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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 40 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: Kenya

Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience

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.

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Featured Program: Australia

Rainforest to Reef

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.

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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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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
Spring 2021
Closed
Jan 25 - Apr 29
Fall 2021
Open
Aug 30 - Dec 2
semester

Bhutan

Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition
Spring 2021
Waitlist
Jan 25 - May 7
Fall 2021
Open
Aug 30 - Dec 10
semester

Cambodia

Climate Change, Ethics, and Conservation
Spring 2021
Closed
Jan 25 - May 7
Fall 2021
Open
Aug 30 - Dec 10
semester

Chile

Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice
Spring 2021
Open
Jan 25 - May 7
Fall 2021
Open
Sep 6 - Dec 17
winter session

Chile

Foundations of Patagonian Ecology
Winter 2021
Closed
Dec 28 - Jan 15
Winter 2022
Open
Dec 27 - Jan 14
semester

Costa Rica

Sustainable Development Studies
Spring 2021
Filling Fast
Jan 25 - May 7
Fall 2021
Open
Aug 30 - Dec 10
winter session

Costa Rica

Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
Winter 2021
Closed
Dec 28 - Jan 15
Winter 2022
Open
Dec 27 - Jan 14
semester

Kenya

Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience
Spring 2021
Open
Jan 26 - May 8
Fall 2021
Open
Aug 31 - Dec 11
winter session

Kenya

Foundations of Wildlife Management and Conservation
Winter 2021
Closed
Dec 28 - Jan 15
Winter 2022
Open
Dec 27 - Jan 14
semester

Panama

Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Spring 2021
Filling Fast
Jan 25 - May 7
Fall 2021
Open
Aug 30 - Dec 10
winter session

Panama

Foundations of Tropical Coastal Ecology
Winter 2021
Closed
Dec 28 - Jan 15
Winter 2022
Open
Dec 27 - Jan 14
semester

Tanzania

Wildlife Management Studies
Spring 2021
Closed
Jan 25 - May 7
Fall 2021
Open
Aug 30 - Dec 10
semester

Turks & Caicos Islands

Marine Resource Studies
Spring 2021
Waitlist
Jan 25 - May 7
Fall 2021
Open
Aug 30 - Dec 10
winter session

Turks & Caicos Islands

Foundations of Tropical Marine Ecosystems
Winter 2021
Closed
Dec 28 - Jan 15
Winter 2022
Open
Dec 27 - Jan 14
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