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ACES African Wildlife Discovery Study Tour to South Africa, Group 1
Pretoria, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Study Tour
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer Study Tour
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Program Description:

ACES in South Africa: African Wildlife Discovery Tour

Summer Study Tour

Pretoria, South Africa
Comprehensive study of wildlife science and exotic species in South Africa, from the scientific setting to the natural environment. One or two session will be led over the summer. This group will be led by professional field guide and accompanied by a UIUC faculty member. The group consists of no more than 8-10 students to allow for a more personal and focused study tour. Examples of wildlife experiences on previous tours include: Tracking and identification of  seven distinct leopards and two mating pairs in the African bush, observing hierarchical system of feeding at a lion kill, discussion and field observation of elephant overpopulation effects on natural environments, exclusive interactive visit to Southern Africa's most successful wildlife rehabilitation center. The majority of time spent in South Africa will be at remote locations in the bush.

Program Objectives
1. Expose students to different ideas, and ways of thinking in the world of animal medicine, rehabilitation and care through interactions with professionals of varying wildlife career fields.
2. Provide students with a complete understanding of wild animal behavior through first-hand experience and interaction with animals in their natural habitats
3. Raise student awareness and understanding of African wildlife behavior, ecology, natural history, medicine and conservation while educating about the differing views and impacts of conservation on the highly diverse South African cultures.

Sample Schedule 

Pretoria – 2 days
– WBRC Frozen Zoo
– Pretoria Zoo

White River - 3 days
- Elephant Sanctuary
- Blyde River Canyon

Kruger park – 4 days
- Largest National Park in South Africa

Other Locations – 6 days
– Private Game Reserve
Group Flight
As a part of the Program Fee, ACES Abroad will organize a group flight for this course. All group flights will be departing from and arriving at O'Hare Airport. Very few exceptions are made for opting out of the group flight. 
Faculty Leader Bio

 Alfred L. Roca
 Dr. Roca is an accociate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences

  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates with at least two blank visa pages
  • Visa may be required 
  • Open to all UIUC undergrads with good standing
  • A great love of wildlife is ideal
  • Willingness to occasionally "rough it" and a good team spirit are absolute musts. 
This course is worth up to 2 credit hours of independent study. It can count as a spring semester course (no summer registration needed) and an override can be provided for the additional credits if necessary.

On-campus meetings:  Begin second half of the Spring semester, time and location TBD.

Student Life 
Housing and Meals: Students are lodged in hostels, lodges, or campsites with accompanying students.



For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during
which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.

Financial Aid 
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 



Application Information 

First Steps Info 
For more information on the first steps to going abroad, visit our website: or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  

Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components 
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:
  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Online questionnaires Upon acceptance to this program you may be required to complete the host institution's application.  
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.

See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.


Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure

The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at:
Vaccinations and Health
Once you have been accepted into the program you need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit ( to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also
Before You Go
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

Passports and Visas
Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

More information about passports and visas can be found at:

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

Additional Resources
Contact Information 

Alfred L. Roca
Associate Professor
441 Animal Sciences Laboratory
Urbana Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 244-8853

ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380

Walk-in hours:
2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Study Tour 2018 03/01/2018
03/01/2018 06/15/2018 07/01/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.