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Turks & Caicos Program Information

Please see the student Field Preparation Guide for more detailed information about the Center.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport to enter all of the countries where our programs take place. Students must make certain that their passports are valid until six months after the program ends. If necessary, please renew it as soon as possible.

When you arrive at the Turks and Caicos Islands (on Providenciales), you will need to go through immigration and will need to present your passport in order to be issued a 30-day visitor’s pass.  This visitor's pass may need to be renewed monthly throughout the semester. Cost per each additional month renewal is approximately US$50; please plan ahead for this total cost of up to US$150. Students who are not citizens of the U.S., Britain, or Canada should contact SFS to see if visa arrangements need to be made prior to the start of the program.  Semester students who are not U.S. citizens are urged to obtain visas for potential vacation spots (during the mid-semester break) before leaving for the program.



Letters to the Turks and Caicos from the U.S. normally take three to six weeks to arrive. Please avoid sending packages to the Center. Package service is very slow, and a considerable nuisance for the recipient. Students will be liable for all applicable customs duty when they receive a package. The sender will have filled out a declaration of value; duty is likely to be 40% of this amount. Invoices or sales slips should be enclosed in the package as proof of value. All packages will be opened and examined by customs officers. Do not to send mail to students in the last month of the program, as it will not arrive before they leave and will not be returned or forwarded.

If a package must be sent, SFS encourages that the package be sent using FedEx as this carrier typically takes the least amount of time. Be aware that not only will there be charges for tax and duty, but there will be an additional carrier charge to cover the cost of the package being sent from the Providenciales FedEx office to South Caicos. Students must pay all charges before your package can be released to them.

Regular mail should be sent to the following address:
Student name
The School for Field Studies
P.O.  Box 007, South Caicos
Turks & Caicos Islands
British West Indies

Express mail can be sent (FedEx is recommended) to the following address:

Student Name
The School for Field Studies
c/o Heidi Hertler
1 West Street
South Caicos
Turks & Caicos Islands
British West Indies



The Center has a student telephone to which students will have access for incoming calls only. Outgoing calls are not possible. Calls to the student phone at the Center should be made to 649-332-3364.  Alternatively, students can buy a local SIM card to use with a personal cell phone or buy a local cell phone ($60) on South Caicos. Students’ phones must not be locked to a network in order to use it with a local SIM card. Students can get reasonably priced phone cards to load onto cell phone to call the U.S. It is much cheaper for family and friends to call the Center student phone than it is for students to call the USA from the Center; however, past students recommend buying a local cell phone and phone cards as the best way to regularly keep in touch by phone. The student network connection is not strong enough to support the use of Skype, so please do not attempt to use it.


Internet access and email are available for students 24-hours-a-day at the Center to support research and educational work. The Internet is subject to frequent outages and slow connections and students are asked not to use the small amount of bandwidth for anything other than basic email and research.