The School for Field Studies
The School for Field Studies Programs
The School for Field Studies (SFS) Wildlife Management & Conservation program gives students an opportunity to gain an understanding and evaluation of protected areas management...
The School for Field Studies (SFS) Costa Rica programs give students the opportunity to learn about the ecological, natural resource management, and socioeconomic factors...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
The School for Field Studies Reviews
Educational, life-enriching, mind-expanding, fun, and exciting.
Submitted by Sara Longsmith - Davidson College | August 01, 2014
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.
An unforgettable experience of Africa.
Submitted by Sydney Weyand - Franklin University Switzerland | July 09, 2014
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.
Intense, Fun, Different, Wild, Unforgettable
Submitted by Laura Zuelch - University of Vermont | July 08, 2014
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.
Submitted by Tesslee - Undisclosed | June 03, 2014
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.
Submitted by tesslee | June 01, 2014
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.