International Students

Simon Fraser University’s Department of Political Science offers the NATO Field School and Simulation Program in collaboration with the NATO Defense College in Rome and Canada’s Delegation to NATO. We welcome graduate and undergraduate students from NATO member-states to apply to our innovative field school. Our seven-week summer program presents attendees with an opportunity to study abroad and gain real-world experience in international relations and diplomacy. Students who complete our field school program will earn 12 undergraduate or six graduate political science credits.

Visa requirements and Insurance

Make sure to check the specific via requirements for undergraduate students and graduate students. More information is provided by International Services for Students.

Participants are strongly advised to purchase international medical insurance in their home country before leaving. The field school does not provide medical insurance and cannot cover medical costs.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Upload/send all supporting documents
  3. Arrive and join the NATO Field School experience!

After you apply

1. March 15: Application deadline
2. Late March/early April: Review of applications and schedule potential interviews
3. Late March/early April: Notify accepted students
4. April: Online communication help prepare students for Field School
5. May: Join the 2021 Virtual NATO Field School Cohort!

Accommodation and rooming arrangements

The first three weeks of the program are held at Simon Fraser University and accommodation is not provided for this portion of the program. Arrangements are made for participants to stay at SFU Residence on campus and if they are offered a spot in the program, the field school staff will provide them with general information about SFU Residence options. Alternatively, students can arrange for accommodation themselves off-campus.  

All other accommodations in Canada and Europe are included in the program fees and more information will be provided upon acceptance.

Dress code

Most days in Canada and Europe require a business formal level of dress, as NATO Field School events involve high-profile speakers and visits to high-level organizations (NATO HQ, SHAPE, Task Force Latvia, Latvian MOD, NATO Stratcom, etc.). Some field trips will involve walking outdoors in military facilities, requiring weather-appropriate wear.

Credit transfer

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. Students can access a Visiting Student Application when they begin their Field School Application. Both applications must be complete and submitted by the 2021 deadline (to be announced later).

Financial assistance

Check your eligiblity for financial assistance for international students.

Refund & cancellation policy

Please read the refund policy carefully.

More information

If you have any further questions about the application process, you can contact the administrative staff at