Want to visit Africa?
Study Abroad in Kenya with TBI’s Field School Programs.

Program updates:

  • Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2019 Origins Field School. Apply now.
  • Follow the adventures of our field school students in the TBI Field School blog.

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, several remarkable field education opportunities in the Lake Turkana region of Kenya.

In our Origins Field School, students examine the paleontology, archaeology, and ancient environment of the Turkana Basin, renowned for its wealth of fossils and artifacts documenting all major stages of human development. Participants on our Academic Safari, a two-week learning adventure designed for educators, will explore important and interesting sites and environments throughout the Turkana Basin and Kenya with Richard, Meave, & Louise Leakey. And our new Global Innovation Summer Field School investigates innovative technological solutions to real-life problems with an aim to improve the lives of people around the world.

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Origins Field School

OPEN TO ALL MAJORS! 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.

*Dates subject to change

Global Innovation Field School

Implement human-focused design strategies to improve lives in the Birthplace of Humanity

Planned dates for 2019: June 3 to July 6


Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Origins

Taking a gap year? Thinking of transitioning into a Master’s or PhD program in the biological, geological, or prehistoric sciences? Stony Brook University, in partnership with the Turkana Basin Institute, is proud to announce the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Origins.


Check out this video of the Origins Field School experience: