Below is a list of frequently asked questions…
Each program consists of a required course curriculum of 8 semester credit units. Students are automatically enrolled in this curriculum. This curriculum is mandatory and cannot be dropped without terminating participation in the program.
For more information about each program’s curriculum, please read through the program syllabus. Each program syllabus can be downloaded from the program web page.
Please do not enroll in a program unless you are sure you intend to participate. Remember that your deposit is nonrefundable. Please read our Cancellation Policy carefully.
If you cancel your registration, the following applies:
* The $500 is not refundable under any circumstance.
* Tuition (minus the $500 deposit) is refundable until the tuition payment deadline. Visit the program page for the specific deadline for each field school.
* No refunds are available past the tuition deadline.
In order to cancel once you have registered, you must complete the Letter of Program Cancellation and sent to the Institute for field research as an email attachment or via regular mail. Failure to formally notify the IFR of cancelation will result in a bill for the full program fee. For more, detailed information, click here.
It is very important that you submit a valid e-mail address that you check regularly when filling your application. Periodically, you will receive notices from the Institute for Field Research with important information about your program. An orientation session for your program will be arranged at least six (6) weeks prior to departure. This orientation will take place online and will be run by your own program director.
Guests (includes spouses, children, other family members and friends) are not allowed in program housing or on any program-related activity. The Institute for Field Research does not assist with housing arrangements for family, friends, or other guests of program participants.
Usually no. All students and staff are normally required to stay in the housing the project arranges. The cost of accommodations cannot be deducted from the program fee.
Accommodations at each field school are as diverse as the research projects themselves. Some are rudimentary, others more comfortable. More information is available at each field school web page under the “Accommodations” section. Complete details for housing, including address information, will be sent to all program participants and discussed during the pre-departure orientation.
Students receive 12 quarter credit units (equivalent to 8 semester credit units) from our partner institution – UCLA Extension (for more information, see here and here). All IFR field schools are listed as XL Classes — courses that are equivalent to undergraduate courses offered by the UCLA regular session and thus are transferable courses, depending on the student major, standing, GPA, etc. Most universities accept UCLA credit units – there are very few exceptions. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss the transferability of the credit units with their own school official(s) BEFORE attending the field school. When meeting with school officials – usually the Registrar or Academic Adviser – students should print and bring the field school syllabus with them. It is also advisable to forward school officials the IFR website URL address so they may independently review the IFR academic merits and the way by which we manage our field schools. It is simple and easy to download the syllabus from the field school web page. Go to your field school web page and click on the ‘Download Syllabus’ button – it is located just under the program Overview. The syllabus will load as a PDF file and you may print or save to your computer.
We recommend you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about health and safety abroad. Our syllabi provide some information about immunization at the specific location where the field school will take place.
Most of our programs do not require student visas, but some countries require tourist visas. Instructions about visa requirements for each program (if any) are posted on each field school web page under the “Travel” section. Additional visa information may be obtained at the US State Department International Travel website.
You will need to contact the nearest passport agency. Many post offices offer passport services. The passport process usually takes 10-12 weeks. Expedited service is available for an extra fee. For more information, please visit the US State Department Passport Section. If you are not a citizen of the US, please check passport application procedure with the relevant government agency in your home country.
Each program requires a different type of application. Some require the completion of the online application form only, others require recommendation letters or online interview. The process is described for each program once you begin the application process.
Students attending a Domestic Program (any program within the US), must provide Proof of Health Insurance. The IFR is unable to provide health insurance for students attending domestic field schools.
It is difficult to predict. Some programs fill up within a few weeks, others take longer. It is a good idea to apply early and pay the deposit to secure a space in your preferred program.
Final payment deadlines are different for each program. Please check the program webpage for the deadline date. Payments made past the deadline will incur a $100 late fee. Financial aid students may be exempt from this deadline (and late fee) but must contact the IFR to make appropriate arrangements and must submit Financial Aid Agreement forms.
Students may begin making payments immediately following acceptance. Students will be notified via email of status when the field school director complete the review process — usually within 48-72 hours after application.
If space is still available for the program, two weeks prior to program departure to the field.
Admission requirements differ from program to program. At a minimum, you must fill out an application (click here for a shortcut). Some programs require phone interviews and other programs require recommendation letters. Please review each program webpage for enrollment information.
Once your application is approved you will be asked to submit a $500 nonrefundable deposit payment. This payment is the only way to ensure a space in the program. The remaining portion of your payment should be paid by the tuition payment deadline — listed on each program web page — to avoid the $100 late fee.
Spaces in each program are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The IFR does create waiting lists for programs but these usually do not get used as enrolled students tend to attend programs.
Programs are open to any student, from any major, and any university in the world. Attending students will be awarded 12 quarter credit units (equivalent to 8 semester units) through our academic partner – UCLA Extension. UCLA is a top ranked research university and the quality of its education is recognized across the world (see the National Academy of Sciences rankings). You must be at least 18 or older to participate. Most participants are undergraduate students or graduate students early in their graduate school careers.