Project Description


What does the 21st century anthropology museum look like? Join the 117-year old Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology this summer as it reimagines its role as a place for scholarly discovery and community-based research. The Museum cares for nearly four million objects that span two million years and the six inhabited continents. Using its recently renovated gallery and collections facilities, the Museum is reinventing itself as a destination where cultures can connect and take action for positive change.

The Hearst Museum is located on the University of California, Berkeley campus, the premier public research university in the United States. Students will be introduced to all aspects of museum work, from collections management and registration to philanthropy, cultural policy, and exhibit design. Students will also receive candid tours of select San Francisco Bay Area museums.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: Jul 9-Aug 3, 2018
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Total Cost: $3,950
  • Course Type: Museum Studies
  • Payment Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • Instructors: Dr. Benjamin Porter
  • Online Orientation:  May 20, 2018 at 2:30pm Los Angeles Time
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The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Benjamin W. Porter
Dr. Benjamin W. PorterDirector
University of California, Berkeley


This is a new IFR field school. There are no student testimonials available at this time.

Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • All local transportation

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


Students will organize their own living and dining options throughout the program. Short-term summer housing is abundantly available in Berkeley and neighboring cities such as Oakland, Emeryville, Albany, and Richmond. Restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores are abundant throughout the Bay Area and close to the Berkeley campus. Students will receive a 90-minute lunch break each weekday from 12PM to 1:30PM.

Travel Info

Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are the two closest airports to the Hearst Museum. Amtrak Rail also passes through the Bay Area with a stop in Berkeley. For regional travel, students can use a combination of options, including the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway and AC Transit city buses. Taxis are abundant and ride services such as Uber and Lyft are easily accessible. Car parking is available on and near campus. Two- and six-hour metered street parking is available as are parking garages that offer day parking rates.

Students will meet at the Hearst Museum’s lobby on Monday, July 9 at 9AM. If a student is unexpectedly delayed, please call or email the project director immediately.

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

Travel does involve risk, but we try to minimize this risk as much as possible. Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.