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Summer Field Schools

Every year, the Department of Global Humanities runs two field schools in Europe—one in the Czech Republic (Prague) and one in Greece (Athens, Lesvos, and Thessaloniki).

From 2020–2022, the pandemic has led to the cancellation of both our field schools but the program is back for the Summer of 2023!

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Prague Summer Field School

2 months, 11 credits, a life-changing experience

The Field School provides an eight-week, in-depth study of European society and culture, history, literature, art, film and contemporary politics seen through the window of the Czech Republic. The program includes courses in language, film and art history, and political science, which are intended to enrich the three core field school courses.

Students will receive some language instruction and introduction to Czech culture prior to departure. Contact the Field School Director if you desire more information.

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Program Overview

"Prague stands at the crossroads of the most important historical, cultural, artistic, religious, and political developments in all of Europe."

Important notes

  • Field School Director: Dr. Samir Gandesha
  • Application Deadline: February 15th, 2022
  • An academic reference is required for this program 
  • Graduate students are welcome
  • Visiting students from institutions other than SFU are welcome

Undergraduate Eligibility

  • 19 years of age or older prior to departure
  • Completed a minimum of 45 units
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA
  • Be in Good Academic Standing at the time of application
  • Recommended: taken one writing-intensive course

Graduate Eligibility

  • 19 years of age or older prior to departure
  • Be in Good Academic Standing at the time of application

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in European society and culture, and independence and maturity
  • Consent of the Field School Director

The Field School Selection Committee will be conducting intake interviews in addition to reviewing the completed application as part of the application process. The Field School Selection Committee for each Field School program will select qualified participants. Decisions are expected 2–4 weeks after the application deadline.

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Study in and Experience the Heart of Europe

Students from departments outside of Global Humanities are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Field School Director if you have questions about course content or academic requirements.

Greece Summer Field School

Program Overview

"Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, political science, theatre, and the Olympic Games."

In partnership with Douglas College

Students will spend three weeks at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, in lectures and orientations getting to know the faculty and each other as they prepare for their intellectual adventure in the Greek capital of Athens, the Aegean island of Lesvos, and Greece's northern capital, Thessaloniki.

All in all students will have the opportunity to live and learn in a space filled with history and beauty. Students will interact with its landscapes, people, and monuments and enrich their understanding of our world at the edge of Europe, where East and West merge to create the heady mix of Greek culture.

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Important notes

  • Field School DirectorDr. James Horncastle
  • Application Deadline: January 31st, 2020
  • An academic reference is required for this program 
  • Visiting students from institutions other than SFU are welcome

Program Eligibility

  • 19 years of age or older prior to departure
  • Completed a minimum of 30 units
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA
  • 1 academic reference who has taught you in the past, such as a professor/instructor or graduate-level TA, SFU lab instructor, or professor from another university or college (for transfer students only)

Recommendation

  • Completed at least one course that meets the "W" requirement and one FASS course
  • 1 personal reference, such as an employer, mentor, coach etc (no family members permitted)

Selection Criteria

The Field School Selection Committee reserves the right to conduct intake interviews in addition to reviewing the completed application as part of the application process. The Field School Selection Committee for each Field School program will select qualified participants. Decisions are expected 2–4 weeks after the application deadline. All programs require a minimum number of students and are subject to cancellation if minimums are not met.

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How to apply as a non-SFU student 

Qualified students from institutions other than SFU are eligible to apply. Visiting students must arrange for transfer credit with their home institution, as well as a transcript after completion. You can access a Visiting Student Application when you begin your Field School Application. Both applications must be complete and submitted by the application deadline for your Field School.

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Available Funding Opportunities

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

Note: full-time undergraduate students are those taking 9 or more SFU units per term. Students on SFU undergraduate scholarships must be enrolled in 12 units per term.

Suite of Study Abroad Awards ($1,000–$2,000)

In the Study Abroad (Formal Exchange or Field School) program application, degree seeking SFU students applying for a full-time study abroad program 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 a maximum of 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.

Note: virtual exchange students and visiting students accepted to SFU for the purposes of participating in a field school are not eligible for these awards.  

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Institute for the Humanities Travel-Study Award ($1,500)

The Institute for the Humanities Travel-Study Award is valued at $1500, and is meant to cover the costs associated with attending a travel-study/field school program offered by SFU. The award is given annually to a third- or fourth-year student who has completed two Global Humanities courses. Consideration will be given to the applicants' GPA, the importance of the field school to the student's program of study, and the letters of reference.

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies Grant ($250)

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is providing $250 grants to undergraduate SFU and Douglas College students who participate in the Hellenic Studies: Greece Field School (students from any other universities may be considered for the grant on a case-by-case basis). Students are considered automatically as part of the application process to the field school.

 

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Travel Award ($1,000)

At least one award, valued at a minimum of $1,000, will be granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student who is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences in the term of eligibility, in good academic standing, and undertaking a practicum, exchange, research, or field school for the purposes of research related to their studies at SFU. The award is not available for conference attendance.

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