IUP SUMMER CLASSES
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       AFRICA
                2015

                             

   

WE ARE PLANNING OUR GROUP TRAVEL NOW FOR 2015! WE HOPE TO VISIT BOTH SOUTH AFRICA AND SWAZILAND EARLY IN SUMMER 2015.

OUR PLANNED TRAVEL WILL BE IN MAY-JUNE, 2015.

Our Planned Travel in 2015 will include:


Cultural activities in and around Johannesburg  (Soweto, Apartheit Museum and other museums)

Observation of wild animals in Kruger National Park in South Africa 

Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland, "White Witch" of Swaziland

Kwa-Zulu Natal and the beautiful wildlife sanctuaries of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and iSimangaliso in the St. Lucia estuary

Cape Town (cultural activities), Cape Peninsula

Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces: wild animal rehabilitation centers, Panorama Route


                            Use this LINK to view pictures from 2013

Use this LINK to view pictures from 2011

USE THIS LINK TO VIEW PICTURES FROM 2008!!!!!

 Travel to Southern Africa next summer with a group of IUP students and professors. There you will learn first-hand about the history, people, ecology and wildlife of this diverse region through a series of field trips, lectures and guided tours. To find out more about this unique educational experience, go to the following sections of the site.   

Course Descriptions  Planned Activities for Future Classes 2003, 2004, 2005 Photo Gallery
Projected Expenses Health Precautions Contact Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Descriptions:

    The Department of Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania plans to offer both undergraduate and graduate courses in Southern Africa during May-June, 2015. Courses will begin right after Commencement and end in early June-one of the best times for game viewing in the Southern Hemisphere's early winter season, but before the major influx of tourists from Europe and America. Biology majors or those students with an interest in biology may enroll in BIOL 490 Field Studies in Biology, an upper-division class that counts as a free elective or as a major elective toward the BA, BS or minor in Biology at IUP. Students who are not Biology majors are eligible to enroll in BIOL 490, with permission of the instructor. With the Director's approval, this course may be applied to the Pan-African Studies minor at IUP as well. Graduate students may enroll in BIOL 590, which is the Masters-level equivalent of BIOL 490. Students who do not wish credit toward the Biology major or minor at IUP may enroll in BIOL 281 Special Topics:The Diversity of Southern Africa. This course counts as a free elective and it has also been approved to count as a Liberal Studies non-lab science course under Option II of the IUP Liberal Studies graduation requirements. There are no pre-requisites for BIOL 281. Students may elect an audit grade option for this course.  Although all the courses have Biology titles and emphasize the plants and animals in various parts of Southern Africa,  they are entirely appropriate for students in other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, political science or history.

    All students who enroll in the course will spend about 3 weeks travelling primarily in the Republic of South Africa, although the class may visit other nations as well such as the Kingdom of Swaziland. Students will interact with many of the people of Southern Africa-individuals of European, Indian or African descent-in a variety of settings from urban, cosmopolitan Cape Town to a working safari lodge in the bush country of Limpopo Province. Students will observe the dynamic multicultural society of Southern Africa and gain an appreciation for its history and politics as the region moves through a period of significant transition. There will be multiple opportunities for observation of wildlife in national parks or in other settings, and if we are lucky, we'll see each of Africa's famed Big Five animals. Students can expect an up-close and personal encounter with the amazing diversity of Southern Africa in all its dimensions.

    Non-students are welcome to travel with the group as long as places area available.

    Here are some of the sites and activities planned for the 2015 classes.

   

 

Cape Town Area

  • Cape Peninsula tour and Cape of Good Hope National Park
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Boulders Beach penguin colony
  • Cape Town V&A Waterfront and cultural sites such as Robben Island
  • Photo at right: The 2005 group prepares for the trek up to the Cape Point lighthouse

 

 

  

KwaZulu-Natal Province

  • iSimangaliso Wetlands UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park-game reserve of Zulu kings
  • Cape Vidal reserve-Indian Ocean beachfront
  • Photo at right: Up close with hippos at St. Lucia in 2003.

 

 

 

 

Limpopo Province

  • Visit to reptile center
  • Wild animal rehabilitation center
  • Panorama Route
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Photo at right: Limpopo River 2005-elephants always come to water at dusk.

 

 

Kruger Park Area

  • Morning or evening game drive-escorted by park ranger
  • Daily opportunities for viewing large and small game
  • Park museums at rest camps
  • Mingle with visitors from many countries
  • Guided bush walks available as an "extra"
  • Photo at right: As students observe hippo trails in 2005 the animals call out warnings from the reeds.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photo Gallery:

    Here are some images from IUP class trips in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

 

 

Projected Expenses

 Since the intinerary for the next trip is not 100% finalized, and because expenses differ from person to person, we cannot provide an exact dollar figure for 2015 expenses. However, the lists and tables below contain the group's current working figures. 

Projected Costs 2015 Africa Trip-IUP Costs*

 

Category

Undergraduate ($)

Graduate ($)

 

PA Resident

Non-Resident

PA Resident

Non-Resident

Tuition (3 cr)

804

2010

1248

1872

Registration Fee

32

32

32

32

Technology Fee

68

93

68 90

Instructional Fee

73

73

196

295

ISIC Fee

23

23

23

23

Health Fee

0

0

0

0

Activity Fee

38

38

38

38

Total

1038

2269

1605

2350

 *Source: Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog 2013-14; all costs rounded up to nearest whole
 dollar

    In lieu of tuition, non-students are charged a program fee of $400.

Projected Costs 2015 Africa Trip-Travel Costs 

Air Fare Round Trip Dulles to Dulles all flights including inside South Africa-$1200 

You are free to book your own flight or travel with the group-both direct flights and flights with layovers in Europe are available but your costs will vary with your flight choice.

Plus providers' Expenses Including Ground Transport, Lodging, Entrance Fees-$3200

About 20-25% of your meals are included in the above expenses. Your other meals in Africa can be very cheap if you choose but food costs will vary from person to person and with location.

 Above costs do not include drinks, gifts, souvenirs, medical and passport expenses, personal items, extra tours, activities or excursions or photography

ALL PROJECTED FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND TO EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS! 

 

 

Health Precautions

     Malaria prophylaxis tablets are a must!  Mefloquine is the preferred medicine.  LARIUM is the brand name available in the U.S.  A physician must prescribe them.  Students should update their tetanus shot.  The CDC recommends  Hepatitis A vaccine. Hospital and dental care are excellent in South Africa.   You should consult your personal physician about health precautions for your travel to South Africa several months prior to the departure date.

 

Contact Information:

    If you are interested in Biology classes in Southern Africa and wish further information, send an email to:                             

                Dr. Carl Luciano

                Department of Biology

                Indiana University of Pennsylvania

                luciano@iup.edu

 

 

Photo Credits:

Tammy Adams, John Eck, Gerrie Fourie, Alena Kupchella, Carl Luciano, Steve Luciano, Krista McAuliffe

 

 

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