Sustainability Field School: Europe / Cascadia

Sustainability Field School 2019
Sustainability Field School, Urban Europe, 2019 (Photo by Jaimie Cryder)

When and Where

2020 Field School: May 4th - June 7th

Places visited: Bergen, Oslo (Norway); Stockholm (Sweden); Copenhagen (Denmark); Hamburg (Germany); Amsterdam (Netherlands)

How to Apply

Application Deadline: November 28th, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


To apply for this field school, please submit the following:

  1. A completed Application Form
  2. A signed Field School Waiver Form
  3. Your Statement of Travel Experience (details on the application form)
  4. Your Statement of Goals & Rationale (details on the application form)
  5. Your Current Résumé highlighting your various experiences (2 pages maximum)
  6. $500 Deposit Fee (see application form for details)

We will continue to accept applications after the deadline only if space is available.

Contact  if you have any questions.

Program Overview

For a full program description (including a tentative itinerary), see the Information Sheet.

The Sustainability Field School is run in various locations, depending on the year: Cascadia, Urban Europe, or Northern Europe.

The 2020 field school will take place in Northern Europe. The travel-study program focuses on innovation in urban sustainability and, more generally, cultural geography following an exciting itinerary through Northern Europe.

In 2019, the 8th 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 2019 Urban Europe student video blog to see the types of places and spaces we explore, and what students learned along the way!


  • 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.

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


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

Each course is worth 1.5 credits, for a total of 3.0 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

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
  • $3250 paid by March 1st, 2020

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

 Field school fees include:                           

  • Accommodation from May 12 - June 7, 2020 (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.