Study Climate Change

Experience the wild beauty of Costa Rica - where rugged rainforests, mist-shrouded volcanoes, and sandy beaches are home to 5% of Earth's species. Study climate change impacts firsthand as you explore sustainable conservation strategies.

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Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies

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Thinking about attending an SFS program? Did you know that we don't charge an application fee? Get started today!

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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies

Meet the Majestic Megafauna of Kenya

Explore the savannas of Kenya and learn about the environmental issues facing the charismatic species that live there - elephants, lions, rhinos, and so many more. Study wildlife ecology, natural resource management, and human-wildlife conflict.

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Kenya
Wildlife, Water, and Community

Now Accepting Applications!

Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 programs are now accepting applications - apply today!

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Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies

Life in the Field

Find out what it's really like to go on an SFS program - head over to the blog and read stories from students and staff in the field!

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Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies

The SFS Experience

Nowhere else will you find a study abroad experience like The School for Field Studies – adventurous, invigorating, and fulfilling.

When you study abroad with SFS, you’re contributing to a legacy of environmental research and stewardship that spans more than 35 years, encompassing countries as diverse as Cambodia, Kenya, and Costa Rica. Our team of experienced research scientists will push you to get creative as you work to understand the critical environmental issues of our time. Get ready for muddy boots, cold showers, and dirt under your fingernails, because you will be out there doing science, not just talking about it in the classroom. And you won’t be alone – you’ll be joining a group of students who share your passion for creating a more sustainable future.

Our planet is home to an incredible diversity of life and depends on the next generation of environmental leaders to protect its future – will you be one of them?

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A Different Kind Of Classroom

Living in Australia’s ancient rainforests, tracking elephants through the Serengeti, or diving among the vibrant coral reefs of the Turks and Caicos Islands, you will find yourself immersed in and captivated by the world’s most incredible and complex environments.

As an SFS student, you’ll become part of a global community, working to make a difference by better understanding and protecting these ecosystems. With the Amazon rainforest or the floating villages of Cambodia as your classroom, you’ll experience the world in ways that aren’t possible inside a lecture hall. So join us in the field—but don’t forget your sunscreen and binoculars!

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Featured Program: Peru

Biodiversity & Development in the Amazon

In the heart of the Amazon, dense green foliage blankets the horizon as far as the eye can see. Here, rich natural resources have supported human populations for millennia, including indigenous groups still living in these forests. As one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet, Peru provides an ideal place to study a variety of ecosystems, their inhabitants, and environmental threats.

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Featured Program: Cambodia

Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change

In Cambodia, remnants of 12th-century temples share the countryside with wild forests and agricultural villages. Diverse ecosystems from the Bokor Mountains to the mighty Mekong River harbor rare species such as the Asian elephant, sun bear, and endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. The Tonle Sap Lake swells to eight times its size each year, creating a dynamic seasonal shift for the communities of fishers and farmers who call this region home.

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Looking For Information?

Students

Get ready to be amazed, challenged, and transformed when you leave your traditional college classroom and join us in the field.
 

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Advisors

Are you a study abroad advisor or faculty member interested in finding out more about SFS? Do you need resources or information?
 

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Parents

You play a critical role in supporting your student’s experience abroad. Learn more about the benefits and skills they’ll gain with SFS.
 

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Donors

‘I plan to change the world; thanks for the jump start.’ Find out how your generous support helps our students and the work we do.
 

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FIND A PROGRAM

Find the right study abroad experience – choose from 10 diverse countries and 23 unique semester and summer programs.

Study climate change and other environmental issues, earn credit, and have the adventure of a lifetime.

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19,000+

Alumni In STEM, Business, Government and More

SFS students, faculty, and staff live and work together at our ten field centers around the world. Locations range from deep in the heart of the Australian rainforest to the tropical coastline of Panama, and each center offers its own distinct experience in the surrounding ecosystems. Regardless of where you go, you’ll become part of a community and discover a lifestyle unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Plus, not only are you heading into the field with a group of passionate environmentalists, but you’re joining a network of more than 19,000 alumni who are busy changing the world through careers in the private sector, government, academia, and environmental NGOs.

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Australia

Rainforest to Reef
Fall 2019
Filling Fast
Sep 2 - Dec 5
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - Apr 30
Fall 2020
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 3
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Bhutan

Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition
Fall 2019
Waitlist
Sep 2 - Dec 11
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 11
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Cambodia

Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation
Fall 2019
Filling Fast
Sep 2 - Dec 11
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 11
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Chile

Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice
Fall 2019
Waitlist
Sep 9 - Dec 18
Spring 2020
Waitlist
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Sep 7 - Dec 18
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Costa Rica

Sustainable Development Studies
Fall 2019
Filling Fast
Sep 2 - Dec 11
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 11
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Kenya

Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience
Fall 2019
Filling Fast
Aug 29 - Dec 7
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Sep 1 - Dec 12
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Panama

Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Fall 2019
Filling Fast
Sep 2 - Dec 11
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 11
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Peru

Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon
Fall 2019
Filling Fast
Sep 2 - Dec 11
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 11
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Tanzania

Wildlife Management Studies
Fall 2019
Filling Fast
Aug 30 - Dec 8
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 11
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Turks & Caicos Islands

Marine Resource Studies
Fall 2019
Filling Fast
Sep 2 - Dec 11
Spring 2020
Open
Jan 27 - May 6
Fall 2020
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 11
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