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  • Locations: South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter/Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter/Spring 2024 10/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Provider: SFS (School for Field Studies) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Earth Sciences, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Geography & Geospatial Science, Marine Biology, Sociology, Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership, Zoology Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field study / research, Study abroad program Click here for a definition of this term Housing Option: Dormitory
Program Description:


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  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 16 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science, 2.7 GPA, 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Fall: May 1st. Spring: November 1st. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


Spend a semester on the island of South Caicos, where spectacular marine ecosystems are still largely untouched by tourism and development. Don your wetsuit and get to know a host of marine life while conducting research on coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves. Evaluate fisheries resources and policies while collecting data that helps community members balance their rights and needs with the island’s conservation goals.

  • Explore hidden beaches and one of the Caribbean’s largest cave systems on a multi-day expedition to Middle and North Caicos. Tour an old cotton plantation and learn about Indigenous histories on the islands.
  • PADI SCUBA certifications are available on this program.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Marine Resource Studies. The Center is a small converted hotel overlooking the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Spectacular sunsets, open-air facilities, warm sunshine, and a refreshing ocean breeze define this marine field station. A five-minute walk brings you to the small, historic town of Cockburn Harbour, where students and faculty frequently engage in community activities.


  • Marine ecology and conservation
  • Climate change and ocean acidification
  • Approaches to sustainable tourism and fisheries
  • Marine resource management
  • Traditional island livelihoods
  • Coral health and resilience
  • Costal management
  • Marine protected areas


  • Coral health assessment
  • Marine species identification
  • Underwater transects and quadrats
  • Video and photo tracking
  • Marine survey techniques
  • Habitat and biodiveristy assessment
  • Ecosystem services valuation
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
  • PADI certification (at an additional cost)





Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
Follow SFS on Instagram and Facebook
Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo

As an OSU student, you will receive an automatic $3,000 scholarship from SFS upon acceptance into this program. This scholarship will be in addition to other need-based aid opportunities also offered by SFS.