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The School for Field Studies / SFS: Turks and Caicos Islands - Marine Resource Studies
The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) provide students with the opportunity to learn the concepts and skills needed to understand marine ecosystems and island community dynamics. Snor... read more
I learned about interacting with cultures very different from my own. I also learned that working with the ocean is absolutely something I want to do with the rest of my life. Emma S - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
Made so many wonderful new friends and learned a lot in an awesome location. Best thing I did in college! Laura G - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
I learned just how independent I am and that stripping down to the basics is the most wonderful way to live. It was arguable the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. Dana B - Temple University View Entire Review
I feel like in the first month alone I learned so much and I also think that this a good experience for a person to really decided whether they are passionate about Marine science or not. You get to learn more about yourself as well as other people. Daria B - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
Impacted my cultural understanding and gave me field experience in marine research Laura S - Dickinson College View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
I have an invaluable understanding of the rigor of field research. I have an intimite knowledge of fish dissection and genus/species names. I have decided, after my SFS experience, to pursue a Ph.D. in marine science and policy. Emma F - Saint Michaels College View Entire Review
I wouldn't trade it for anything. Sevag M - University of California - Berkeley View Entire Review
SFS and my fellow students have helped me to grow in ways I never thought possible. My semester in the TCI was everything I could have wanted and so much more. I learned valuable field techniques, spent hours on end in the ocean, and really learned how to disconnect and focus on the important things. I did research that really m... Lindsey S - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
How to talk to people about difficult topics. Working with the locals and helping change their perspective on sustainability. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Everything. It was absolutely great. Traci H - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned things about myself, the people around me, and the world in general. This summer I saw how a lot of puzzle pieces fit together in conservation biology. I had some amazing nature related experiences in swimming with animals I have never seen before. I am very grateful we spent so much time in the water scuba diving and ... A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
Confidence in myself and much improved science-writing skills Liz W - Austin College View Entire Review
the culture opened me up and the knowledge i recieved drove me to land a job working for seaworld, now i work with marine mammals everyday! Matthew W - Fairmont State University View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
I gained a better understanding of problems in enforcing Protected Areas in general. I also learned about the importance of looking at the economic and social impacts of fisheries, tourism and changes in customs on the local people and surrounding environment. This experience has made me want to explore every inch of the ocean... Austen S - Wake Forest University View Entire Review
The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) provide students with the opportunity to 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 to identify and observe the behavior of marine species, assess coastal and marine habitats, and quantify fisheries resources through hours of training, observation, and study in the water.
Marine Resource Studies (SEMESTER PROGRAM): Students learn about tropical marine ecology, evaluate fisheries management and policies, and practice field research skills in one of the most pristine marine habitats in the tropical Western Atlantic. Through field observation, exercises, and research, students learn the concepts and skills needed to understand marine ecosystems and island community dynamics.
Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management (SUMMER PROGRAM): Students learn about key aspects of environmental assessment and management of tropical marine ecosystems and explore sustainable development strategies for the Turks and Caicos at a local and global scale. Students support the work of our clients and stakeholders, who range from local fishers to members of key government agencies.
Applied Marine Research Techniques (SUMMER PROGRAM): Students learn about developing scientific approaches to identify key problems affecting the health of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests that surround the island, and implement the scientific research process while contributing to a growing body of research that informs local marine conservation and resource management decisions.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Biology and Biomedical Sciences
- Fisheries Science, Fisheries Management
- Global Studies
- Marine Sciences
- Natural Resources and Conservation
- Natural Resources, Conservation
- Natural Resources Management
- Natural Sciences
- Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
- Zoology, Animal Biology
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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.
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.
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.
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.