Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

SFS - The School for Field Studies Programs: Australia, Costa Rica, Panama or Turks and Caicos

 

 

Program Locations: Australia, Costa Rica, Panama, Turks & Caicos Islands (See maps and detailed information on each country courtesy of CIA World Factbook.)
Duration: Spring or Fall

Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

 

Overview of SFS Programs

Students from many disciplines are offered the opportunity to join field research projects. The School for Field Studies welcomes a diverse group of students that will promote an atmosphere open to different cultures and perspectives. The interdisciplinary, experiential, problem-solving approach to education is designed to train students to learn by doing. While engaging in high-quality field research, students learn the value of experiencing another culture, collaborating with fellow students, and developing workable solutions with the local community. Students are given the opportunity to work side-by-side with an international research team and learn state-of-the-art research skills.

SFS semesters are designed to train students to become competent field researchers. Directed Research projects will be identified for each student who will then be trained to carry out the projects through three courses delivered in a case study format.

The following are the Clark-affiliated SFS Program Locations

  • Australia - Center for Rainforest Studies
  • Costa Rica - Center for Sustainable, Development Studies
  • Turks & Caicos Islands - Center for Marine, Resource Studies
  • Panama - Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies

Clark Credit

Participating students receive at least four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is sucessfully completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Faculty provide the core lectures needed to understand the content areas pertinent to the case study and research questions. These may include: ecology, natural resource management, socioeconomics and policy, and directed research. Students are enrolled in four courses of four credits each, including the Directed Research project. This translates into one full Clark semester, or four Clark units. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.

Eligibility

All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the SFS programs eligiblity requirements. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to SFS. There is a one-time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill. You will be billed by SFS directly for your room and board/Fees. Books, non-academic fees, visa (if necessary), and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at the site for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs 2015-16

  • Room and Board/Fees - $5250 Australia; $4800 Costa Rica; $4490 Panama; $4980 Turks and Caicos
  • Deposit for Housing and Meals - $1000 (This deposit is due no later than 10 days after acceptance to reserve your place in the program. It will be deducted from your final bill.)
  • Personal Expenses - $1000 - $1600
  • Airfare - $2000 (Australia); $550 (Costa Rica); $600 (Panama); $400 (Turks and Caicos)
  • Books and Supplies - $75 - $200
  • Local Transportation - $175

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

School for Field Studies

Australia

Costa Rica

Turks & Caicos

Panama

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363 or studyabroad@clarku.edu.

Any information on this page is subject to change.