Sustainability Field School: Urban Europe / Cascadia

Sustainability Field School 2018
Sustainability Field School, Urban Europe, 2018

When and Where

2019 Field School: May 6th - June 13th

Places visited: Seville, Madrid, Barcelona (Spain); Paris, Strasbourg (France); Freiburg, Frankfurt (Germany); Amsterdam (Netherlands)

How to Apply

Apply in: Fall term

Applications are now closed for 2019. Stay tuned for future offerings!

Contact if you have any questions.

Program Overview

For a full program description (including a tentative itinerary), click here.

The Sustainability Field School takes two forms: the Cascadia Sustainability Field School, and the Urban Europe Field School. 

The 2019 field school will take place in Urban Europe. The travel-study program focuses on innovation in urban sustainability and, more generally, cultural geography following an exciting itinerary through Western Europe.

In 2018, the 7th annual Sustainability Field School took place in Urban Europe. Students travelled through Europe from the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution – Manchester, UK - to cities trying to reimagine a new sustainable industrial revolution – Edinburgh, Newcastle, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Copenhagen. En route students met with activists, urban planners, scholars, and other engaged individuals, learning about Europe’s cultural geography and particularly the challenges and opportunities for building economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable and resilient cities. Travel took place by train, bus, ferry, bike, and local transit to various sites of interest. Most days involved structured activities (e.g. guided field trips, hands-on workshops, discussions) with time available for individual exploration and group reflection.

Check out the 2018 Urban Europe student video blog to see the types of places and spaces we explore, and what students learned along the way: #UrbanEurope2018 VLOG 


  • Students should have completed their first year of study and be able to register in 300-level Geography courses, or be granted special permission from the field school instructor.
  • Must be a UVic student. Non-Geography students are invited to apply.
  • Priority will be given to students with interest in the subject matter - sustainable community development.

The Cascadia Sustainability Field School traverses the Pacific Northwest region. In 2016, students visited destinations in BC, Washington, and Oregon. En route they met with community activists, urban planners, First Nations, academics, and others, learning about their efforts to promote economic, social, and ecological sustainability or resilience in our region. Travel was by train, bus, bike, and local transit to various sites. Most days involved structured activities (e.g. guided field trips, hands-on activities, workshops, discussions) with some time available for individual exploration and group reflection.

If you have any further questions, please email Cam Owens at


This field program consists of three courses - applications for individual courses will not be accepted.

Each course is worth 1.5 credits, for a total of 4.5 credits. Successful applicants will be registered in these courses through special registration by the Department of Geography (students will not register themselves).

1. Geog 388 - Regional Studies: Europe or Regional Studies: Pacific Northwest

2. Geog 391 - Sustainable Cities

3. Geog 391 - Connecting Communities

Field School Fees

For field schools, students pay regular UVic tuition plus field school fees.

Field school fees can be paid by cheque, money order, counter cheque, or cash ONLY. Cheques should be made payable to the University of Victoria.  Payment can be dropped off at the Geography main office (David Turpin Building, room B203) or mailed (cheques only).

Field school fees*:

  • $500 deposit paid at time of application
  • $3000 paid by March 1st, 2019

*All field school fees are subject to change between offerings.

 Field school fees include:                           

  • Accommodation from May 13 - June 13, 2019 (NOTE: Itinerary subject to change)
  • Most breakfasts
  • Activity costs (entry admissions, guide and workshop fees, presenters’ fees, some meals)
  • Ground transportation
  • Local transit
  • Emergency contingency fund

Field school fees do not include:

  • Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Most meals
  • Travel insurance (check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered)
  • Other expenses such as entertainment or any personal gear (e.g. hiking shoes) required for the course

Financial Support

We strongly encourage students to apply for the Social Sciences Field Course Support Fund if they have financial need. These funds are distributed according to demonstrated financial need and the fit of the field course(s) to your career development. These funds can help pay for the field course fees (but not tuition). Email  for more details.

You may find other funding opportunities through UVic International.

*PLEASE NOTE*: Students applying for field school funding support must do so within ONE WEEK of being accepted.