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Program Description:
SIT Madagascar:
Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Madagascar’s unique evolutionary path has produced an immeasurable contribution to the world’s biodiversity—more than 80 percent of the flora and fauna are endemic. In the Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management program, classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods encourage students to analyze environmental issues in an array of ecosystems, including rain forests, dry spiny forests, alpine and transitional forests, savanna, gallery and littoral forests, mangroves, and coral reefs.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • Language requirement: 3 recent semesters of college-level French or equivalent, and ability to follow coursework in French
  • Student are required to have previous college-level coursework in ecology, biology, etc.
  • Students must take French for Natural Sciences and Malagasy (beginning)
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: late January to mid-May

The semester program consists of four courses, including an independent study project. Coursework is conducted mainly in academic French. Grades from SIT will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

During the course of the program, students will live with two families. Students spend a month living with a host family in Fort Dauphin, which is broken up by trips to various ecosystems, national parks, and historical sites. Some students also choose to spend time with their Fort Dauphin host family during the independent study project period. To learn about Malagasy rural issues, students live for one week in a rural village, typically in the area of Faux Cap on the southern tip of Madagascar. Students are placed in different villages surrounding the town. Other accommodations during the program could include hostels, private homes, and small hotels.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Madagascar. SIT will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: TBD

Cara Hardy,

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and SIT application.

Please note: due to the small number of spaces in each program, it is possible for a program to reach maximum enrollment before the application due date. Please apply early!

Syracuse University
  • Complete SIT's application online. Check the SIT website for the application deadline.
  • Follow instructions from SIT  for supplemental documents

SIT Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 09/01/2021 09/01/2021
NOTE: Program dates are not available at this time. Please contact the international program advisor for this program with questions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.