STUDY DIVERSE CULTURES AND PRISTINE ECOSYSTEMS ON
BIOKO ISLAND, EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Study tropical biodiversity side by side with Equatoguinean university students while engaging in field work in a multi-faceted montane rainforest environment.
Participate in the Annual BBPP Expedition into the Gran Caldera de Luba, as seen in the August 2008 issue of National Geographic.
Explore the linguistics and cultural diversity of Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea.
Investigate the challenges facing a developing country through direct interaction with government and business leaders.
The cornerstone course of the program is ENVS 410 - Field Research in Tropical Ecology, which takes advantage of the unspoiled rainforest adjacent to the Moka Wildlife Center, a university-affiliated research station located in the highlands of Bioko Island. Over time, this course has been taught by an exciting combination of both prominent (Dr. Tom Butynski; Dr. Esteban Sarmiento) and emerging (Dr. David Fernandez; Dr. Drew Cronin) field biologists, who have focused on cooperative learning techniques to span cultural differences, while still imparting a sound foundation for ecological research and conservation best-practices. Additional course work will be taught by BBPP research staff and faculty from UNGE with additional special lectures from leading professionals and government official from in-country. Students will take a full course load by taking the following courses:
FIELD RESEARCH IN TROPICAL ECOLOGY
FIELD METHODS IN TROPICAL ECOLOGY
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
SPANISH LANGUAGE AND AFRICAN CULTURE IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Program runs from January through March and September through December. The option to stay on as a Field Assistant for an additional 3-6 months, at no extra charge, upon completion of the semester, is available upon request and acceptance. Room and board will be provided for all Field Assistants.
Drexel students pay their regular Drexel tuition plus an additional program fee. Visiting students pay a program fee. The program fees cover housing, partial board, orientation and in-country field trips including the Moka research expedition and the trip to the Southern Beaches, as well as a Drexel University transcript. Too see the program budget sheet follow the link below for more details.
Director, Drexel Study Abroad