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  • Locations: All, Benin
  • Program Terms: Camden Spring
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Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Enrollment Restrictions:
Must have completed Bio 101 and 102, or by permission of the instructor
Program Description:

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The Program
This program will introduce students to innovative research on whole systems of botanical biodiversity. The focal point of the course will involve an interdisciplinary research collaboration between students at Rutgers University and the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, West Africa.

Biodiversity is under assault on a global basis. About ten percent of the world’s bird species and twenty-five percent of mammals are currently under threat of extinction. One percent of the world’s tropical forests is lost each year. In Benin, many beneficial interactions between the people and their environment--including the use of plants as drought indicators, in traditional medicine (ethnobotany), and in ritual and religious practices--are rapidly disappearing.

This program will introduce students to basic research in botanical biodiversity, with a wide range of beneficial applications in seasonal weather prediction, agricultural sustainability, and plant-based pharmacology. Students will have a rare opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research in a field where very little previous work has been done. During the travel portion of the program, students will participate in tours and social activities that will introduce them to the cultural life of tropical, sub-Saharan Benin.

Program Location(s)
Cotonou, Benin, Africa

Faculty Director: Simeon Kotchoni (, Department of Biology
Course Number: 50:120:360; 56:606:613:l3
Course Meeting Dates and Times: TBD

Program Dates
Spring Break 2017

Financial Information
Program Cost: TBD (Spring 2016 cost: Approximately $2,700)
(Subject to change)

Program Cost Includes
Some meals
HTH Travel Health Insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include
Course Tuition if not a full-time student (all Rutgers students must register for the course to participate in this program)
Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
Visa Fee (approximately $140) - required for all travelers!

*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Center for International Programs will register you in the course.
*To withdraw, please contact the Center for International Programs at Remember: once you sign the Camden Statement of Financial Responsibility, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.