IFS provides students with the unique opportunity for hands-on, outdoor, environmental education. 

Offering trips that range in length from one week to one semester, subjects such as marine biology, botany, ornithology, geology, archaeology, oceanography, or ichthyology can be covered individually as areas of specialization or comprehensively in a broad overview of subtropical ecology.  

There are many topics to be explored in the social sciences as there is a rich culture and interesting history embodied in the people the island.