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Education Abroad

ESF Partner Programs

ESF has partnered with multiple different study abroad providers to provide additional opportunities to ESF students. These opportunities are often intensive, field-based experiences which offer unique opportunities not available through traditional study abroad programs. These partner programs work with ESF to provide specific benefits to ESF students that can often include:

  • Application fee waivers
  • Preferential program placement
  • Additional financial aid assistance
  • Automatic scholarship awards
  • Guaranteed credit transfer


ESF is happy to partner with the following study abroad providers:

School for Field Studies

The School for Field Studies operates ten field centers around the world which offer students the unique opportunity to engage in coursework and field work related to various environmental issues. Each center has a slightly different focus, although all are dedicated to promoting sustainable environmental stewardship and conservation. ESF students have participated in SFS programs in Cambodia (focus on Conservation and Development Studies), Costa Rica (focus on Sustainable Development Studies), and Tanzania (focus on Wildlife Management). Visit their website for details on all their programs to find the one that best fits your interests and goals.

Round River Conservation Studies

If you enjoy backpacking, camping, and the idea of living in a tent in another country for a few months while participating in ongoing conservation efforts, Round River may be the program for you!  They are, first and foremost, a conservation organization which emphasizes building long-lasting, sustainable partnerships with local communities in select areas. Their study abroad programs offer students the opportunity to take part in ongoing projects and research and to learn about conservation work firsthand. ESF students have participated in programs in Botswana (Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation Planning), Patagonia (Adventures in Conservation), and Mongolia (Wildlife Monitoring and Exploration). Visit their website for information on all their programs.

SEA Semester

The Sea Education Association (SEA) offers a unique experience in which students live, work, and study on board a tall ship! Students start their studies in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, then set sail on voyages traveling in the Caribbean, New Zealand, Polynesia, and more.  Students conduct all the duties of sailing the ship, standing watch, collecting samples, and working in the shipboard lab. ESF students have sailed in the Caribbean, New Zealand, and Phoenix Islands. Visit their website to see all available voyages. Students who complete a semester program with SEA Semester can earn a minor in Marine Science (contact Kim Schulz at kschulz@esf.edu for more information).

Application Process and Costs

In order to take part in one of ESF's partner programs, students must both apply directly to that program as well as complete the ESF Off Campus Study Request process. It is recommended that students apply to these programs early, as there are limited spaces available and programs may fill.
Students participating in an ESF partner program will be responsible for paying all tuition and program fees directly to the study abroad provider.  Program costs will vary, and typically include almost all expenses including housing, meals, and in-country transportation. Therefore, students may expect to have lower out of pocket costs for the duration of the program. Students will not be charged ESF tuition for the semester they are abroad, but will generally remain eligible for some financial aid.