Students will be admitted to a program based on complete applications and review by and at the discretion of field school directors. Decisions are based on the academic quality of student application.
Once admitted, the only way to secure a space in any program is by payment of the Deposit Fee ($500 nonrefundable). A Tuition Deadline date is set for each program. Students may pay tuition by that date at the published rate. Students may still pay Tuition up to 10 days prior to program beginning but will incur a $100 Late Fee if any balance is left outstanding on the account past Tuition Deadline date. Please consult our Cancellation Policy for further details.
Spaces at each program are assigned on a First-Come, First-Served basis. Spaces are assigned exclusively based on Deposit Fee payment and processed in the order received at the IFR. Programs will close once full capacity is reached.
Typical Student Profile
Most participants are undergraduate students, students who graduated in the past five years or graduate students early in their graduate school careers.
We do accept mature students. Be aware that none of our programs is designed for mature students and are intensive, demanding research-based programs that are populated almost exclusively by young college students. Most field schools cannot offer special or separate accommodations to address privacy needs and conditions are generally rudimentary. Students are required to participate in all research activities, including field, lab and class work. No exceptions. If you are a teacher looking for summer training, Earth Watch or similar programs may probably better address your needs and we highly recommend you explore those options before applying to the IFR. Feel free to call the IFR directly (877.839.4374) for further consultation about the possibility of attending one of our programs.
Participating students will earn 12 quarter units (equivalent to 8 semester credit units) from our partner university – UCLA (through Extension) – and a letter grade. Please consult our Academic Credits & Transcripts page for further details.