Establishing a Faculty-Led Short Term International Program
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.
- 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.
How to propose a field school:
- Read through Field School Guide
- Submit online proposal form by deadline indicated.
- Obtain approval from department chair and associate dean of academics.
- 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.