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The Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University

The Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University

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Kenya

Turkana Basin Institute Field School, Kenya

The Turkana Basin Institute is proud to offer unique full semester and summer field school programs focused on human prehistory. The programs, which are provided in collaboration...

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The Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Life changing to say the least

I was tentative about participating in this program before I applied, as this is not by any means a traditional form of study abroad program/field school, but now that I've gone on this program and graduated from TBI I can honestly say that this is truly a special and once in a lifetime experience. I wouldn't trade my time in Turkana for any other study abroad option out there.

This school provided me with actual field experience taking place over the span of five courses, with hands on learning taking place both within the classroom and out of it. I was able to prospect for million year old fossils at famous Kenyan sites that I would have otherwise only read about in my textbooks, I got to see wild elephants, lions, cheetahs, and giraffes at the beautiful Mpala Research Centre, and I was able to form real and strong relationships with professors and researchers that could only be fostered by the intimate classroom setting that TBI classes offer.

If you are considering a career in anthropology (bio, arch, or soc), geology, paleontology, biology, prehistory, or even just have any interest in Kenya and all it has to offer I strongly recommend that you apply to this program as both a resume and character builder, as I know that I came out of this experience as a new and better person. And hey, when's the next time you're ever going to visit Kenya?

Program: Turkana Basin Institute Field School, Kenya