Field schools and dynamic learning

Searching for marine mammals in Clayoquot Sound during the Ahousaht Field School (Photo by Sarah Coulter)

Conducting a field survey of a dune system as part of the Clayoquot Sound Field Semester (Photo by Erin Schott)

Inspecting a grizzly bear 'stomp trail' during the Indigenous Knowledge, Science, and Resource Management Field School (Photo by Elias del Valle)

Collecting meteorological data from a weather station on Mt. Washington during the Mountain Meteorology Field School (Photo by Shannon Fargey)

Performing hydrological flow monitoring of a glacier-fed stream as part of Field Studies in Physical Geography (Photo by Dan Smith)

Learning from local experts on sustainability as part of the Urban Europe Sustainability Field School (Photo by Cam Owens)

Posing with members of the Maasai community during the Tanzania Field School (Photo by Rachel Stewart-Dziama)

Geography field study courses take students to the edge of glaciers, face-to-face with whales, and knee deep in mudflats. In addition to applying their classroom and textbook knowledge, students also hone their research skills through a major independent field-based project.

Many students go on to present their field studies projects at local and regional conferences, and even have them published in journals. Students who have taken these field courses find them to be an exciting, fun, and valuable capstone or culmination to their undergraduate career.

New field school information is posted when it is made available. Please contact if you are interested or have any questions.

Fees and funding

Most field schools require payment of field school fees plus normal tuition. Field school fees range from a few hundred dollars per course to more than $1000 per course, depending on the field school.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has created a Field Course Student Support Fund to help students with financial need to cover some of these costs. You can apply using the Social Sciences Field Course Student Support Fund Application.


Check out our field courses!

Field School


Clayoquot Sound
Field Semester


Indigenous Knowledge,
Science, & Resource Mgmt


Mountain Meteorology
Field School


Field Studies in
Physical Geography


Karst Geomorphology
Field School


Sustainability Field School:
Europe / Cascadia


Field School