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Field Schools

What is a Field School?

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.

Fees & Costs

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. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • must be a Douglas College student and eligible to take the courses offered in the field school.  Qualified students from other institutions are welcome to apply but must first gain admission to Douglas College.
  • 18 years of age or older prior to departure
  • in good academic standing having a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher by application deadline.  Students not meeting this requirement can attend a field school only with the approval of the program's faculty team.
  • must be a passport holder or can obtain a passport and any necessary visas

For information on the transferability of our field schools courses, visit the BC Transfer Guide.

Before You Apply

  • Check our Field Schools page frequently for the latest information on your selected program.
  • Come to an information session.  These are posted on each field school's webpage.  If you have given your email address to one of the field school instructors, or to some in the Global Engagement office, you will receive an email with details.
  • Ask about Field Schools at the Global Engagement table.  We are in the Concourse weekly, and at New Student Orientation, the Services Fairs, and Global Engagement Days.
  • Check if you can meet the prerequisite requirements for the courses in the field school of your choice. If you cannot, talk to the faculty member offering that course to see if you can be given a prerequisite waiver.
  • If you are interested in attending a field school that includes a course you have already taken, talk to the faculty member offering that course about a substituting it for a directed study option so you can obtain full field school credits.

Application Process and Forms

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

Financial awards and scholarships are available to qualified Douglas College students upon application.

Amounts granted range from $750 - $2,000.

Application forms are available from the individual field school webpages.

After You Are Accepted

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.

Required Pre-Departure Documents & Orientation

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: 

  1. proof of your acceptance to the study abroad activity, e.g. a copy of your Acceptance Letter;
  2. completed Emergency Contact Form;
  3. copy of your valid passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your scheduled return date);
  4. copy of flight itinerary or, if going by land, the date and location of your border crossing (outbound and return);
  5. proof of travel medical insurance coverage, e.g. a copy of both your travel coverage declaration page and card showing your name, the coverage period and claims reporting details;
  6. completed Release of Liability Form; and
  7. completed Photo, Video & Information Release Form (optional)

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.