Namibia, Africa

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Dennis Wilson

Life Science Department
P:  480-654-7731
Office: RDM S - 264


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.

Not Offered in 2016

 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, learning about, exploring, and photographing Africa’s amazing wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and unique ecosystems.  You’ll visit Etosha Park with Africa’s big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard), hike through the dunes at Sossusvlei, come face to face with cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund while studying conservation strategies, and bushcamp in the world's oldest desert with its bewildering diversity of wildlife.  There will be opportunities for optional activities like dune surfing and adventure sports at Swakopmund. 

Students will learn about and photograph the wildlife, flora, people, and landscapes of this incredible place and examine environmental topics such as biodiversity, the impact of expanding human populations, and techniques to monitor wildlife.  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 Fee (due TBA): $TBA
    • Includes admissions, ground transportation,  lodging, most meals, and medical insurance.
  • Tuition: 7 credits estimated at $TBA
    • In-state: $84 per credit hour
    • Out-of-state: $204 per credit hour
    • Registration begins 1st Monday in March. Tuition due 35 days prior to course start date.
  • Registration Fee: $15
  • Course Fees: $45
  • Airfare is NOT included: Estimated at $2,300
    • Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.
  • Most meals are included. 
  • Some meals NOT included:  Estimated at $30

ESTIMATED TOTAL (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals): $TBA

Africa Program Excursions

Courses Offered (7 credits)

  • ART142: 19823 Digital Photography (3 cr); requires $35 lab fee
  • BIO105: 19819/19820 Environmental Biology Lec/Lab (4 cr) [SQ]; requires $10 lab fee
  • Hybrid coursework required between June 1-June 18, 2015. Some face-to-face classes at MCC Red Mountain campus.

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

General Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 5:45 pm-6:30 pm

Thursdays: 1:30-2:15 pm

Southern & Dobson campus

Location: TBA

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions!

Scholarship Deadline

Friday, February 27, 2015

11:59 pm MST

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

Student must be accepted into a program PRIOR to applying for a scholarship.

Study Abroad Scholarship for Namibia

Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 27, 2015

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

Complete online application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply early to reserve your place! 

Payment Deadlines

Friday, March 27, 2015

Program Fee Deadline: March 27, 2015

Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

Cashier Services

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.