FAQs






FAQ's

1. Who can attend the program? 

2. How can I apply for a field school? 

3. When is the last day to register for a program?

4. How do I pay for my program?

5. When can I begin making payments?

6. When is the final payment deadline?

7. When do programs usually fill up?

8. What materials do I need to submit with my application?

9. How do I get a passport?

10. What if I am unable to obtain a passport within 60 days of my application?

11. Do I need to get a visa?

12. Are there any immunizations required for my program?

13. Will the courses I take in the program transfer to my school?

14. What will my housing be like?

15. Can I provide my own housing?

16. Can a guest stay with me in program housing?

17. How will I receive information about my program?

18. Can I drop a required course?

19. How do I cancel my participation in my program?

20. What should I pack?

 

1. Who can attend the program?

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 academic partner – Connecticut College.  You must be at least 18 or older to participate. Most participants are undergraduate students or graduate students early in their graduate school careers. 

 

2. How can I apply for a field school?

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. 

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 the tuition payment deadline -- listed on each program web page -- to avoid the $100 late fee.

Spaces in each program are limited and are allocated 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.  

 

3. When is the last day to register for a program?

If space is still available for the program, two weeks prior to program departure to the field.

 

4. How do I pay for my program?

Payments may be made online, by check or cashier check sent to the Institute for Field Research (for address, click here).  Payment information is avaliable to all accepted students on their enrollment webpage.  A student ID and password is issued via email to all applicants. 

 

5. When can I begin making payments?

Students may begin making payments immediately following acceptance.  Students will be notified via email of status when the field school director complete the review process -- usually within 48-72 houts after application.

 

6. When is the final payment deadline?

Final payment deadline are different for each program.  Please check the program web page for the deadline date.  Payments made past the deadline will incur a $100 late fee. Financial aid students may be exempt from this deadline (and late fee) but must contact the IFR to make appropriate arrangements and must submit Financial Aid Agreement forms.

 

7. When do programs usually fill up?

It is difficult to predict. Some programs fill up within a few weeks, others take longer. It is a good idea to apply early and pay the deposit to secure a space in your preferred program.

 

8. What materials do I need to submit with my application?

Each program requires different type of application. Some require the completion of the online application form only, others require recommendation letters or online interview.  The process is described for each program once you begin the application process.

Once admitted, all students must download, sign and mail back to the IFR the following forms:

1. Waiver of Liability Form

2. Use Permission Form

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.

 

9. How do I get a passport?

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 you are not a citizen of the US, please check passport application procedure with the relevant government agency at your home country.

 

10. What if I am unable to obtain a passport within 60 days of my application?

If your passport is not ready within the 60-day deadline, try to expedite the process. You must have a valid passport to travel internationally.  You will not need a passport for domestic programs.

 

11. Do I need to get a visa?

Most of 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 each field school web page under the "Travel Information" tab.  Additional visa information may be obtained at the US State Department International Travel website.

 

12. Are there any immunizations required for my program?

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.

 

13. Will the courses I take in the program transfer to my school?

Students should consult with their Academic Advisor and the Registrar's Office at their home institution.  Students will receive 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) from our partner institution – Connecticut College.  The Institute for Field Research staff is standing by to assist in the process. We can be reached by phone toll free in the US at 877-839-4374, by calling +1 424-209-1173, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

14. What will my housing be like?

Accommodations at each field school are as diverse as the research projects themselves. Some are rudimentary, others more comfortable.  More information is available at each field school web page under the "Accommodations" tab.  Complete details for housing, including address information, will be sent to all program participants and discussed during the pre-departure orientation.  

 

15. Can I provide my own housing?

Usually no. All students and staff are normally required to stay in the housing the project arranges.  The cost of accommodations cannot be deducted from the program fee.

 

16. Can a guest stay with me in program housing?

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.

 

17. How will I receive information about my program?

It is very important that you submit a valid e-mail address that you check regularly when filling your application. Periodically, you will receive notices from the Institute for Field Research with important information about your program. An orientation session for your program will be arranged at least six (6) weeks prior to departure.  This orientation will take place online and will be run by your own program director. 

 

18. Can I drop a required course?

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.

 

19. How do I cancel my participation in my program?

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 the tuition payment deadline.  Visit the program page for the specific deadline for each field school.
No refunds are available past the tuition deadline.

In order to cancel once you have registered, you must complete the Letter of Program Cancelation and sent to the Institute for field research as an email attachment or via regular mail.  Failure to formally notify the IFR of cancelation will result in a bill for the full program fee.  For more, detailed information, click here.

 

20. What should I pack?

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.

 

 

 

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