TBI Origins Anthropology Field School (Kenya)

Lodwar, Kenya

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Spring 2020
TBA
TBA
Oct 01, 2019
Fall 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
No
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
2.5
Program Type
Direct Enroll
Credits

12-16

Program Advisor

The Program

Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) Field School is an excellent choice for students interested in paleoanthropological research, and in gaining practical training in archaeological and paleontological survey and excavation techniques.

Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with fossil prospecting, identification, and taphonomy; and learn techniques of paleoenvironmental reconstruction. In addition to academics, students can benefit from opportunities to engage in internships, service learning opportunities, language learning, and independent research, with the guidance and supervision of TBI faculty and staff.

Program Locations

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TBI Origins Anthropology Field School (Kenya)

Kenya

The Turkana Basin

The Turkana Basin preserves a wealth of ancient remains unrivaled anywhere in the world. Here you will find dinosaur fossils, 18 million-year-old leaf impressions, and diverse extinct mammals, including our human ancestors. Archaeological remains in the basin span from earliest times – 2.3 million years – to megalith sites built 4000 years ago. For over 40 years, the Leakey family—in residence for parts of this program—have pioneered human prehistory research in this immense and hauntingly beautiful region of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, considered by many to be the “cradle of humanity.”

Academics

 

This field school, offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, is designed for students with an interest in Africa, science, and the essence of what makes us human. The Turkana Basin region, made famous over the past five decades through the work of Richard, Meave and Louise Leakey, has produced much of the world's most important fossil evidence for human evolution. Our program addresses the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how they came to occupy that place. It offers fifteen upper-division or graduate credits in geology, ecology, vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology, human evolution, and archaeology.

 

Course matching has been confirmed for the following Rutgers courses:

Field Study in Archaeology (01:070:334)

Fieldwork in Paleoecology (01:070:351)

Practicum in Geoarchaeology (01:070:352)

Practicum in Vertebrate Paleontology (01:070:397)

Field Study in Paleoanthropology (01:070:398)

*There are no prerequisites for the above courses.

 

More information about the coursework can be found on the TBI Field School web page.

 

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to TBI and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits per semester. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

 

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

 

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the TBI Field School web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by TBI Field School and the program dates have been confirmed.

Fall Semester

Early September

Late November

Spring Semester

Mid January

Mid April

Housing and Meals

Students will live in residence hall-style accommodations at TBI's research facilities at Turkwel and Ileret, which overlook Lake Turkana and some spectacular fossil deposits. The facilities are fully equipped with laboratories, classroom spaces, and dining area.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $16,730
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Most meals ( 3 meals a day)
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Meals $200
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $50
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $200
Immunizations $400
Total $2,200.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $14,120 16,730
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Most meals ( 3 meals a day)
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Meals $200
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $50
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $200
Immunizations $400
Total $2,200.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.