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* Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) - Kenya
Nanyuki, Kenya (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
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Program Coordinator:
Laura Thornes Program Type: CSU Study Abroad Program
Areas of Study:
Natural Resources
Program Description:

Conservation LeadershipThrough Learning
in Nanyuki, Kenya

The Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) graduate program aims to produce a next generation of individuals with sound scientific skills and knowledge, as well as the skills to motivate and empower others to achieve a shared goal and manage the complex and oftentimes contentious environment of conservation issues.  In addition, the four month international component of the program will help students become stronger global citizens via direct exposure to various issues and challenges that exist in their respective CLTL location. 

Program Summary

The CLTL Kenya pod of the 5th cohort is offered Aug. 2017- September 2018. Students will complete the first 9 months on the CSU Fort Collins campus and then will complete the 2nd part of the coursework and/or thesis work in Kenya for 4 months.  (Students also have the opportunity to independently select other domestic and international sites beyond Kenya.)  In summer 2018, all tuition and program charges will be paid to CSU to primarily cover on-site support and excursions.

For Cohort 7: Summer - Approx. June 1 to September 30, 2018
This program begins with 2 semester terms to be completed on the Colorado State University campus, and then is followed by a summer term with 6 credits to be completed internationally.  Map of Kenya

CREDITS:  During the WCNR 2nd year of this cohort, students will receive CSU credits as outlined by the degree requirements. 
For Cohort 7:  Students will complete 6 CSU summer credits while engaging in valuable research projects. 

ESTIMATED COST:  See summer budget sheets linked above. 
The Education Abroad Program fee billed by CSU includes tuition, the Program Charge, Health Insurance, and CSU Education Abroad Administration.  Program Fees do not include meals, international airfare, passport, visas or spending money. 

PLEASE NOTE: Graduate students must take at least 5 credits per term in order to receive federal financial aid, and "Continuing Registration" credits will not satisfy this requirement.  This means for cohort 7, the fall 2018 and spring 2019 terms, students will no longer be eligible for any federal aid.


For CLTL-Kenya, students will be based in Nanyuki in the central part of the country. Nanyuki (population 40,000) is home to many conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government offices, and is within an hour’s drive to numerous protected areas with a variety of ecosystems and conservation issues. It is also home to a sizable ex-pat community and has many of the amenities needed to address the health and well-being of this community. Nearby protected areas include Mt. Kenya National Park to the east, Ol Pejeta Conservancy to the west, and Samburu National Reserve to the north.  Within these locations are issues related to human-wildlife conflict, endangered/threatened species, sustainable tourism, loss of local ecological knowledge, educational access and women’s rights.  During the 4 month period of living abroad, students will work in small groups to develop research projects and collect data about one of these topics.

Although there is a U.S. State Department issued Travel Warning for Kenya, the county of Laikipia has a relatively low crime and terrorism rates.  However, students should read the Travel Warning and other advice carefully to better understand the advisories in the region, especially in Nairobi, Mombasa and the Somali-Kenyan border region.  Extensive travel throughout Kenya and students driving in Kenya is discouraged by CSU because of the elevated risks associated with driving abroad and other regional differences.

Accommodations and Excursions

Day to day, students will live in shared housing in Nanyuki with opportunities to participate frequently in ecological monitoring at Ol Pejeta Conservancy and environmental education in nearby primary and secondary schools.  Accommodation options will be suggested by the local contacts and CLTL administrative staff.  Students should expect to pay for most of their living expenses as well as their field site projects.   

Throughout the time in Kenya we anticipate approximately 30-35 days of field-based learning, including a comprehensive orientation on conservation issues in Kenya, one week in the Samburu region (basic huts and/or tent camping), close to 1 week in the Maasai Mara region (basic rooms or tent camping), and several day trips in other locations in the Laikipia region such as Ol Pejeta, Naivasha, Mt. Kenya National Park, Solio Ranch, Ngare Ndare National Forest, and additional days as time and budget permit.  In addition, students will conduct fieldwork as-needed to address their small group research projects, which are not included in the program fee, but safe transportation should be considered in budgeting.


Graduate Students already admitted into the CLTL cohort program; 3.0 GPA minimum and good disciplinary standing.


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