Want to visit Africa?

Study Abroad in Kenya with the Origins Field School.

Study Paleontology  •  Geology  •  Archaeology  •  Ancient Environments

Open to all majors  •  Programs available for Spring, Summer, and Fall terms

Do you have an interest in science and the world around you? Would you like to visit one of the most remote and interesting parts of Africa? The Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) offers, through Stony Brook University, a remarkable educational opportunity: the Origins Field School. You can explore the paleontology, archaeology, and ancient environment of the Lake Turkana Basin, in East Africa’s Rift Valley, made famous by the Leakey family and their colleagues for five decades of groundbreaking research into the origins of humankind.

The Origins Field School is offered as two distinct yet integrative programs: the Semester Abroad program, offered in both the fall and spring, and the Summer Program. You can attend either or both, as the material covered is complementary rather than duplicative. Each offers the academic adventure of a lifetime as you earn upper-level credits studying at TBI’s state-of-the-art campuses in northern Kenya.

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Our Programs

Origins Field School Semester


Now accepting applications for Spring 2017

  • Dates for the spring program will be announced soon
  • Earn 15 upper-division credits
  • Open to all majors
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Origins Summer Field School


Applications for Summer 2016 are now closed

  • Dates for the summer program are May 26 – July 10, 2016
  • Earn 9 upper-division credits
  • Open to all majors
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Check out this video of the Origins Field School experience produced by award-winning documentary filmmakers Ciara Byrne and Kim MacQuarrie:

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