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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 the Field School Proposal Form by deadline indicated to Maral Abajian
  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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