The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to vibrant coral reefs, dramatic sea walls, and a deep ocean trench, which together sustain a stunning diversity of sea life. These marine ecosystems are critical to the fisheries-driven local economy, but they are under enormous pressure from coastal development, a rising demand for seafood, and the impacts of climate change.
|Location||South Caicos Island, Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Term||Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||School for Field Studies|
|GPA||2.8 for semester, 2.6 for summer|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.
Marine Resource Studies: Engage in research helping to provide the local government, community, and tourism developers with recommendations that will help sustain the economic, social, and ecological stability of South Caicos.
You will enroll in four courses for a total of 16 credits:
Session I: Fundamentals of Marine Conservation: Snorkel and dive among incredible marine ecosystems, learn about the environmental issues and policies affecting them, and gain the skills needed to conduct research in collaboration with members of the community. (SFS 3530: Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management, 4 credits)
Session II: Marine Megafauna: Study sharks, whales, turtles, and rays in the waters surrounding South Caicos. Learn about the ecology and conservation of these and other ‘marine megafauna’ through field lectures, snorkel and/or dive sessions, and capture-tag-track exercises. (SFS 3131: Marine Megafauna Ecology and Conservation, 4 credits)
SFS grants admission to programs on a rolling basis as long as space is available, so there is no application deadline. You are welcome to apply for programs up to one year in advance of the program start date. Early submissions are strongly encouraged as some programs fill to capacity.
The in-person orientation takes place on a Friday afternoon towards the end of each semester for students departing in the upcoming term(s). You will receive specific details for the date/time/location of the in-person pre-departure orientation as it gets closer.
Find your Affiliate program fee
UofM students on SFS programs receive an automatic fee reduction of $3,000 for semester, $600 for summer sessions 6 or more weeks in length and/or sequential summer programs, and $300 for summer sessions 4 weeks in length. UofM students can also take advantage of SFS's financial aid, in the form of scholarships, grants, and zero- or low-interest loans.
Add International Health Insurance
Multiply the number of months you will be away by $45.
Subtract Affiliate Fee Reduction
Visit the Affiliate Program Fees to determine the fee reduction you receive for being a University of Minnesota student.
Based on these additional services and benefits, the total program fee may be higher than the affiliate's published program fee.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See the School For Field Studies website for term options|
|Program Name||School for Field Studies|
|Track Name||See the School for Field Studies website for track name|
|Country||Turks and Caicos Islands|
Submit to School for Field Studies:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toMolly Micheels or call at 612.624.3949.