Semester in East Africa

Semester in East Africa


  • Travel on trails and off through dense bamboo forests
  • Excellent wildlife viewing and studying opportunities
  • Strong intercultural component, including learning Kiswahili language skills
  • Safari section with a strong natural history element
  • Possible summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa
A Semester in East Africa means two and a half months of camping in the bush, exploring the wonders of Tanzania, developing leadership and outdoor skills, meeting new people, learning of new cultures, 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, the home of early man. You will train your binoculars on wildlife that you have only ever dreamed of seeing and mingle with Maasai, Bushmen, Chaga, and Meru people in rural villages. Work hard hiking with all of your gear on your back in adverse weather conditions ranging from rain, dense fog, and possibly snow on steep, rocky terrain and through dense tropical forests.

This is an action-packed learning adventure designed to leave you with the leadership and skills necessary to travel in the wilderness long after your course ends.


Location NOLS East Africa
Tuition $17,800 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $100
Minimum Age 18
Duration 75 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Call Admissions (800)710-6657
Fly in/out Call Admissions (800)710-6657
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Biology
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 2 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