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Tanzania

Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania

The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester program in Tanzania allows students to examine the drivers of habitat degradation and land-use change, as well as the implications...

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Tanzania

Techniques for Wildlife Research in Tanzania

The School for Field Studies (SFS) program gives students the opportunity to learn a suite of wildlife field techniques and methods routinely used to assess wildlife ecology...

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Australia

Tropical Rainforest Studies in Australia

The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester program in Queensland, Australia, provides exciting opportunities for students to study and work hands-on in rainforest management...

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Tanzania

Wildlife Management and Conservation in Tanzania

The School for Field Studies (SFS) Wildlife Management & Conservation program gives students an opportunity to gain an understanding and evaluation of protected areas management...

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester program in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) provides students with the opportunity to learn about tropical marine ecology, evaluate...

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Panama

Tourism & Island Systems in Panama

This course introduces students to the study of tourism via a historical and ecological understanding of Bocas del Toro. Students examine the challenges presented by a growing...

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Costa Rica

Applied Research Techniques & Sustainability in Costa Rica

The School for Field Studies (SFS) program gives students the opportunity to learn about the ecological, natural resource management, and socioeconomic factors impacting

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Bhutan

Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition in Bhutan

The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester program in Bhutan gives students a broad exposure to the core areas of environment, culture, development, and governance. Students...

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Applied Marine Research Techniques, Turks and Caicos Islands

The School for Field Studies (SFS) summer program in the Turks & Caicos Islands gives students an opportunity to learn about developing scientific approaches to identify

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Cambodia

Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change in Cambodia

The School for Field Studies (SFS) program in Cambodia gives students an understanding of the complexity of Cambodia’s struggle to balance biodiversity, development, and...

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Peru

Biodiversity & Development in the Andes-Amazon in Peru

The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester program in Peru provides students with an understanding of the conflicts and synergies of conservation and development in western...

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Panama

Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies in Panama

The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester program in Bocas del Toro provides students with an exciting opportunity to conduct research and explore the rural Caribbean and...

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Tropical Marine Ecosystems in Turks and Caicos Islands

The School for Field Studies (SFS) Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management summer program provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of...

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Australia

Techniques for Rainforest Research in Australia

The School for Field Studies (SFS) Techniques for Rainforest Research summer program gives student an opportunity to learn the skills required to design and implement research...

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The School for Field Studies Reviews

Overall Rating

6 / 10

  • Social Life

    6

  • Health and Safety

    6

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    4

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Academics

    6

Educational, life-enriching, mind-expanding, fun, and exciting.

I chose this program because I am a Biology Major--a chance to do field studies abroad.

My memorable experience was searching for the endangered cassowary bird.

Program: Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    6

An unforgettable experience of Africa.

Mt. Kilimanjaro served as the backdrop for many of our field drives in Amboseli National Park. The timing of our trips, an early beginning to the wet season as it were, obscured many carnivores from being found. For those who are unaware, an unfenced park such as Amboseli may serve as a dry-season refuge for the wildlife. When the rains return, the animals migrate out and into the community areas. We were lucky to be in the park on the day of one of the most famous of these migrations: the elephant migration. Cars idling, the air hot and humid, and our breaths shallow we watched hundreds of elephants cross just meters ahead of us. Behind us, Kilimanjaro stood proudly, not a cloud for kilometers to block its view. We were literally living the moment shown in postcards (be wary though, if you see a postcard in Tanzania with Kilimanjaro and elephants, it was actually taken in Amboseli National Park, Kenya), and if for one day the beauty of the largest of land herbivores reigned dominant over all others.

I chose it for the location, the immerse home-stay aspect, the language (Swahili) classes, and the research opportunity.

Program: Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania

Overall Rating

6 / 10

  • Social Life

    6

  • Health and Safety

    6

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    4

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Academics

    6

Intense, Fun, Different, Wild, Unforgettable

My most memorable experience was when I was camping in the Serengeti for a week. We all hadn't showered in days (there was no shower at our campsite), we were exhausted from the long days and the nights filled with lions roaring in the distance. Although tired, I was always energized when I woke up each morning thinking, "Wow, I'm camping in the Serengeti!" It's amazing to think that a place you had only seen on Animal Planet would suddenly be your home for a week, and that the animals that you thought you would never see outside a zoo would suddenly be all around you. Zebras were as common as deer are in New England, USA. We would have to carefully watch our food or baboons and vervet monkeys would sneak over and steal it, even out of your hands! My whole semester was full of memorable experiences, but camping in the Serengeti was by far the most "wow" moment that I have had on any of my travels.

I chose my program because it was in a non-traditional location and because it had a wildlife focus (I majored in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology). I also was interested in the field studies aspect of the program, as I have experienced how important it is, particularly in wildlife biology, to get hands-on experience out in the world, in the wild, in the field. Although I sometimes wish I could have studied abroad again and focused more on my French language skills, this experience was a milestone for me in discovering who I am in the world and who I'd like to be.

Program: Tropical Rainforest Studies in Australia

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Social Life

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Academics

    9

Hakuna Matata

My most memorable experience is the 5 day camping expedition to Serengeti National Park. We spent a this time performing field research each day on all animals. We attended guest lectures with people that were working on special projects within the park as well. Also, playing soccer nearly everyday after classes with the local people with a view of the sunset of Ngorongoro Crater on one side of the field and a view of Moyo Hill on the other.

I am a Biology major who was able to get 2 sciences courses in and completed my capstone (directed research) abroad. I also wanted to go abroad to a country where English was not the first language, I would be living simply, and I would be exposed to a new culture.

We lived inside a field station in which each student lived in a room with 2 bunk beds for 2 students with a private bathroom for each. There was one classroom for all the classes located inside the camp.

Program: Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Hakuna Matata

I really enjoyed my time at this program. We spent most of our time in the field as most of our classes were done on safari or interviewing local people. We would take take the knowledge we learned in lectures and apply it to the field. This program was science intensive, but very doable for students coming from other majors. Professors were knowledgeable and passionate about the topics they were teaching. There was only one course on cultural immersion, since it was mostly science based. One course allowed for learning Swahili along with a one day home stay and visits to the different local tribes of the area. Each day was constant learning and new experiences that forced me to lived in the moment to try to take in all that this country had to offer.

Program: Wildlife Management and Conservation in Tanzania

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