Field Schools

Field Schools provides the opportunity for students to embark on immersive cultural experiences while travelling and completing NIC course(s) abroad. Students travel as a group and are led by an NIC faculty. Because field schools are shorter than exchanges (2-3 weeks), the cost of participation is usually significantly less.

Upcoming Field Schools

Location Title Date Application Deadline
Japan Fishing, Indigeneity and the Asia Pacific May 12 - 21, 2024 Nov 30, 2023
New Zealand Journeying together Te Ao HuriHuri: Explore a Transformative Journey in New Zealand! May 3 - May 18th, 2024 Closed

Completed Field Schools

Location Title Date
Spain A Meeting of Four Worlds: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Indigenous May 15 - June 6, 2023
Jordan Town of Nebo Archaeological Project June 2-24, 2023
Hawaii Indigenous Language Fluency

How to Apply

  1. Complete the OGE Field School application form
  2. Submit your completed application form via email to
  3. Check your NIC email for important communications and next steps

Please note, as we often have more applicants than available seats for field schools, there is often a selection process (eg. interview with field school leaders).

If selected, students will be required to complete the following as part of participation in the Field School program:

Make an initial deposit payment to secure their seat in the Field School
Ensure all applicable payments are made in full two weeks prior to the start of the Field School program dates

  • Attend three mandatory pre-departure sessions with OGE
  • Complete various pre-departure forms and activities with the support of OGE
  • Provide copies of their passport and government-issued photo ID to OGE
  • Complete a Registration of Canadians Abroad (or comparable with your country's government) and send copy to OGE
  • Complete any academic activities developed by the field school leader
  • Complete various financial aid support documents (if applicable)
  • Complete various post-travel forms and activities with the support of OGE

Costs and Financial Support

Costs of field schools vary, but because they are shorter in length, they are often more financially accessible than a full exchange program.

OGE has various Study Abroad financial supports available. If you are selected to participate in a field school, you will have the opportunity to review these options with an OGE team member.

Field School program fees often include the following:

  • Flights
  • Shared accommodations
  • Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Course tuition
  • In-country transportation
  • Program and administrative fees
It’s hard to put into words how extraordinary an experience it was. Anyone who has the opportunity to do a field school should do it. You learn so much, not just about another culture, but about yourself. It was life changing.
Raeanne Akers, NIC Social Services diploma student, who travelled to the Philippines with one of NIC’s field school opportunities.

Contact Us

Have questions or need some support? Email us at

Are you a faculty interested in leading a field school? Learn more here.