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

Water, Wildlife, and Community

In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the savannas are alive with an astounding diversity of wildlife. Join us in Kenya to study water rights, natural resource management, and human-wildlife conflict.

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Kenya
Water, Wildlife, and Community

Now Accepting Applications!

Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and Fall 2019 programs are now accepting applications - apply today!

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Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies

How will you impact the world?

Everyone has a role to play in protecting the earth. All that's required is your curiosity about the world, a thirst for knowledge, and a passion for the environment.

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Bhutan
Himalayan 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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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 18,000 alumni who are busy changing the world through careers in the private sector, government, academia, and environmental NGOs.

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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: Kenya

Water, Wildlife, and Community

In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Kenya’s grassy savannas, Rift Valley lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of flora and fauna including the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. The region is also home to pastoralist tribal communities such as the Maasai, and its famed national parks attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

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Australia

Rainforest to Reef
Fall 2018
In The Field
Aug 27 - Nov 29
Spring 2019
Filling Fast
Jan 28 - May 2
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 5
semester

Bhutan

Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition
Fall 2018
In The Field
Aug 27 - Dec 5
Spring 2019
Waitlist
Jan 28 - May 8
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 11
semester

Cambodia

Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change
Fall 2018
In The Field
Aug 27 - Dec 5
Spring 2019
Open
Jan 28 - May 8
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 11
semester

Chile

Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 9 - Dec 18
semester

Costa Rica

Sustainable Development Studies
Fall 2018
In The Field
Aug 27 - Dec 5
Spring 2019
Open
Jan 28 - May 8
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 11
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Kenya

Water, Wildlife, and Community
Spring 2019
Open
Jan 30 - May 10
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 11
semester

Panama

Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Fall 2018
In The Field
Aug 27 - Dec 5
Spring 2019
Filling Fast
Jan 30 - May 10
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 11
semester

Peru

Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon
Fall 2018
In The Field
Aug 27 - Dec 5
Spring 2019
Open
Jan 28 - May 8
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 11
semester

Tanzania

Wildlife Management Studies
Fall 2018
In The Field
Aug 27 - Dec 5
Spring 2019
Waitlist
Jan 28 - May 8
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 11
semester

Turks & Caicos Islands

Marine Resource Studies
Fall 2018
In The Field
Aug 27 - Dec 5
Spring 2019
Filling Fast
Jan 28 - May 8
Fall 2019
Open
Sep 2 - Dec 11
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