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!
Timeline for Grades & Transcripts
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.
Schools providing direct credit for SFS programs:
Arizona State University
Belmont Abbey College
Cedar Crest College
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
Franklin & Marshall College
Iowa State University
Mount Holyoke College
North Carolina State University
The Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Pacific Lutheran University
Pennsylvania State University at State College
Purdue University at West Lafayette
Rochester Institute of Technology
Santa Clara University
Southern Methodist University
Texas Tech University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of Wisconsin at Madison
University of Redlands
University of San Francisco
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
University of Connecticut at Storrs
University of Denver
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of Utah
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Western Oregon University
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.
Becoming an SFS Campus Rep
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!
Info Repaying your SFS Loans & Outstanding Balances
Loan Repayment Policies
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.
Policy Regarding Outstanding Tuition Balances
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.
Policy Regarding Other Outstanding Fees
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.
Please contact Joan Cluster at 978.219.5109 or email@example.com for all questions regarding your SFS loans, tuition balances and/or other outstanding fees.
As part of your award contract, all School for Field Studies Scholarship recipients are required to write a report to SFS and their scholarship sponsors. The perfect time to begin writing your scholarship report is while your SFS experience is still fresh in your mind. Don’t wait until the last minute!
Support for the SFS Student Scholarship and Loan Fund comes from donors who have a keen interest in education and the environment and are committed to providing young people from the U.S. with an opportunity to work alongside local communities to sustainably manage their natural resources. The scholarship reports that our donors receive from SFS students provide an important personal link to the current SFS experience and motivate donors to continue, and in many cases increase, their scholarship support. The report that you write will have a direct impact on the ability of future students to participate in SFS programs. We truly appreciate your participation in these efforts.
Please submit your report via email as an attachment to Marta Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you have any questions. We are very grateful for your help in ensuring the future of the SFS Student Scholarship and Loan Fund.
This report is the final requirement of your scholarship award. Your report should be approximately two to three pages in length. Please include your full name, home school, semester, location, and year.
The scholarship report is not a research paper, but rather a personal account of your experiences. Your report should convey to your sponsor the benefits you received from your SFS experience.
For your report, please choose one of the following topics:
An overall reflection on the entire SFS experience with an emphasis on what you have gained from the experience. Some areas you could cover include:
Local environmental problems and your role in addressing these issues
Field work and directed research
Your interactions with the local community
How your understanding of yourself and your relationship with the environment has developed
How SFS has influenced your future goals
A detailed account of one meaningful experience, including reflection on why this event is significant to your personal or professional growth.
internships at sfs
Consider taking the next step of your career as an SFS intern. You’ll gain valuable experience in the day-to-day running of an international field research station and study abroad program, including academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management, and site maintenance. Learn more!
Share your SFS experience!
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.
How to List SFS on Your Resume
You gained important skills and knowledge during your time abroad with SFS, but you might not be sure how to best display them on your resume. Here are a few examples.