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Coastal Africa Field Study: Mozambique (spring intersession)
Tofo Bay, Mozambique (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Intersession
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Spring Intersession
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APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Housing Options: Dormitory Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Coastal Africa Field Studies: Mozambique | facebookicon

blue waterThe coast of southern Mozambique is unique with large tidal presences, extensive upswelling from the south, and warm nutrient poor water from the north.  This combination provides a unique habitat in which to study large mega-fauna, food web dynamics, and coastal processes.

Mozambique is also considered a developing country and is currently developing an understanding of sustainable practices when it comes to its renewable resources.  

Both of these conditions are in contrast to Louisiana.  

This program will train students on skills needed to conduct research in coastal marine environments, develop hypotheses and study designs to address questions, conduct data collection using those newly formed skills, and write up and present their findings to the local community.  Presenting your findings to the local community is key to understanding sustainability in a developing country.

This is like nothing you've ever done in class before.  Let's geaux to Mozambique!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(undergraduate, 3 hours)
May 8 June 4 $3,280 Instate: $1,140
Out of State: $1,939

Program Fee Includes

  • breakfastHousing
  • All meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Shuttle to/from the Inhambane Airport
  • Fieldtrips and cultural excursions
  • Health insurance
Housing in Johannesburg (during layover): Shoestrings Backpacker's Lodge, located 5 minutes from the Johannesburg airport

Housing in Tofo Bay: Albatroz Lodge, a dorm-style lodge; students and the instructor will stay together in a single lodge area with a common room attached.  The lodge is located next door to the dive center and the All Out Africa (service provider) office.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU, including the course taken on this program.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Your Program Director will let you know when you should purchase airfare. You should not purchase airfare until Dr. Errare tells you to do so.  Roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and Mozambique is approximately $2,300.

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.  You should budget $200 for spending money.


Course Description Prerequisites
RNR 4061 Coastal Africa Ecology: Field Methods
  • ability to complete master dive certification swimming test
  • senior standing
  • 3.0 cumulative gpa

Please note: this is a study abroad program, not a vacation!  You will often have to get up early (5:00am), follow tight daily schedules, work outside in adverse environmental conditions (heat, insects), and visit areas where you must act in a courteous and professional manner. 

scubaThis is a techniques course in marine coastal studies.  The southeastern coast of Africa is unique, particularly in the area of the Mozambique Channel. 

The complex system is dominated by a strong western boundary current, the Agulhas current, producing mesoscale eddies which interact with a narrow continental shelf and transport organic matter and upwell nutrients. 

The combinations of upswelling and warm water from the equatorial region provide a unique habitat to study coastal processes, primary production, food web dynamics, and large marine mega-fauna.

Grades: because this program ends after the deadline for grades for spring intersession, all students will initially receive Incomplete ("I") grades.  Those grades will be changed to the permanent letter grades by the end of July.

Mozambique is a developing country and currently creating sustainable priorities and practices for renewable resources.  Students will be expected to interact with people in Tofo Bay and Inhambane to gain an understanding of the difficulties of establishing a sustainable way of life within a developing country.


March 29 12:00pm Students' Orientation
April 21 Spring intersession fee bills available via myLSU
April 29 12:00pm Parents' Orientation (143 Coates Hall)
May 3 Spring intersession fee bills due
May 8 Depart the U.S.
May 9 Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa; check into the Shoestrings Backpacker's Lodge
May 10 Breakfast at the lodge; Depart Johannesburg; fly to Inhambane, Mozambique; travel to Tofo Bay and check into the Albatroz Lodge
May 11 Tofo Bay
May 12 Tofo Bay
May 13 Tofo Bay
May 14 Tofo Bay
May 15 Tofo Bay
May 16 Tofo Bay
May 17 Tofo Bay
May 18 Tofo Bay
May 19 Tofo Bay
May 20 Tofo Bay
May 21 Tofo Bay
May 22 Tofo Bay
May 23 Tofo Bay
May 24 Tofo Bay
May 25 Tofo Bay
May 26 Tofo Bay
May 27 Tofo Bay
May 28 Tofo Bay
May 29 Tofo Bay
May 30 Depart Tofo Bay; fly to Maputo; travel to Kruger National Park 
May 31 Kruger National Park
June 1 Kruger National Park
June 2 Kruger National Park
June 3 Fly from Nelspruit to Johannesburg; depart Johnannesburg for the U.S.
June 4 Arrive in the U.S.

Please note: this itinerary it tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Reagan Errera Renewable Natural Resources R Errera

Eligibility & Withdrawal

In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Ability to complete master dive certification swimming test
  • Senior standing
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the course you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 31, 2017

Although the application deadline is March 31, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 3, 2017.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU on April 21 and are due on May 3.

If you withdraw from the program: After February 3, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 3, 2017 $500 deposit is non-refundable
Withdrawal after March 3, 2017 $500 deposit and $500 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after March 31, 2017 $500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after April 21, 2017 $500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.