COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Study Abroad

The University has cancelled all Summer 2020 Field School programs to all locations due to the rapidly changing status of COVID-19.

Please see the SFU Study Abroad website on COVID-19 and Study Abroad for more information.

The SCA's Berlin Field School offers a broad introduction to Contemporary Arts in Berlin and their critical and theoretical context. Founded in the 12th century, Berlin has been both shaped and divided by history. Today, it is once again the capital of Germany, and is recognized as a global cultural hub; a city where history is intertwined with artistic intervention and innovation, and where international visual art, theatre, music, dance, and film thrive. Over six-weeks, a comprehension of the correspondence between the arts and their social, political, and material context will be enriched through simultaneous study, discussion, and experience of art and the urban fabric of this complex city.

Berlin Field School Information Sessions

Friday Nov. 1, 1:00 – 2:00PM
Room 4390 – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Wednesday Nov. 6, 1:00 – 2:00PM
Room 2205 – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Thursday, Nov. 7, 1:00 – 2:00PM
SCA Alexander Studios: #330 – 611 Alexander St., Vancouver

Weds Nov. 13, 5:30 – 6:30PM
Room 2205 – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Student pre-registration is highly recommended.

Please email for more information.

Application Status


Application Deadline

January 31, 2020


Level of Study (at SFU)

Undergraduate, Graduate

Program Eligibility

Berlin Contemporary Arts Field School applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of application to participate:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 units of university courses
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA

Selection Criteria is based on a combination of things including:

  • Academic Standing
  • Meeting the eligibility requirements
  • Demonstrated interest in Berlin
  • Consent of the Field School Director

Please note, the program will be open to graduate and undergraduate students in all areas but selection priority will be given to Contemporary Arts majors. Students from other institutions are also encouraged to apply.

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.

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.


Language of Instruction


Subject Areas Available

Contemporary Arts

Exchanges: The names of the subject areas may be different at the partner. The above does not guarantee availability in a specific term or language, nor how courses taken on exchange will transfer back to SFU. This list may be subject to change. Use the above list as a guideline for exploring academic options at the partner.

Field School Program Information


Students may earn 11 or 13 credits in three SCA courses:

Contemporary Arts Field School I, CA 308 (4)

This course includes assigned readings, seminar discussions and outings in Berlin. The course's focus is on contextual discussions and site visits through which participants will reflect on art historical examples, historical events, theoretical writing, and urban space to provide a background to the Contemporary Arts in Berlin. Students will gain an introduction to a number of historical movements and artists including: Berlin Dada; Tanztheatre (Expressionist Dance Theatre); The Bauhaus School; Berthold Brecht's Theatre; the Third Reich's oppression of modern art and music; the art of East and West Germany during the post WW II division; foundations of musical modernism in Germany; New German Cinema. The writing about aesthetics and culture by German theorists including Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt School will be discussed. Readings will be paired with a relevant site visits and cultural examples in Berlin.

Contemporary Arts Field School II, CA 309 (4)

This course will engage directly with examples of the contemporary arts presented in Berlin at the time of the Field School. The course will include preparatory readings, gallery visits, visits to artist's studios and discussions about works of contemporary art with the opportunity of interacting with local artists and academics. The legacy of Berlin reunification, the specific history of technical media in relation to art in Germany, German musical avant gardes and electronic music, experiments in dance and theatre will be viewed and discussed.

Explorations in Contemporary Arts I CA 305 (3) (5 credits as CA 405)

Students will work under the guidance of the Field School director to develop a research program focused on a particular artistic discipline, history, or thematic interest related to Contemporary Arts in Berlin. Students will propose an independent researched based project which can include artistic practice as a form of response and analysis but must also included a well researched and organized written component detailing research, including discussions with artists.

Graduate students may count Contemporary Arts Field School I & II as graduate elective CA 885-5 with Supervisor and Field School Director approval.


February 27 - March 11: Field School 101 Online Canvas Program (mandatory)
March 12:
Pre-Departure Orientation
*May 15 - May 29:
 Sessions at SFU
*June 1 - July 14:
 Study in Berlin
*July 14:
End of Program

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

Cost and Funding

  • Undergraduate Tuition: **$2,112.33 (11 units), $2,496.39 (13 units)
  • Off-Campus Student Activity Fee: $63.60
  • Program Fees: *$3,620-4,060

*Final program costs are based on the total number of students and are subject to change
**Based on 11 units and 13 units. Does not include student fees. International students pay differential tuition

Program Fees include

  • Shared accommodation in Berlin 
  • Field trips
  • Entrance fees
  • In-country transportation
  • Some group meals
  • Acceptance Session, Pre-Departure Orientation, In-Field/Re-Entry Support

What's not included

  • International airfare to and from Berlin 
  • Books
  • Vaccinations
  • Some food
  • Communication costs
  • Mandatory health insurance
  • Entertainment and additional personal travel

Students must pay all fees 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.


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. Please 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. For more information on funding and costs while studying abroad, please click HERE.

Suite of Study Abroad Awards (Value: $1000-$2000)

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.

Mandatory Health Insurance

SFU Students will need to indicate whether or not they will be covered by the SFSS Undergraduate Health/Dental Plan or the GSS Benefit Plan for the duration of the field school. Please visit for further coverage details. If you are a visiting student or an SFU student that has already opted out of the SFSS Undergraduate Health/ Dental or the GSS Benefit Plan within the current academic year (September 1st - August 31st), you will need to print, sign, scan and upload a copy of the Field Schools: Proof of Alternative Travel Medical Coverage Form.

Conditions and Considerations


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 Accessible Learning (CAL). CAL staff will ask that you provide documentation from a duly-qualified medical specialist, which contains a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Where appropriate, CAL staff will communicate with field school staff with regard to accommodation in the field. (Please note that, while Centre 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 CAL 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.

Activity-Specific Considerations


  • Students will be doing a considerable amount of walking
  • Students are advised to wear appropriate, comfortable clothing
  • Students are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, especially water and to apply sunscreen throughout the day

Public Transportation

  • Students will be taking public transporation such as trams and subways
  • Students may also be taking bikes as a mode of transportation 



  • Extreme temperature conditions such as high heat are common in summer months.
  • Students are encouraged to drink pleny of fluids, especially water & apply sunscreen throughout the day.
  • Please review June/July 2019 weather actuals HERE.




Apply to the Summer 2020 Berlin Field School HERE.

Summer 2018


Berlin Field School

Find out more about the SCA's Visual Art area HERE.