You must have at least one academic referee who is teaching you or has taught you in the past. They can be either a:
- SFU professor/instructor OR
- SFU graduate-level TA, SFU lab instructor, or professor from another university or college (for transfer students only)
Choose your reference(s). We recommend selecting a class you have done fairly well in. Also consider how well the professor knows you. For example, did you speak in class? Was it a large lecture, or small class size? Did you attend their office hours? How long ago was the class? How many classes have you had with them? Are they an advocate of study abroad or international research?
Your referee will be asked:
- How long they have known you and in what capacity
- The relevance of the field school to your career
- Areas of weakness
- Adaptability to new cultures
- An overall rating (potential, motivation, adaptability, maturity) of your suitability for a field school.
Contact your referee to request permission to send them an online reference request through the Study Abroad System. This should be requested as soon as possible to meet the application deadline.
When asking your referee to complete the online form, we suggest providing them with the following documents:
- Current transcript
- Brief statement about why you want to go on the field school
Once the referee agrees to be your academic reference, you can send them the online form through your application.
Your referee will receive the online form via email. You will receive an email once they have submitted their reference form, and the Study Abroad System will indicate that their reference is complete.
Note 1: The Field School Director may not act as your referee.
Note 2: For the Italia Design Field School, SIAT students who have completed (with a minimum of B+) or are completing IAT 233 and 338 do not need to submit an outside reference letter.
Note 3: For the dutchDesign Field School, SIAT students who have completed or are completing IAT 338 or IAT 438 do not need to submit a reference letter.
Upload one pdf document containing the following:
- Your most recent SFU advising transcript (using “Term view”)
- An official transcript from your institution, if you are applying as a visiting student
Field School Deposit Refund Policy
Please read and sign the Field School Deposit Refund Policy. On the online application, you will be required to upload a scanned copy of the signed Field School Deposit Refund Policy.
Field School Student Acknowledgment Form
The Field School Student Acknowledgment Form is a legal document which outlines the terms of your participation in the program. Please read, sign, and upload all five pages into a merged document. If you are under the age of 19 your parent or guardian must sign the form.
Download the Field School Student Acknowledgment (the document will be available soon)
Keep the original for your records. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the document.
Upload your standard 1-2 page resume (including education, employment history, volunteer experience and interests).
If you do not have a resume (or have one you’d like to update), we suggest you attend a workshop or meet with an advisor from SFU Career Services and then upload it for your field school application.
Upload a passport-style photo of yourself. Selfies are accepted as long as they meet the criteria listed (see image below).
Supported file formats: .jpeg, .gif, .png, or similar photo file (please do not submit a .pdf or .doc file)
A scanned copy of the photo page of your valid passport. Your passport must be valid for the time period covering the Field School AND for the subsequent six months. It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for the appropriate duration.
Passport about to expire or already expired? Upload a copy of the receipt you received when you applied for your renewal, or upload your expired/expiring passport and a document stating your name, student number, and details on when you will be applying for your renewal.
Don’t have a passport? Upload a copy of the receipt you received when you applied for your passport, or upload a document stating your name, student number, and details on when you will be applying for your passport.
Statement of Interest
In your application, you will be asked to respond to the following questions. Your answers will be typed directly into the Study Abroad System, no additional document is needed.
1: Why have you decided to apply for this field school program?
Include how this experience would benefit your degree and support your future academic, career and/or personal goals. (Up to 250 words)
2: How do you prepare for, and adapt to, new and challenging situations?
If you have had experiences that you think are relevant to your participation in the field school program -- either internationally or locally -- include these as examples. (Up to 250 words)
On the online application, you will be required to input referral information about how you heard about the Field School program. You will also be asked whether or not you have attended any Study Abroad advising and information sessions.
Once you have begun your online application, please pay your $250.00 deposit to International Services for Students (read Field School Deposit Refund Policy).
The deposit is used towards the program fees, and will only be refunded if the application is not accepted or the Field School is cancelled.
Payment can be made to International Services for Students with debit or credit card.
International Services for Students
Simon Fraser University
MBC 1200, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm.
We do not accept cash or personal cheques.
Your application will not be considered unless you have paid this $250.00 deposit by the application deadline.
In the Study Abroad (Formal Exchange or Field School) program application, SFU students may apply to the Suite of Study Abroad Awards. Students will submit one application in order to be considered for the full suite of awards, but only one International Mobility Award (IMA) will be awarded per student. IMA applications will first be considered for the highest value IMA eligible. Each award has its own eligibility and selection criteria, which are detailed on the application.
- Diamond Family International Mobility Award 2018-19
Awarded to undergraduate participants accepted into a formal undergraduate Exchange or Field School program intended to provide additional funding to assist with the costs of travel and living expenses while pursuing studies abroad.
Value: Multiple awards, valued at a minimum of $2000 each awarded in the 2018-2019 year.
- International Mobility Award (IMA): SFU Exchange and Field School Programs 2018-19
In an effort to support students who are participating in formal international Exchange or Field School programs, in addition to bursaries and scholarships, SFU has identified this additional funding to assist students with the costs of travel and living expenses while pursuing studies abroad. Multiple awards will be distributed in the 2018-19 year.
Value: Up to $1000
- Beedie Study Abroad Award (BSAA)
Beedie School of Business Student Exchange to a Business Preferred Partner 2018-19
The Beedie School of Business recognizes the impact of educating students within a global context, developing diversity in the academic community and encouraging students to extend their learning beyond our borders. To support our students studying abroad while on exchange, Beedie has provided funding to assist students with the costs of travel and living expenses abroad. Multiple awards will be distributed in the 2018-19 year.
Value: Up to $1000
- Lana Cooke International Mobility Award (IMA): SFU Exchange and Field School Programs 2018-19
In an effort to support Faculty of Applied Sciences students who are participating in a formal Exchange or Field School programs, in addition to bursaries and scholarships, SFU has identified this additional funding to assist students with the costs of travel and living expenses while pursuing studies abroad.
Value: A single award of at least $1000 will be distributed in the 2018-19 year.
Qualified students from institutions other than SFU are eligible to participate, but must first gain admission into SFU as visiting students. Visiting students must arrange for transfer credit with their home institution.
Please contact International Services for Students at email@example.com to inquire about the application procedure for visiting students.
All Field School participants will be required to sign a program specific Waiver upon acceptance into the Field School (Do not submit a signed waiver with your application). Please read the Sample Waiver carefully.