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Establishing a Faculty-Led Short Term International Program

Textílsetur - Icelandic Textile Center, Imagining Iceland Field School Textílsetur - Icelandic Textile Center, Imagining Iceland Field School. Photo credit: Dr. Kathleen Vaughan

Learn how to develop a Concordia field school abroad.  Field schools are short-term, faculty-led programs that mobilize students, offering experiential, transformative learning experiences.  

A field school promotes experiential learning, providing real world, out-of-classroom experience to participants. The definition of a field school can encompass various categories of academic activities that take place outside of Quebec.

A field school can be:

  • An excursion to a site of interest, event, conference or festival.
  • A Concordia course (or courses) taught in an international setting.
  • Courses taken for transfer credit at a host institution or organization.
  • Concordia courses taught at a host institution by the institution’s professors.  A Concordia faculty member supports students on-site and oversees academics and grading.
  • Non-credited courses or activities organized by a Concordia faculty member.

Getting started:

  • Several of Concordia’s partner institutions offer bespoke summer programs in which they offer to host a group of visiting Concordia students and a Concordia faculty member. The Concordia faculty member determines the program course or activity; the host institution grants access to facilities, classrooms and accommodations. (Please contact Concordia International for recommendations.)
  • A festival, event or conference can form the basis for an international short-term program.
  • A Concordia faculty member can develop an affiliation with a professor from another institution into a collaborative effort to host/exchange students on a short-term basis.
  • Faculty members can use an existing connection with a research centre or an organization to explore the possibility of student involvement.

To note: When investigating a prospective field school, it is important to consider the following:

  • Suitability of host destination.
  • How host institution/region supports the program's learning objectives.
  • Ease of travel.
  • Accommodations and meals for participants.
  • Security and political stability of host region.
  • Student interest.
  • Costs.

How to propose a field school:

  1. Read through Field School Guide 
  2. Submit online proposal form by deadline indicated.
  3. Obtain approval from department chair and associate dean of academics.
  4. Concordia International and a representative from your department and/or faculty will meet with you to devise a plan for the program’s implementation.

Services Provided by Concordia International

Concordia International can help:

  • Assess feasibility of program.
  • Initiate contact at host institution/organization.
  • Evaluate security/political stability of host destination.
  • Determine student interest.
  • Advise regarding health insurance and visa.
  • Make recommendations regarding field trips/excursions.

If you have a field school you would like to propose but are not certain of how to proceed, please contact Julie Triganne , Coordinator of Field Schools at Concordia International, for a preliminary consultation.


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