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School for Field Studies

Please note: Application through Hollins is open to Hollins University students only.

Through our affiliation with the School for Field Studies, Hollins science majors can get hands-on, research-based experience in ecology, environmental issues, and sustainable development in environmentally sensitive areas around the world. The School's programs are designed to train students to engage in field research that addresses the environmental problems and needs of local communities. Faculty are experienced teachers and research scientists with extensive knowledge of the local cultures. Students at the School for Field Studies take classes, live, and eat at the field stations and do their research at nearby sites. Each site has its own research topic which is selected based on local issues, so a student’s research experience will be culturally embedded and highly relevant.

Enrollment in this program is open to qualified junior science majors or minors, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a GPA of at least 3.0 in science courses, and strong preparatory work in biology. Enrollment at the Costa Rica site also requires completion of two semesters of introductory Spanish or the equivalent.

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