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?
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!
In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s grassy savannas, Rift Valley lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of life, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhino. The deep-rooted communities of the pastoralist Maasai people call this region home, and Kenya’s famed national parks attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. But the country’s biodiversity and traditional cultures are under threat from climate change and other environmental pressures.
Discover the living Amazon. Explore the extraordinarily biodiverse ecosystems of the northern Peruvian Amazon. Discuss threats to the region – from climate change to resource extraction – and get at the heart of Peru’s conservation and development issues. Experience flooded forests on a multi-day riverboat expedition and travel to the Andean highlands where you’ll visit cloud forests and the historic Incan capital of Cusco, the hub for visitors to Machu Picchu.
This is not the Australia you know. Towering strangler figs and rare species like the southern cassowary and mahogany glider can be found in these ancient rainforests. Far North Queensland is one of the most biodiverse places in the world, preserving more than 500 million years of evolutionary history. It is also home to Earth’s largest living organism – the Great Barrier Reef.
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.