Madagascar, located off the east coast of South Africa, is the world’s 4th largest island with a diverse, unique flora and fauna with a high degree of endemism; 80% of its flora of 12,000 species does not exist anywhere else in the world, as do a large number of its animal species. New species of plants and animals are still be found and identified, especially in the humid tropical forests on the east side of the island which remain largely unexplored. Population growth and its resulting demand for construction timber and fuel wood as well as increasing demand for agricultural land (the main occupation for the majority of Malagasy) are severely threatening the 15% of the remaining original rain forest cover of the country. Slash and burn (tavy) agriculture and increasingly shorter fallow cycles due to population growth, combined with the high rainfall (3,500mm per year), have let to high rates of erosion and soil degradation. A number of protected forests, nature reserves and parks are now but islands in a sea of degraded farmland.
A visa is required; there is no cell phone service; check CDC website for recommended anti-malarial medication and state department website for required/recommended immunizations
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will stay in both residence halls/dormitories as well as camping/ primitive housing for the duration of the program. All meals will be covered by the program fee
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
Students must meet the minimum required GPA of 3.0 (or receive the director's permission) in order to participate.
BIO 114, BIO 124 or GANTH 196 are recommended prerequisites for the program but are not required.
In addition to the oIP application form, students are required to submit the following material: