Semester in East Africa

Semester in East Africa


  • Travel from West Kilimanjaro to Lake Natron and in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA).
  • Mountaineering section: summit attempt on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak
  • Backpacking section: interact with members of local tribes; observe unique wildlife; travel on- and off-trail; attempt to summit Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano
  • Cultural section: live with a rural family and focus on intercultural learning and Kiswahili language skills
  • Safari section: observe wildlife and study topics like natural history, zoology, and hunter-gatherer history
A Semester in East Africa means an incredible two-and-a-half months of camping in the bush, developing leadership and outdoor skills, meeting new people, building your cultural competence, and pushing yourself physically and emotionally.

This course will take you from the high peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro to the valleys of Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, where early humanity began. You will train your binoculars on the Crater’s diverse wildlife and mingle with Maasai, Bushmen, Chaga, and Meru people in rural villages.

This is an action-packed learning experience designed for you to develop the leadership and outdoor skills necessary to travel in the wilderness. It’s meant for both experienced and novice outdoor travelers who are looking to expand their outdoor skills, their intercultural awareness, and their ability to carry out an international expedition.


Location NOLS East Africa
Tuition $17,900 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $100
Minimum Age 18
Duration 75 Days
Type Semester & Year
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College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 3 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 3 Hours Risk Assessment
  • 2 Hours Cultural Studies
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“Summiting the active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai, and Africa’s highest point, Mt. Kilimanjaro, were two of the most difficult, yet most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever taken on, and each day those accomplishments motivate me to take risks and work my hardest as I continue on with my college career, because I know that with just a little determination, I can do nearly anything.”

-Rebecca Parks

Semester in East Africa Grad