Namibia, Africa

Namibia, Africa

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Dennis Wilson

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7731
Office: RDM S - 264
dennis.wilson@mesacc.edu

 

A valid passport is required to travel abroad.  Passport Info Here

Program Location

Namibia is a country located on the western coast of Africa. Sharing borders with South Africa and Botswana to the east and Angola to the north, Namibia's landscape includes open grasslands, pans, dry riverbeds and dense woodlands. The oldest desert in the world, the Namib, along with the Kalahari, the largest desert; comprise two of the arid and semi-arid zones in the country's central region.

This program is typically offered every other year.

A trek through the wilds of Africa will probably be the single most adventurous and exciting thing that you will ever do!

In true safari style, you'll travel Namibia in 4x4 vehicles equipped with rooftop tents, learning about, exploring, and photographing Africa's amazing wildlife, tribal cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and unique ecosystems.  With a mix of wilderness bush camping, rest camps, relaxing starlight campfires and BBQ's, and unique wildlife everywhere, this will be more than the adventure of a lifetime!

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fees:  TBA
  • Includes cultural excursions, ground transportation, instructional support, lodging, travel insurance, etc.
  • Tuition: 7 credits
    • Registration begins 1st Monday in March. Tuition due date will be listed in SIS.
  • Registration Fee: $15
  • Course Fees: $45
  • Airfare is NOT included (estimated at $TBA).
  • Meals are NOT included (estimated at $TBA).
  • Textbooks: Estimated at $TBA
  • Camping Equipment: TBA
  • Passport Information 

Africa Program Excursions

You'll visit Etosha National Park with Africa's big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard), see the dunes at Sossusvlei National Park, track desert elephants along the Ugab River and get up close with cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Africa Program Details

The focus will be to integrate elements of environmental biology into places the places you'll visit and to learn about and photograph the wildlife, flora, people, and landscapes of this incredible place! 

Courses Offered (7 credit program)

  • ART142  Digital Photography (3 cr); ($35 course fee)
  • ART143  Intermediate Digital Photography ($35 crs fee)
    • Instructor: Dr. Dennis Wilson
  • BIO105  Environmental Biology (4 cr); [SQ] ($10 course fee)
  • Students must take both courses.
  • Classes will meet at MCC at Red Mountain from TBA before departure to Namibia.

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

General Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 6 - 6:45 pm
Sept. 10 &  24, 2014
Oct. 8 & 22, 2014
Nov. 5, 2014
Jan. 28 & Feb. 11, 2015

Thursdays: 1:30-2:15 pm

Sept. 11 & 25, 2014
Oct. 9 &  23, 2014
Nov. 6, 2014
Jan. 29 & Feb. 12, 2015

International Student Lounge

NU-6 building at Southern & Dobson campus

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions!

Scholarship Deadline

Sunday, March 1, 2015

11:59 pm MST

Get information on scholarships, grants, and financial aid for study abroad here.

Program Application Deadline

Friday, February 27, 2015

Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Complete online application (coming soon!).

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply early to reserve your place! 

Payment Deadline

Friday, March 20, 2015

For scholarship and financial aid opportunities as well as payment guidelines, download the helpful guide: How to Pay for Study Abroad

Mandatory Orientation

Saturday, April 11, 2015

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation. There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.