Field Studies Programs

The ES Program encourages and supports students who consider pursuing environmental field studies programs and research opportunities beyond the limitations of our own curriculum. The ES program is proud to be affiliated with a large number of colleges and universities which offer academic credit to students while they participate in environmentally related field studies opportunities across the county and around the world.  At the bottom of this page is a list of some new scholarship and financial aid info for study abroad and field studies opportunities. 

The following is a list of some of the different programs past ES majors have participated in and have received and applied academic credit towards their major requirements. For more information on these or a similar programs, contact the specific program directly or visit with an ES Academic Advisor.

Experience Alaska Semester by the Bay <>
Semester by the Bay invites you to study for a semester on the shore of Kachemak Bay in beautiful Homer, Alaska, an area alive with opportunity for outdoor adventures and a rich local arts & cultural community. Are you interested in Marine Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Field Biology, or a similar field? Are you interested in Alaska or northern maritime communities and studying in a beautiful setting? If you answered yes to these questions….Semester by the Bay is for You! 

Northwest Connections, Montana Field Programs <>
Northwest Connections pioneers on-the-ground collaborative conservation and offers unique experiential learning opportunities in Montana. Northwest Connections accomplishes conservation projects that support both human economic activity and environmental stewardship.   Our field programs are interdisciplinary in nature and offer a balance of learning through field work, academic readings, presentations by staff and speakers, problem solving activities and personal reflection.

SEA Semester | Sea Education Association <>

SEA Semester is the leading off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on the ocean.  While the academic focus varies, each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme. Students become part of an unparalleled living and learning community. We look for motivated undergraduates who have a passion for learning and are inspired to take on real-world problems.

Semester at Sea <>
An opportunity for exploring the people, places and cultures of the world by studying and traveling aboard a ship. 

Tatoosh School <>
Tatoosh School offers enriching learning experiences through field-based university classes. Our programs examine the ecological and human dimensions of the landscape of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

The School for Field Studies <>
Provides hands-on, interdisciplinary education and environmental research while partnering with local communities around the globe.

The Sierra Institute, Wilderness Field Studies <>
Offers both science- and humanities- based field studies programs in California, the Midwest, Chile, and Belize.

Wildlands Studies Program <>
Wildlands Studies offers field based research courses in the world’s most remarkable ecosystems. Join us in fifteen different countries to learn field research, ecology, wildlife management, conservation and cultural geography. Students earn 5-15 upperdivision quarter credits that meet the ENVS Outside Concentration requirement and are eligible for financial aid. Very popular with UCSB students

Wild Rockies Field Institute <>Through the University of Montana, the Institute offers courses in the field in locations stretching from Alaska to Mexico. The emphasis is on thinking critically about environmental and social issues.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute <>
Promoting the conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Rockies through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education and restoration research.

Operation Wallacea <>
Research opportunities doing biodiversity monitoring and biological and wildlife conservation management research in remote locations across the world.

Some Scholarship & Financial Info for Study Abroad and Field Studies Programs

THE FUND FOR EDUCATION ABROAD provides grants and scholarships for students participating in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.
THE GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP offers grants targeted toward students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad and who already receive federal Pell Grants. 
THE GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA offers 28 merit-based scholarships in 12 areas: medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.
FREEMAN-ASIA supports U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia. Students accepted to an SFS program in Cambodia may be eligible for this award.