A Field School can be described as an extended field trip, group study tour, or an off-campus delivery of Simon Fraser University courses for a group of 10 - 20 students. Each Field School is a full term program, directed by an SFU instructor, consisting of 9 to 12 units of selected courses. Students undertake a combination of coursework, assignments, and field studies allowing them to integrate their learning with the location. Generally, programs begin at an SFU campus and students continue their studies overseas. Tuition, shared accommodation, field excursions, and in country transportation are included in the field school program fees.

Field schools are offered in the Summer (May - August), Fall (September - December) and Spring (January - April) terms, with destinations varying from year to year.