UMW in Tanzania | First Year Experience: The Human Animal


UMW in Tanzania

First Year Experience: The Human Animal


Program Dates

December 27 — January 8

Winter Break 2018-2019


Register for this program by June 1, 2018. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received. View our cancellation policy.

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Program Fees


$2,000 deposit due upon registration.  $3,000 payment due August 27, 2018.
Final $2,851 due October 19, 2018.


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport transfers and ground transportation
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Most meals
  • Guided tours
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • UMW tuition (may be part of your Fall 2018 course load)
  • Tanzanian Single Entry Touris visa (required)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplemental meals or snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program includes moderate-to-rigorous hiking through uneven terrain and significant walking.


Start your college journey at the University of Mary Washington with an adventure of a lifetime! Enroll in FSEM 100Q-The Human Animal, and sign up for its companion field trip to Tanzania over winter break! Your Faculty Directors are Dr. Andrew Dolby and Dr. Parrish Waters of the Biology Department. This seminar will explore the science of human evolution and how it is being used today to address some of modern civilization’s most vexing challenges. It will culminate in a two-week field trip to Tanzania, the evolutionary cradle where the human story began. On the itinerary are sites such as:

  • Olduvai Gorge, where fossils key to the human family tree were discovered by world-famous paleontologists
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Arusha National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater, recognized as the eighth wonder of the natural world!

In addition to their awe-inspiring scenery and historical value, tour destinations abound with large game animals, colorful birds, and fascinating plant life. Witness the spectacle of the great wildebeest migration, and encounter elephants, zebras, lions, and monkeys! View the full EcoQuest Tanzania Itinerary.


Accommodation in twin or triple-bedded rooms in full-service hotels and camp locations. Some of the locations will have access to WiFi and laundry facilities, but not all due to the nature of the location.


Students will enroll in the Fall 2018 course FSEM 100Q for 3 credits.  Students who participate in the companion travel portion in Tanzania will earn an additional 3 credits through IDIS 350Z, for a total of 6 credits.  While both FSEM 100Q sections are open to all students, one section fulfills the Honors Program requirement.

This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the Faculty Directors.

Requirements & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students must be in “Good Standing” in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW first-year students regardless of intended major.  Trip is limited to 20 students (10 per FSEM 100Q section) and space is granted on a first-deposited, first-served basis.


There is specific funding available through the Valade Study Abroad Scholarship in Biology for participating in this education abroad program. Students will need to complete the Scholarship Manager application by April 23, 2018 in order to be eligible.  


See the program fees and payment due dates in the right column. Use the Make a Payment button below to pay your deposit and regular program payment. Use the Special Payment option to pay a special amount (such as additional insurance or payment in a different amount as a result of a scholarship award). Online payees have the choice of either credit card or eCheck payment. Credit card payments will incur a 2.75% service fee. There is no service charge for eCheck payments.

Students can also make payment to the UMW Cashier’s Office, located on the second floor of Lee Hall, by cash or check. Make all checks payable to “UMW” and indicate that the payment should go towards the program’s fund (not to the individual student’s account).


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