From volcano geology to highland agriculture studies to coral reef ecology, students can look forward to a range of coursework about the environment. With the current trends in sustainable development, the main objective of this field school will be to develop students' environmental perspectives through hands on field work in an international setting. Also, the program introduces methods for promoting environmental and ecological thinking across all grade levels and all subject areas.

This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in education (PDP), specifically exploring the environment in relation to international education. Partnered with Sam Ratulangi University ( UNSRAT), located in the Manado region, students will be studying near an epicenter of marine biodiversity.

Field School Director: Dr. David Zandvliet <>


The first week of the course will be spent at SFU, followed by an education conference to be held on location in Bogor (near Jakarta) with the remaining seven weeks spent in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Students will be based in Manado and will spend time visiting and studying in the surrounding communities. The courses will be delivered in cooperation with Sam Ratulangi University and local NGOs pursuing projects related to the course themes. The program involves short and extended visits to local communities, meeting with community organizations, interactions with local university students, cultural events, presentations by different representatives, and volunteer work with community organizations and schools.

The program consists of the following two courses totalling 12 SFU units. All instruction will be in English.

EDUC 452-8 Environmental Education (Q, B-Sci)
Examines the educational problems entailed in developing human awareness and understanding of the environment. Explores environmental issues through a multi-disciplinary approach and relates historical and contemporary problems in human-environment interactions to school curricula from the elementary to the secondary level. This course is a designated Science breadth course.

EDUC 493-4 Directed Studies in Environmental Education
A multidisciplinary approach for educators in formal and informal settings with an interest in learning more about environmental issues. Students will consider multiple perspectives on the goals, values and interdisciplinary nature of environmental education; review locally available curricular materials; and obtain a grounding in appropriate models for learning and teaching environmental topics.


After a pre-departure orientation at SFU Burnaby, participants will travel to Indonesia for eight weeks of study and field trips. Upon formal close of the field school, participants may choose to travel independently.

July 5 Pre-departure orientation 
September (TBC)
Course work at SFU Burnaby
September 7     Departure for Indonesia
September 9 - 14   Coursework in Bogor, Indonesia 
September 14 - November 5 
Coursework in and around Manado, N. Sulawesi    
TBC Departure for Vancouver
December 15 Final assignments due

*These dates are provided only as guidelines and are subject to change.


*Tuition (12 units) $2046.00
Program fees $6881.03 
Total cost (estimated)   $8927.03

Total cost may be higher compared to other field schools as more meals are included.

*Differential tuition fees are charged for international students

Program fees include:

   International airfare           Shared accommodation
   Most meals           In-country transportation  
      Field trips
           Pre-departure orientation, in-field/re-entry support  
     Tourist visa    

Program fees do not include books, vaccinations, communication costs (email, telephone etc.), mandatory health insurance, and additional personal travel. Program costs will be quoted in Canadian Dollars and will be approximate subject to changes in exchange rates, travel, and accommodation cost quotations.

Students must pay tuition directly to SFU Student Services by the due date as outlined in the SFU Calendar.

The cost of the program is estimated and subject to change.

Students participating in SFU field schools are eligible to apply for student loans. SFU students may also apply for bursaries, scholarships, awards, and International Exchange/Field School Bursaries.


Indonesia Environmental and Ecological Education applicants must meet the following requirements to participate:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 units of university courses
  • Completed one Education course, or have permission of the field school director
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA
  • Consent of the Field School Director
  • A criminal record check will be required from each student after they are accepted into the program.

Note: The Field School is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Students from departments outside of Education are encouraged to apply.

For more information on eligibility for non-SFU students, please see the Application page. 

Information Sessions

No further sessions scheduled.

Application Status: Closed
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Note: For people with (physical or mental) medical conditions, international travel can present severe challenges. Because SFU field schools take place in international locations where emergency services, and/or mental or physical support services may be limited, or non-existent, some field school placements will not be appropriate for everyone. Please speak with the program's Field School Director for information on specific conditions for this field school.

If you have a medical condition that poses limitations on your ability to function in certain environments, we strongly advise that you register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff will ask that you provide documentation from a duly-qualified medical specialist, which contains a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Where appropriate, CSD staff will communicate with field school staff with regard to accommodation in the field. Please note that, while CSD staff indicate to field school staff that a prospective participant requires accommodation for a medical condition, they do not disclose the nature of the medical condition.

Because overseas arrangements can be complicated, we recommend that you contact the CSD at least three months prior to the commencement of the field school in which you wish to participate. Please note that failure to make proper arrangements in advance of travel could result in termination from the field school with costs and academic credit forfeited.