IFR programs are open to any student, of any nationality, major, or from any university in the world. However, you must be at least 18 years old by the day the field school begins to be able to participate. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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.

Mature Students

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.

Academic Credits

Participating students will earn 12 quarter units (equivalent to 8 semester credit units) from our partner university – UCLA (through Extension) – and a letter grade.