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SFS: Turks & Caicos, Marine Resource Studies (Third Party)

The Program

The School for Field Studies (SFS) Center for Marine Resource Studies is exploring ways to improve the sustainability of exploited marine resources and the protection of the near pristine coral reef ecosystem at South Caicos. Our research monitors the stocks of lobster and conch, the condition of coral reefs and the populations of reef fish. Our goal is to provide the local community and tourism developers with advice that will help sustain the traditional fishing economy. As well as minimize the environmental impacts of growing tourism on the terrestrial and marine environments.

The Academics

Semester students are registered in four academic courses accredited through Boston University:

Tropical Marine Ecology,
Principles of Resource Management,
Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values,
and Directed Research.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
MARN 4893 Foreign Study: Applied Marine Research Techniques SFS 3560 Applied Marine Research Techniques 4 12/31/2020

The Experience

Students quickly become involved with the community spending time with local residents, fishermen, and resource managers. Community activities may include:

  • Weekly soccer and basketball matches, which attract enthusiastic crowds, as SFS teams challenge local teams for the coveted tournament trophy.
  • School volunteer projects such as tutoring, working with high school Science and Math Club.
  • Hosting SEA DAY at our field station to introduce elementary students to the marine environment.
    Recent Center Contributions
  • Lobster, conch and finfish stock levels assessment, which have provided
  • important information for government agencies.
  • Natural resource workshop with the DECR and the National Park Service to provide TCI government workers with educational training about coral reefs, lobster biology, marine fishes. As well as turtles, sharks, whales and navigation.
  • Working with the DECR, National Park Service and local businesses to develop a protocol for coral reef monitoring and to share data about queen conch distribution.
  • Hosting or supporting public forums and activities attended by government officials and community members to facilitate communal problem-solving.
  • Applying baseline data collected with the AGRRA protocol survey to examine reef health trends, species interactions, and impacts of coral diseases.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Cockburn Harbour, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.8