Teaching abroad & field courses

If you plan on offering a field school, Student Recruitment and Global Engagement (SRGE) is a good place to start. You may also wish to sign up on the  as a way of connecting with other instructors who lead field schools or are thinking about developing a 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 directors should be prepared for a high degree of responsibility in the process of planning and offering a field school. Please contact SRGE (ioglobal@uvic.ca) to receive guidance and help with:

  • course itinerary and syllabus preparation
  • recruitment and orientation
  • risk management
  • financial planning
  • leading the group during travel