Below you will find some helpful resources as you navigate your post-SFS experience—everything from when you can expect your grades to how to list SFS on your resume. Interested in helping SFS spread the word? Consider becoming a Campus Rep or leaving a review—see below for more details!
You already completed the necessary steps to receive your transcript during the admissions process, so no action is necessary on your part. Official transcripts for SFS programs are available approximately 4-6 weeks after the conclusion of the program (after the conclusion of the second summer session for summer programs).
If you are a student from a school listed below (schools that provide direct credit for SFS programs), your official transcript will be mailed to your school within 4-6 weeks after the completion of your program (or within 6-8 weeks if you participate in Summer I) and a student copy will also be mailed to your permanent address.
If you are a student from a school not listed above (your school does not provide direct credit for SFS programs), you will have been registered for credits at University of Minnesota (U of M). It generally takes U of M approximately 6 weeks to process your transcript and to send one official copy to the address you designated on your Transcript Request Form.
As an SFS alum, you can help ensure the long-term success of your Center by reaching out to the next generation of SFS students and sharing your SFS experience.
Our Campus Rep volunteers help with outreach efforts on campus like hanging posters, attending a study abroad fair, and speaking with prospective students. You can volunteer as much or as little as you have time for–every action helps!Volunteer Now
Each year, approximately 30% of the SFS student body is assisted with loans from the Merck Family Student Revolving Loan Fund. The availability of loan monies is contingent upon the timely repayment of loans by previous borrowers to provide funding for new loan recipients. The repayment period for each loan is stipulated in the Loan Agreement at the time the loan is made. Students are responsible for making monthly payments on their loans starting the month after their SFS programs are completed.
Any loan for which payment is late by one month or more will be considered in default. Grades will be withheld from any student considered to be in default and the student’s co-signer will be expected to assume payment. SFS charges interest on overdue loan balances at the rate of 15% per year, compounded monthly.
No grades will be awarded, nor transcripts issued, until all outstanding tuition monies are paid in full. All outstanding balances must be settled prior to receiving credit for your semester. If your balance is not cleared, your grades will be submitted to U of M as incomplete. Your official transcript will indicate an incomplete (I) grade status. Transcripts will be issued six to eight weeks following the end of the session. Corrected grades will be sent to U of M, or your SFS transcript will be released when your account is settled. All incomplete grades are converted to failing grades within 12 months of program end if full payment has not been submitted.
Students may occasionally incur expenses that are covered by the Center staff and/or faculty. These may include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, phone bills, and charges for damage done to SFS facilities and/or equipment. Students must pay in full for these expenses prior to their departure from the program. No grades will be awarded until all outstanding fees are paid in full.
Can you take a minute to share your SFS experience with the world? SFS is featured on several study abroad review websites, and we need your voice to inform prospective students on what they can expect from an SFS program. You can leave a review on our Go Overseas profile, our Abroad101 profile or submit one directly to SFS.
Study Abroad/Field Work
The School for Field Studies, Center for Rainforest Studies, Queensland, Australia
Learned techniques for rainforest restoration through field exercises, such as: