Tanzania Field School

A partnership between the UVic Department of Geography and The Kesho Trust

Students pose with members of the Maasai community in Tanzania (Photo by Rachel Stewart-Dziama)

Get the local perspective on issues ranging from conservation to economic development (Photo by Hannah Grant)

Get a glimpse of some of Tanzania's famous wildlife as you travel around the country (Photo by Paula Rasmussen)

Learn about wildlife conservation challenges from various national parks and the College of African Wildlife Management (Photo by Courtenay Miller)

Members of the Maasai community of northern Tanzania (Photo by Phil Dearden)

Travel through some of Tanzania's iconic parks, including Serengeti and Saadani National Parks (Photo by Rachel Stewart-Dziama)

2020 Information Session: Nov 21st @ 4 pm in DTB B215

*Please note: Information on this page has not been updated yet for 2020


When and Where

2019 Field School: August 2nd - 27th

Places visited: Dar es Salaam, Moshi, Arusha, Saadani National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, rural field camps (Tanzania)

How to Apply

Apply in: Spring term

Applications are now closed for 2019. Stay tuned for future offerings!

Contact geoginfo@uvic.ca if you have any questions.

Program Overview

For a full program description (including tentative itinerary), see the Information Sheet.

Tanzania provides an internationally recognized array of natural resources and conservation areas and initiatives within a rapidly expanding population and challenging development context. The Tanzania Field School provides an exceptional experiential education opportunity for UVic students. The travel-study program focuses on conservation and development in predominantly rural environments and engaging with local people.

The exciting itinerary includes experience in some of the most iconic natural environments in the world (the Serengeti and Ngorongoro) and with one of the most globally recognized cultures (the Maasai).  From major tourism attractions to some very out of the way places, this program will challenge your perceptions and thinking about conservation, development and Africa.


  • The field school is open to UVic students who have completed two years of undergraduate study in Geography and/or Environmental Studies (students undertaking the Minor in Global Development Studies will also be considered on a case by case basis as will students with other exceptional experiences in their background) - to be considered for special permission, contact the field school instructor, Phil Dearden (pdearden@uvic.ca).
  • Priority will be given to students with interest in the subject matter – conservation and sustainable community development.

If you have any further questions, please email Phil Dearden (pdearden@uvic.ca) or Bruce Downie (bkdownie@uvic.ca).


This field program consists of three courses - applications for individual courses will not be accepted.

Each course is worth 1.5 credits, for a total of 4.5 credits. Successful applicants will be registered in the course through special registration by the Department of Geography (students will not register themselves).

1. Geog 347B Geographies of Development

2. Geog 388 Regional Studies: Africa

3. Geog 391Topics in Geography: Conservation in a Crowded World

Field School Fees

For field schools, students pay regular UVic tuition plus field school fees.

Field school fees can be paid by cheque, money order, counter cheque, or cash ONLY. Cheques should be made payable to the University of Victoria. Payment can be dropped off at the Geography main office (David Turpin Building, room B203) or mailed (cheques only).

Field school fees*:

  • $500 deposit paid at time of application 
  • $2500 paid by June 1st, 2019

*All field school fees are subject to change between offerings.

Field school fees include:

  • Accommodation for August 3rd - August 26th, 2019 (itinerary subject to change)
  • All breakfasts
  • Most meals
  • Activity costs (entry admissions, guide and workshop fees, presenters’ fees, some meals)
  • Ground transportation
  • Local transit
  • Emergency contingency fund

Field school fees do not include:

  • Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Some meals
  • Travel insurance (check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered)
  • Other expenses such as entertainment or any personal gear (e.g. hiking shoes) required for the course

Financial Support

We strongly encourage students to apply for the Social Sciences Field Course Support Fund if they have financial need. These funds are distributed according to demonstrated financial need and the fit of the field course(s) to your career development. These funds can help pay for the field course fees (but not tuition). Email  for more details.

You may find other funding opportunities through UVic International.

*PLEASE NOTE*: Students applying for field school funding support must do so within ONE WEEK of being accepted.