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Think of a field school as an extended field trip. You, your classmates and your instructors spend the first part in class at Douglas College. Then, you fly to the international destination where the program continues with course related excursions for the most part. Of course, you will have weekends to do your own exploring. Field schools end at their international locations so you have the option to do some personal travelling before coming home.
Program duration - typically 3-4 weeks at Douglas College, then 2-4 weeks at the international destination. You are done in half the time of a regular semester!
Time of year - typically scheduled to take place between April and July each year.
Number of courses - typically 3 academic courses worth 3-4 credits each. Courses are taught by Douglas College instructors, and depending on which program, possibly an instructor from one of our partner institutions.
Course registration - Seats will be reserved for students accepted to field schools.
Class size - usually between 12 and 25 students.
School fees - tuition, registration & services, Douglas Students' Union and other student activity fees.
U-Pass BC program fee - Field school students will be opted out of this fee for the duration of the semester.
Field School Program Fee - covers costs for airport transfer upon arrival overseas, use of classroom facilities, program field trips, shared accommodations, and some or no meals. The Program Fee can be $2400 to $4000 per student depending on the program.
Additional costs - Airfare, airport transfers here, some meals, textbooks, supplies, your medicines/vaccinations, travel medical insurance and personal expenses.
For information on the transferability of our field schools courses, visit the BC Transfer Guide.
Field School application forms are usually available during the Fall semester. Normally, all applications must be complete and in by the January 31st.
Applications must include a receipt showing that you have paid the New Westminster Campus Cashier's Office or the Coquitlam Campus Registrar's Office a $500 deposit. This deposit goes toward your Field School Program Fee, and is non-refundable after the close of applications.
Application forms are available from the individual field school webpages.
Financial awards and scholarships are available to qualified Douglas College students upon application.
Amounts granted range from $750 - $2,000.
Program Fee payment - Full payment is due on the same date as your tuition fee payment.
Information and Pre-Departure Sessions - The field school information session prepares you for classes, activities, and arrangements relating to your field school. The pre-departure session helps you to successfully manage travel, health and safety, culture shock, conduct, and emergency procedures. Attendance is mandatory for both of these sessions.
Passports & Visa - To participate, you will need a passport that would still be valid at least 6 months after your intended return to Canada. Some places require you to also have a visa. Contact the consular office of the country where your field school takes place to see if a visa is required in advance in case you need to apply for one.
Travel - For most field schools, students and instructors travel together as a group to the abroad destination. After the program ends, participants are free to continue travelling or can return home: the choice is yours. The Douglas International office and faculty will identify the most cost-effective itinerary and notify the students. It is the student's responsibility to book and pay for their flight through the Douglas College designated travel agent or an alternative.
Trip preparation - To help prepare for your trip, review our Preparation section which provides tips on travel documents, transportation and accommodations, money, health and safety, communications and packing. Also, review the Problems and Emergencies section so you are ready for any situation while you are abroad.
Withdrawal - For information on policies related to withdrawing from a field school, contact Douglas International.
Every Douglas College student that travels internationally (regardless of the program) must submit the below documentation (electronically as a PDF) to Karen Ng of Douglas College International before departure. Failure to do so in a timely manner will result in the student being withdrawn from the program and bearing all consequences:
Students are also required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation session to review important travel, safety and emergency information and procedures.
Before you leave Canada, check Government of Canada's Travel website for travel warnings and advisories. Also, register yourself with Foreign Affairs & Trade Development of Canada and make note of the phone number and address for the Canadian Embassy and Canadian Consulate in the country(ies) you are travelling to. This could prove valuable if you lose your passport, identification or find yourself in need of government assistance.
Contact Karen Ng if you have any questions and for details on the Pre-Departure orientation session.