Teaching abroad & field courses

Field school
Dr. Cameron Owen’s Northern Europe Sustainability Field School.

If you plan on offering a field school,  the Office of Global Engagement is a good place to start. You may also wish to sign up on the field school list serv as a way of connecting with other instructors who lead field schools or are thinking about developing a field school. The CEL Office is available to support community-engaged elements of your field school. You can also apply for a Community-Engaged Learning or Strategic Initiatives International Grant to develop or enhance your field school.

Departments across the University of Victoria campus are increasingly recognizing the value of experiential and global learning, and momentum has been building to internationalize many programs. Including a field school among departmental course offerings provides students with the opportunity for transformative and self-motivated learning, development of practical skills, and strong community building. Rather than the external experience of an academic exchange or study abroad program, field schools have the advantage of operating internally, so credits are immediately applicable towards degree programs, and instructors can tailor the course content to reflect their areas of expertise, creating high-quality, individualized courses.

Field school instructors should be prepared for a high degree of responsibility in the process of planning and offering a field school. Please contact Global Engagement (ioglobal@uvic.ca) to receive guidance and help with:

  • field school proposals
  • application, budget, waivers and consent document templates
  • course itinerary and syllabus preparation
  • recruitment and orientation
  • risk management
  • mandatory medical insurance
  • financial planning and accounting
  • leading the group during travel