Namibia: African History, Cultures and the Environment
*Please note: The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2022. Details below are subject to change.
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA - The country of Namibia boasts a well maintained infrastructure serving a large tourism industry catering to predominantly European and German markets. But what makes Namibia attractive is its wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems, ranging from woodlands and African savanna to true deserts with the world’s tallest sand dunes. Across this diverse region, numerous ethnic groups have maintained many of their traditions and many continue to live as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago such as the Himba and the San people.
In Namibia, students can experience a sense of solitude and serenity under the vast, open expanses of its stunning landscapes where the “deafening” silence is all encompassing. This unique program gives students an insight into the fascinating diversity of Africa’s ecosystems and wildlife, cultures and complex history. Students will spend 3 weeks at the University of Namibia (UNAM) in Windhoek, after which they will go on to enjoy 2 weeks of adventure, traveling and camping across diverse ecosystems; visiting conservation sites, historic sites and wildlife conservation projects. The final week of the program will be spent at the UNAM campus.
-Tour of historic sites in the city of Windhoek, visit to black
township of Katutura, open air market, Independence Memorial Museum
and Namibia Genocide Memorials
- Travel to Damaraland, visit Damara Living Museum, track desert elephants, and visit African villages
- Visit a Cheetah Conservation and wildlife management education center in Otjiwarongo
- Visit Etosha National Park (one of the greatest game parks in Africa), Safari tour/drive through and learn about ecotourism and community wildlife conservation
- Travel to the Sand Dunes of Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft
- Optional adventure excursions including dune surfing, sea kayaking, and whale watching
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Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: May 2021 - June 2021
Application Deadline: January 13, 2021 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: May 2022 - June 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Students will register for a total of 6 credits:
HST 380/AAA 333: African History, Cultures & Environment (3 credits)
HTM 368: Geotourism (3 credits)
Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement
Fulfills entire General Education Issues requirement. Reflection required .
Language of Instruction: English
Program participants will reside in campus lodge, hotels and secure camping sites.
Cost and Scholarships
2021 PROGRAM COST:
Program Fee: $5,510
- Round-trip airfare
- Camping equipment
- Some meals
- Field trips
- All ground transportation
- Tuition ($3,396)
- Vaccinations and personal expenses ($450)
- Additional meals ($300)
- Passport/photos ($152)
TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $9,808
Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.
FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.
James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186
Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.
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Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.
Applicants must be adaptable and willing to camp and ride for long road trips.
2.0 GPA required.
GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.
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