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Welcome Parents and Families!

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Thank you for supporting your student in his or her pursuit of international, environmental education. With The School for Field Studies, your student sets out on a journey where he or she is asked to participate not as a passenger, but as a member of the crew. This begins with the preparation, and we ask students to take responsibility for their own preparation. We will provide them with the necessary tools, and they should use these tools and call or email SFS if they have additional questions. Taking an active role in all aspects of the program leads to greater learning and development, and a better experience for the student.

The Importance of Parental Support

If your student opts to study abroad with SFS, your support will be invaluable. Students count on parents to help them as needed with some of their pre-program planning, especially on issues such as travel, financial aid and billing, and health and safety. However, it is generally the case that the best prepared students in the field are those who were committed to being actively involved in their own preparation prior to departure. We understand that many students are inexperienced with international travel and all of the logistics involved. It is our intention to make the preparation process as straightforward as possible so that it easily can be managed even by the most inexperienced of student travelers.

Accepted students are provided with thorough materials to get them started in their preparations. In addition, each student is assigned an SFS Admissions Counselor who is available to provide guidance and answers to any questions that are not addressed in the acceptance materials or subsequent mailings. Please encourage your student to take an active role in preparing for the program—it will pay off in the long run!

As a parent or family member of an SFS student, we know that you have questions of your own. This section is designed to help you find out what's going on and connect you to the SFS community.


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