At the Ocean's Doorstep for a Semester January 10, 2022

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/31/2021 to 12/11/2021 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Huge focus on academic group-work and presentations, also being able to participate in real scientific research in the field was worthwhile for furthering a career in science.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Was not as possible during my semester due to safety concerns around the pandemic.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

It was an amazing semester, even with the ongoing pandemic


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20 to $50


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • the community of staff and students
  • fieldwork
* What could be improved?
  • more trust given to the students
  • better balance of workload
  • more engagement with the community
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the turks and caicos are not all touristy islands

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Tropical Marine Ecology

Course Department: Biology
Instructor: Caitlin O'brien
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very relevant for identifying organisms in the field and local ecosystems.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues
Course Name/Rating:

Environmental Policy

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Courtney Picket
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Amazing discussions about positionality and social sciences in relation to conservation issues.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues
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Resource Management

Course Department: Biology
Instructor: Kassandra Dudek
Instruction Language: English
Comments: No very challenging and content was not applied to the field well
Credit Transfer Issues: No Issues