The School for Field Studies / SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Studies

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The School for Field Studies (SFS) Marine Resource Studies study abroad program in the Turks & Caicos Islands gives students an opportunity to learn to identify and observe the behavior of marine species, assess coastal and marine habitats, ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.6
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It was incredibly worthwhile. I gained a solid foundation in marine biology and a lot of hands on experience in the field. I really loved my research project while on South and I will be continuing to be active in that research going forward which is also so very exciting. I have friends that will last a lifetime and memories... A student - Brandeis University
May 27, 2015 #South Rocks
I learned about who am I without social pressures that we have here in America while learning valuable information about my degree. I was able to learn about species that we did not cover in Maine and actually see their impacts firsthand. I was also able to have a research project that will be used to benefit the local lobster f... Ashley R - University of Maine - Orono
Studying abroad in the Turks and Caicos was a very worthwhile experience. I loved the opportunities for experiential learning and field work, as well as the opportunity to conduct research. A student - Wellesley College
Everything. It was absolutely great. Traci H - Wellesley College
August 09, 2013 Adventure Adventure!
I learned so much from this experience! This program was very academically oriented and I felt like I learned so much more with all the hands on experience! The locals were always fun to be around and being next to the ocean and all the marine wildlife was spectacular! I would do it again in a heartbeat! A student - Austin College
A student studying abroad with SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Management Studies
I gained a lot of experience about different research techniques, as well as a lot of strategies to live more simply. It was definitely worthwhile and I would love to go back! Kat M - University of San Diego
Impacted my cultural understanding and gave me field experience in marine research Laura S - Dickinson College
This experience re-excited my love for Marine Science and made me look at the world in a totally new way. It made me realize how much I want to do field research! Amanda G - University of San Diego
It was a major cultural exchange and I found a new love...SCUBA diving! Logan B - Skidmore College
What I loved the most was being able to be in the water and out in the field everyday. In addition, I really enjoyed interacting with the local community through basketball, swim lessons, and evening activities. I am currently working for the National marine fisheries service as an at-sea monitor on commercial fishing boats,... Aubrey E - Franklin & Marshall College
I have become more open to trying new things and jumping into them. I am much more of an environmentalist now as well. Sarah C - Smith College
My experience in the Turks and Caicos was amazing. I loved having the opportunity to live in and learn about the island and the country as a whole. There are so many things about it that you could only learn by experiencing yourself. Linda V - Clark University
I gained technical knowledge (snorkeling, scuba diving with data collection purpose), hands on knowledge about marine ecology (fish identification, ecological understanding of the marine environment) and awareness of some of the political/social complications involved in managing marine resources. It has added insight into my fu... Simone S - Austin College
June 06, 2015 A Unique Experience
I truly learned a lot about myself and what makes me happy. It may not have been the most amazing three months of my life but I would say it changed me for the better. Catherine E B - Wellesley College
A student studying abroad with SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Management Studies
January 31, 2014 Semester Of A Lifetime!
I learned that I want to spend the rest of my life working with corals and scuba diving!! I also learned that I can thrive in rustic living conditions. SFS CMRS is 100% worthwhile and I would do it again in a heartbeat! A student - Clark University - Worcester
How to talk to people about difficult topics. Working with the locals and helping change their perspective on sustainability. A student - Brandeis University
I learned a lot not only about the marine environment but about the Turks and Caicos Islands and the people that live there. It was a very intensive program that fully integrated you into the community and the environment. A student - Brandeis University
A student studying abroad with SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Management Studies
It is not possible to list all that i gained and learned from my experience abroad. Not only did I learn factual information about my host country, the Caribbean and my field of study, but I also learned practical knowledge about how to be a scientist, write different types of reports, analyze and present data, and teach. Addit... A student - Fairfield University
A student studying abroad with SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Management Studies
July 14, 2012 Spectacular Program
Confidence in myself and much improved science-writing skills Liz W - Austin College
It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, solidifying my interest in marine biology and field research. It was not an experience that I would have gotten anywhere else. Karissa L - Clark University
A student studying abroad with SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Management Studies
Yes! It was great. It made me completely infatuated with the ocean. Serena G - Clark University
A student studying abroad with SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Management Studies
My experience was wonderful. I am a journalism major previously only interested in marine conservation as a hobby/interest, but now I hope to shift my focus more towards using my journalism degree to promote marine conservation. Alexis B - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
My semester sparked my enthusiasm for ocean conservation and marine biology. I bought home countless experiences that I could not have done while at my home institution, friends that I would not have otherwise met, and a foundation for a future in marine biology. I couldn't be happier. Chase G - Davidson College
It was an amazing experience and while it wasn't always perfect it was the challenging parts that made the overall experience so great. Tricia W - University of Denver
A student studying abroad with SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Management Studies
I was able to confront a lot of stereotypes, both about Americans and about the Caribbean lifestyle. I occasionally have to defend my study abroad program to others, because it certainly was academically challenging, as well as in a beautiful environment. Like I said, I'll be going back to school partly because of how SFS inspir... Jen C - New York University

About

The School for Field Studies (SFS) Marine Resource Studies study abroad program in the Turks & Caicos Islands gives students an opportunity to learn to identify and observe the behavior of marine species,
assess coastal and marine habitats, quantify fisheries resources, and
analyze implications of fishery policies
. Through field observation, exercises, and research, students learn
the concepts and skills needed to understand marine ecosystems and
island community dynamics. Snorkeling and scuba diving in waters
surrounding South Caicos, students learn field research techniques to
identify a wide range of marine organisms and habitats, and learn about
marine ecology, island communities, and marine resource management.

Program Type(s):
Research
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Fisheries Science, Fisheries Management
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • Marine Sciences
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Natural Sciences
  • Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
Minimum GPA:
2.8
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The School for Field Studies / SFS Scholarships

All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards. SFS will work with you and your home school to understand and meet your financial need.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards.

This need-based scholarship is available for students with a cultural and/or ancestral connection to the country in which they plan to study abroad with SFS.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be considered for the need-based Heritage Scholarship, students must complete a personal statement indicating how they qualify for this award.

SFS seeks to broaden and strengthen the participation of traditionally underrepresented minority students in all of its programs. The SFS Diversity Scholarship is one of the ways we broaden the participation of underrepresented groups of students in study abroad. For SFS, underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, students who identify with a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. Underrepresented groups also include first generation college students and students from low income families.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must explain how participation in an SFS program would broaden the diversity of the program.

SFS matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SFS semester programs to students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SFS program.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Students must complete the SFS Financial Aid Application in order to receive this award.

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