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  • Locations: South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/02/2019 01/27/2020 05/06/2020
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 03/16/2020 06/01/2020 07/01/2020
NOTE: Dates for Summer 2020 are still TBD but the summer sessions are 4 weeks long. Typically Summer Session 1 "Fundamentals of Marine Conservation" is the month of June and Summer Session 2 "Marine Megafauns" is July.
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 03/16/2020 08/31/2020 12/09/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Humphrey, Nicole Click here for a definition of this term Program Director:
Housing Options: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.8
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language:
Online Course Catalog Available: Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: School for Field Studies
Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: INTED Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct
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Program Description:

SFS TURKS & CAICOS: MARINE RESOURCE STUDIES (SEMESTER)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

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

OVERVIEW

On the island of South Caicos, spectacular marine ecosystems are still largely untouched by tourism and development. Spend a semester among the island’s incredible marine life as you conduct field exercises and research to study coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves. Evaluate fisheries resources and policies, meet with local residents, and analyze the impacts of climate change on the island ecosystems. Finish the semester by designing an in-depth research project and collecting data to help community members balance their rights and needs with the island’s conservation goals.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Go snorkeling and diving in the clear waters around South Caicos to conduct marine species identification exercises and parrotfish surveys.
  • Visit the Grotto and Shark Alley to see eagle rays up close, and study their behavior and population dynamics using photo tracking.
  • Take an excursion to the islands of Middle Caicos, North Caicos, and Providenciales to explore the variety of ecosystems in the TCI, including caves and protected wetlands.

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.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Climate change and ocean acidification
  • Tourism impacts
  • Commercial fisheries
  • Coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass ecosystems
  • Marine protected areas
 

CORE SKILLS

  • Coral health assessment
  • Marine species identification
  • BRUVS surveys
  • Underwater transects and quadrats
  • Natural resource valuation
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
 

SFS TURKS & CAICOS: FUNDAMENTALS OF MARINE CONSERVATION (SUMMER I)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session I
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session II)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
     

OVERVIEW

Spend your summer snorkeling and diving beneath the turquoise waters of South Caicos, studying rays, turtles, brilliantly colored fish, and other marine life – face to face. In this fundamentals course, you’ll learn about the environmental issues and policies affecting the island’s human and wildlife communities, while building the skills needed to conduct marine research and contribute to a more sustainable future for South Caicos.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT:
  • Lay underwater transects to assess the health of the island’s coral reefs, which are among the largest in the world and are home to diverse marine species including the valuable queen conch.
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.
 

SUMMER COMBINED

Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session.

SFS TURKS & CAICOS: MARINE MEGAFAUNA (SUMMER II)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session I)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
 

OVERVIEW

South Caicos is home to sharks, turtles, rays, and other charismatic marine “megafauna.” In this specialized summer program, you’ll see these incredible creatures up close while learning about their ecology and conservation through in-water field lectures, snorkel or dive sessions, and video tracking exercises.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT:
  • Deploy Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) and collect video footage of sharks and other predators to analyze species abundance and diversity inside and outside protected areas.
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.

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