Dr. Dimitris Krallis
Greece Hellenic Studies Field School
The International Services for Students (ISS) office works with faculty who wish to develop an International Field School. Developing an International Field School is a three stage process that generally begins at least 18 months before offering the program. Once you are ready, email email@example.com to make an appointment with the Manager, International Mobility and ISS Director to discuss your idea.
ISS is the Student Services unit that operates SFU’s Study Abroad programs (Exchanges, Field Schools and Short-Term Summer Programs). Our Study Abroad team offers professional one-stop support for faculty and staff leading international and intercultural learning activities for students.
All International Field School participants are required to complete a mandatory ISS Canvas program, Field School 101. ISS can provide access to a sample version of the course to faculty considering running an International Field School in order to see the information and resources that International Field School participants receive. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request access. The course you will have access to will be a sample only, and some content in the course may change by the time your International Field School runs. You will receive access to the Canvas program that your students are in once your program is running.
For programs that are run as International Field Schools through International Services for Students, we are pleased to support you and your program through all stages of developing and leading your program.
We view our support as a partnership with the hosting department/faculty: the department/faculty owns the program, the professor (Field School Director) is the academic and location expert, and we are here to support the general administration of the program.
Support and services include:
An International Field School:
International Field Schools must adhere to all SFU policies. Policies of particular pertinence to International Field Schools include:
Consider the below important information in thinking through your idea for an International Field School:
When thinking about International Field School development, what moves an experience from good to great? There are many factors that will be specific to a particular International Field School, but there are six general elements worth highlighting:
These elements will be referenced throughout the stages of International Field School Development, as a resource for you.
Below are some recommendations on things to consider in International Field School design pertaining to program content and teaching approaches as well as student experience, access and sustainability.
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Spencer, S. & K. Tuma (2002). The guide to successful short term programs abroad. NAFSA: Association of International Educators. USA. https://www.nafsa.org/uploadedFiles/guide_to_successful_short-term.pdf?n=3985
The Forum on Education Abroad. (2017). Leading short term education abroad programs: know the standards. https://forumea.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ST_Program-Leaders_8.5x11_P1.pdf
Dirkx, J., Janka Millar, K., Berquist, B., & Vizvary, G. (2014b). Graduate student learning
abroad: An emerging trend? International Higher Education, 77, 14-15.
Donnelly-Smith, L. (2009). Global learning through short-term study abroad. Peer Review, 11(4), 12. https://www.aacu.org/peerreview/2009/fall/donnelly-smith
Mills, L., Deviney, D. & Ball, B. (2010). Short-term study abroad programs: A diversity of options. The Journal of Human Resource and Adult Learning, (6:2).
See the International Field School Roles and Responsibilities chart for an outline of roles and responsibilities for each partner/unit involved in International Field School development, administration and ongoing evaluation.
The International Field School Development process begins at least 18 months in advance of when you plan to offer the International Field School.
We encourage you to connect with faculty who have developed and/or run International Field Schools. While ISS will provide you support throughout the International Field School development process, faculty who have developed and run International Field Schools will be able to offer a different perspective, having gone through the process and facilitated programs themselves.
The faculty members below all have experience developing and/or facilitating International Field Schools and would be happy for you to contact them with questions about their experiences:
Prague Humanities Field School 2018
Portugal Archaeology Field School 2018
“The field school provides me with the unique opportunity to watch students grow as archaeologists and individuals, and taking them to unfamiliar territory, immersed in a different professional and local culture for 5 weeks, results in an exciting test of their abilities and values. The archaeological excavation of human remains is one of the most didactic ways to confront our own mortality and one of the most rewarding means to connect to our own cultural and biological heritage and that of others.” - Dr. Hugo Cardoso