many people apply? How many are accepted?
The majority of applicants are accepted. Applicants must show reasonable, consistent academic performance and their character references must indicate that they are able and willing to work within groups. The size of the group varies with each year, but typically the student population ranges from 40 to 60.
4. Are courses on the trip worth university credit?
The credits earned while on the field school are transferable to most North American post-secondary institutions. However, we recommend students check with their home institutions to make sure. Most students will require a letter of permission from their department.
5. Is the $1000 deposit refundable?
Yes, the $1000 deposit is fully refundable for any reason up until November. After we purchase airline tickets for students around this time, the deposit is non-refundable.
6. How many courses should I take while on the field school?
Students may take anywhere from three to five courses. Students should try balancing their academic load so they have more time to appreciate the African experience. Please refer to the course schedule to select your courses.
7. Are there Study in Africa field schools during the summer or fall semesters?
No. The field school runs only during the spring semester, from January to March. We plan to run it every year, but any one offering may be canceled because of safety or logistical reasons.
8. How much does the program cost?
The tentative cost of the 2008 program is $11,900 CDN. This cost cannot be paid for by credit card. We strongly recommend that all cheques and applications be sent by courier or express post.
9. What does the cost include?
The cost of the program includes:
- ground transportation
- SCUBA lessons and equipment
- park fees
- game drives, archaeological site visits, visits to local villages
- African lecturers
- gratuities for Africa staff
The cost of the program does not include:
- anti malarial drugs
- airport fees and taxes
- Kenyan visa
- spending money
- personal snorkeling gear
- host university application fees
10. What financial aid is available?
Unfortunately there is no financial aid available from the program for our students. Many students receive bursaries from their home institutions or scholarships from community organizations.
11. Can I use my credit card while in Africa?
Visa and Mastercard are widely used in large stores and hotels but less so for American Express. Most small stores will require cash for purchases. Participants should be cautious when using their card, as credit card fraud is not uncommon in Africa. Cash advances can be obtained on Visa or Mastercard from banks. Sometimes Interact cash machines will work for out of country cards.
12. Do I need to fly out of Vancouver?
No. We usually leave from 3 to 6 Canadian gateway cities and the group meets in a European airport before traveling onward to Africa. You can most likely depart from the nearest major city, but feel free to contact us if you feel that you have a special case.
13. Is there any way of contacting home while I’m on the trip?
While in Africa, participants can communicate with their friends and family by mail, telephone and e-mail.
- – The Kenyan postal system can be used, although it is not always efficient or reliable. The field school also has a mailing address in Nairobi where students can receive mail.
- – Telephone calls can be made from most cities in East Africa, but they are very expensive. Collect calls cannot be made and most calling cards will not be accepted.
- – The field school has an e-mail address in Kenya with which student’s personal message can be sent and received. However, keep in mind that the phone lines in Kenya are notoriously unreliable and therefore email communication will not be as reliable as we are all used to. We try to upload and download at least once a week, but it could be up to two weeks between viable connections.
– We will attempt to update the website weekly so that family and friends can follow the safari’s progress.
14. Is there anyone I can contact regarding the status of my application?
Yes, please contact us directly for updates on the status of your application.
15. How do I get transcripts sent to my home institution after I’m finished the program?
Students must apply in writing to the Registrar’s Office for official transcripts. There is a small fee for this service.