Field Schools

Field schools are offered in the Summer, Fall and Spring terms, with destinations varying from year to year.

For Summer 2021, Field Schools will be delivered in virtual formats. Virtual Field Schools are a new, accessible way to internationalize your degree and resume while gaining SFU credit. 

Virtual Field Schools offer opportunities to:

Build your network abroad

Connect with professors, industry professionals, SFU peers, and peers in your field of study around the globe. Develop connections for future travel or study abroad.

Learn through experience

Study through global experiential learning formats including working on virtual teams, learning from industry experts, or engaging in virtual simulations.

Gain international perspective on your degree

Study your subject matter through a new lens, or study a new subject area in an immersive way.

Develop global competencies valued by employers

Develop your creative problem-solving and intercultural communication skills.

Participate in multiple international education programs during your SFU degree

Depending on eligibility, students may participate in a field school, exchange or short-term summer program before or after a virtual field school.

A Field School can be described as an extended field trip, or an off-campus delivery of SFU courses for a group of 10 - 20 students. Most Field Schools are full term programs, directed by an SFU instructor, consisting of 9 to 12 units of selected courses.

On a field school you will undertake a combination of coursework, assignments, and field studies intended to integrate learning with the location. Generally, programs begin at an SFU campus and then continue overseas. You will pay a program fee which covers most of the in-country costs of the program.


Learn how much it costs to go on a field school, and view funding options. 

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