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The School for Field Studies
Atenas, Costa Rica; Atherton Tablelands, Australia; Bocas del Toro, Panama; Bumthang, Bhutan; Pilcopata, Madre de Dios, Peru; Rhotia, Tanzania; Siem Reap, Cambodia; South Caicos Island, Turks and Caicos Islands; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall-Affiliates,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Hollins applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 Eligible majors: Biology, Environmental Studies
Class eligibility: junior year, sophomore year Language of instruction: English
Language requirements: None Other eligibility requirements: See brochure below for details.
Academic Focus: Biology, Environmental Studies Housing: Field stations
Other available features: Community Service Options On-site orientation: Yes
Supplemental application required:
Program Description:

The School for Field Studies 

Through Hollins' affiliation with the School for Field Studies, Hollins science majors can get hands-on, research-based experience in ecology, environmental issues, and sustainable development in environmentally sensitive areas around the world. The School's programs are designed to train students to engage in field research that addresses the environmental problems and needs of local communities.

Affiliate Program Pre-Departure Guide



Australia There are several program locations, each with a different focus. They include Costa Rica (sustainable agriculture and natural resources development),British West Indies (marine resource studies), Kenya (wildlife ecology and management studies), and Australia (tropical rainforest management studies). Each field station offers four required courses--one in local ecology, one in resource management, one in economic issues and sustainable development, and one in directed research. Some programs also offer two-credit courses in the local language or culture

Class days are spent in a combination of lectures, field trips, field exercises, and research. Students are taught by resident faculty, who are experienced teachers and research scientists with extensive knowledge of the local cultures. Government officials, resource managers, and local professors, and other local experts may also take part in instruction.

Credit for most courses is issued through the biology department. All courses are subject to the registrar's course approval process.

Housing and Meals


Students at the School for Field Studies take classes, live, and eat at the program's field stations and do their research at nearby sites. Students share housing, meals, classes, and free time with other members of the group and are involved in the day-to-day operation of the field station so must be able and willing to get along well with others in close quarters. Kenya

What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Program-related ground transportation and entry fees
  • Field equipment and supplies
  • Orientation on Hollins campus and at program site
  • Comprehensive health insurance while abroad
  • International Student ID Card

What is NOT Covered by the Comprehensive Fee

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Personal and independent travel expenses


  • Junior status
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher overall and in science courses
  • Two terms of college-level biology with at least a B average
  • Two terms of college-level Spanish (Costa Rica only)
  • No major disciplinary infractions

Applicants are also evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences. Hollins recommends approved candidates to the School for Field Studies. SFS makes final admissions decisions.**

**Please note: In addition to the Hollins application, you must also apply directly to SFS for acceptance into this program.  



This program is currently not accepting applications.