The School for Field Studies / SFS: Panama - Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies

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The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in Bocas del Toro provides students with an exciting opportunity to conduct research and explore the rural Caribbean and the isthmus of Panama. Students assess the state of the archip... read more

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I gained a group of friends who care about the same things as me and have experienced living in the amazing town of Bocas. - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
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It was absolutely worth while. I learned a ton about science and the local environmental problems experienced in Panama. - Clark University - Worcester View Entire Review
February 08, 2018 Incredible
Life changing experiences - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with The School for Field Studies / SFS: Panama - Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
I learned great research skills and how to collaborate/share space with people better, I became dive certified, I traveled to Costa Rica for spring break and explored national parks, I saw my first wild shark, I became more passionate about the environment, and overall I just had a wonderful experience. It was incredibly worthwh... - Clark University - Worcester View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SFS: Panama - Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies
EVERYONE SHOULD STUDY ABROAD! It doesn't matter where you go, just go somewhere! This study abroad experience really helped me open my eyes to how different the world is from the U.S. I want to travel everywhere. - Elizabethtown College View Entire Review

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The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in Bocas del Toro provides students with an exciting opportunity to conduct research and explore the rural Caribbean and the isthmus of Panama. Students assess the state of the archipelago’s fragile natural habitats, define the main environmental issues, and understand community goals in natural resource management. Through coursework and research, students gain an understanding of the interdependence of livelihood strategies of island residents, population structure of key species, and habitat arrangements and conditions, and then apply sustainability principles to define potential management strategies.


  • Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies (SEMESTER PROGRAM): The central theme of the program is "islands as a delicate system," with emphasis on the resources of Panama’s coastal and marine environments. Students will explore several key interfaces: human and natural systems, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and conservation and development.

  • Tourism and Island Systems: Assessment of Sustainable Practices (SUMMER PROGRAM): 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 reliance on tourism for livelihoods and economic development. Students assess the impact of tourism on the natural environment within the context of the larger cultural, economic, and political dimensions. They learn about the complexities of creating environmental policies that both conserve the region's natural resources and support livelihoods and economic sustainability for local communities.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Economics
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Natural Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability Studies
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2.6
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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 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.

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.

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