Programs are open to any student, from any major, and any university in the world. Students will receive 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) from our partner institution – Connecticut College. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. Most participants are undergraduate students or graduate students early in their graduate school careers.
Admission requirements differ from program to program. At a minimum, you must fill out an application (click here for a shortcut). Some programs require phone interviews and other programs require recommendation letters. Please review each program webpage for enrollment information. Applicants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Once your application is approved you will be asked to submit a $500 nonrefundable deposit payment. This payment is the only way to ensure a space in the program. The remaining portion of your payment should be paid by April 18th to avoid a $100 late fee.
Spaces in each program are limited and go on a first-come, first-served basis. The IFR does create waiting lists for programs but these usually do not get used as enrolled students tend to attend programs.
If space is still available in the program, two weeks prior to program departure to the field.
Payments may be made online, by check or cashier check sent to the Institute for Field Research (for address, click here). An email with link to the payment webpage and payment stubs will be sent to accepted students.
Students can begin to make payments immediately following acceptance.
Final payments are due by April 18, 2015, to avoid a $100 late fee. Financial aid students may be exempt from this deadline but must contact the IFR to make appropriate arrangements and must submit Financial Aid Agreement forms.
It is difficult to predict. Some programs fill up within a few weeks. It is a good idea to apply early.
Each program requires different type of application. Some require a completion of the online application form only, others require recommendation letters or contacts.
Once admitted, all students must download, sign and mail back to the IFR the following forms:
Students attending a Domestic Program (any program within the US), must also provide Proof of Health Insurance. The IFR is unable to provide health insurance for students attending domestic field schools.
You will need to contact the nearest passport agency. Many post offices offer passport services. The passport process usually takes 10-12 weeks. Expedited service is available for an extra fee. For more information, please visit the US State Department Passport Section.
If your passport is not ready within the 60-day deadline, do not worry. But you must have a valid passport to travel from your home country.
Our programs do not require student visas, but some countries require tourist visas. Instructions about visa requirements for each program (if any) are posted on its website under the "Travel Information" tab. Additional visa information may be obtained at the US State Department International Travel website.
We recommend you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site for more information about health and safety abroad. Our syllabi provide some information about immunization at the specific location where the field school will take place.
Accommodations at our field schools are as diverse as the research projects themselves. For the more adventurous, we have Ciudad Perdida field school in Colombia where students hike three days into the jungle and camp at the field site. At Spike Island in Ireland, students live in the – now defunct – Spike Island Penitentiary, with catered Irish fare. Each field school has a unique flavor and provides exciting new experiences and opportunities. Visit the section called "Accommodations" for your program to read a description of the program housing. Complete details for housing, including address information, will be sent to all program participants in the spring and will be discussed in the orientation prior to departure.
No. All students and staff are required to stay in the housing the project arranges. The cost of accommodations cannot be deducted from the program fee.
Guests (includes spouses, children, other family members and friends) are not allowed in program housing or on any program-related activity. The Institute for Field Research does not assist with housing arrangements for family, friends, or other guests of program participants.
It is very important that you submit a valid e-mail address that you check regularly when filling out your application. Periodically, you will receive notices from the Institute for Field Research with important information about your program. In addition, a mailing will be sent to you in the spring (usually by the end of May) with important information about your program. Finally, an orientation session for your program will be arranged at least six (6) weeks prior to departure. This orientation will take place via phone conference and will be run by your own program director.
Each program consists of a required course curriculum of 8 semester credit units. Students are automatically enrolled in this curriculum. This curriculum is mandatory and cannot be dropped without terminating participation in the program.
For more information about each program's curriculum, please visit the section marked "Syllabus" on the program's web site.
Please do not enroll in a program unless you are sure you intend to participate. Remember that your deposit is nonrefundable.
If you cancel your registration, the following applies:
$500 is not refundable under any circumstance.
Tuition (minus the $500 deposit) are refundable until April 19, 2015.
No refunds are available after April 20, 2015.
In order to cancel once you have registered, you must complete the Letter of Program Cancelation and email or mail to the Institute for Field Research offices. Failure to cancel prior to the April 20, 2014 deadline will result in a bill for the full program fee.
Always travel light: Limit yourself to one checked bag and one carry-on. With less luggage, you can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand. You will also be less tired and less likely to set your luggage down, leaving it unattended.
Prescription medications: Remember to bring any prescription medication with you in your carry-on bag. Bring enough to last the duration of your trip. Keep medicines in their original, labeled containers. Bring copies of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs. If a medication is unusual or contains narcotics, carry a letter from your doctor attesting to your need to take the drug. If you have any doubt about the legality of carrying a certain drug into a country, consult the embassy or consulate of that country first.
Money: Bring ATM cards, one or two major credit cards, and at least $100 in $20 dollar bills. You may want to bring a few traveler’s checks for emergency back-up.
Passport: Pack an extra set of passport photos along with a photocopy of your passport information page to make replacement of your passport easier in the event it is lost or stolen. Leave extra copies of these items with someone at home.
Airline tickets and travel itinerary: Make sure your itinerary is in order and that the name on your airline ticket matches the name on your passport. Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home in case they need to contact you in an emergency. Make sure to send your itinerary to your field school directors as well. If your field school has airport pickup, you we will be met at the airport only if the program staff knows when your flight arrives.
Calling cards: Consider getting a telephone calling card. It is a convenient way of keeping in touch. If you have one, verify that you can use it from overseas locations (you may need to sign up for an international plan in order to get the lowest rates possible). 1-800 numbers do not work overseas, so find out the local toll-free access number for your calling card before you go.
Cell phones: Contact your cell phone provider and inquire if your cell phone will work in the country to which you are traveling. Most cell phone service providers will need to “unlock” your phone before you leave the U.S. Contact your cell phone provider for details on using your U.S. SIM card while abroad. It is fairly cheap and easy to buy a local prepaid SIM card for your unlocked phone in most countries around the world. This gives you a local telephone number while using the SIM card. If you do not have a GSM phone, many companies have world phones available for rent. Rental services are becoming more common in international airports, and it is usually less expensive to rent a phone in-country.
Security: Put your name, address and telephone numbers on the inside and outside of each piece of luggage. If possible, lock your luggage, although be sure to consult the airline about their locked luggage policy. Don’t bring anything you would hate to lose. Leave at home valuable or expensive-looking jewelry and irreplaceable family objects.