|| QUICK FACTS
||Various locations including Australia, Africa, and South America
|Autumn Semester, Spring Semester
||Up to 24 UW credits available per semester
||Sophomore standing or above by time of departure; min 2.75 GPA
||See specific program for details
||Instruction in English
||Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org
| Application Deadline
||See program for details: apply directly through SFS
||The School for Field Studies offers students unique opportunities to practice hands-on research techniques in the field. Programs focus on environmental topics and range from Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania to Rainforest Studies in New Zealand.
About The School for Field Studies
The School for Field Studies (SFS) creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Their educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship. They envision a sustainable world where people understand the complex connections between humans and nature, participate in the responsible stewardship of the environment, and thrive within healthy ecosystems.
Get ready to be amazed, challenged, and transformed when you leave a traditional college classroom and join The School for Field Studies (SFS) in the field for a semester or summer undergraduate study abroad program experience.
The remote locations in which they operate, from the world-class national parks of East Africa and pristine Caribbean coral reefs to World Heritage rainforests and the lush Himalayan mountain ridges, offer some of the most important and bio-diverse ecosystems in the world. They are your classrooms with boundless opportunities for learning and personal growth.
An SFS undergraduate study abroad program begins with identifying the critical environmental issues that often plague these natural wonders. Coral reef degradation from encroaching tourism in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the effects of climate change on Australia’s tropical rainforests, and human/wildlife land-use conflicts in Kenya all threaten complex networks that humans and wildlife alike depend upon for habitat and resources.
Their unique environmental programs and rigorous academic curriculums are designed to make students reach across disciplines and draw the connections between social and natural systems. What do Buddhist monks think about timber production in Bhutan? How do government officials in Costa Rica balance the need for biodiversity conservation and economic growth? Are commercial fishers in the Turks and Caicos able to benefit from protection of the same species they bring to market?
In grappling with these types of questions in the field students may sometimes get dirty and wet, trek far along mountain ridges, or spend long afternoons in a Land Cruiser or a dive boat. Students will meet and interact with a variety of characters from Maasai hunters and Bhutanese weavers to government officials and children during a pick-up game of soccer. Students may see the only tree-climbing lions in the world, glimpse a pod of migrating whales off in the distance, spot the elusive cassowary (a rarely seen bird) you’ve been waiting for all semester in Australia, and discover other charismatic creatures.
The School for Field Studies' approach to education is practical as much as it is experiential. An SFS study abroad experience will not only take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you physically, intellectually, and culturally, but also equip you with a valuable toolkit to apply in any context.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The IPE Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage.
These study abroad programs require completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider. Applications can be found on The School for Field Studies' website and should be submitted directly to them.
See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.
See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.
Visit SFS's website to learn more about their programs