School of Record

Connecticut College is the school of record for the Institute for Field Research and issues the final official transcript once the program has been completed. Connecticut College does not process any material related to admission, financial aid, authorization of study or registration for IFR students. Please do not forward any material or transcripts to Connecticut College. All material should be sent directly to the IFR.

Credit Units

Attending students will be awarded up to 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through our academic partner – Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school as describe in the grading assessment and matrix on each syllabus.

IFR field schools provide a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours.

Upper Division Designation

Connecticut College does not use the lower/upper division designation system.  However, students will find that the reading load, time investment, and intensive methods training components of these courses are congruent with expectations of advanced undergraduate research seminars at most universities and colleges.  As such, these courses are best regarded as consistent with upper division classes at your home institution.  As a point of comparison, students who complete an IFR field school can use this course to satisfy a methods requirement in the Department of Anthropology at Connecticut College.


Two official copies of transcripts will be mailed, one to the permanent address listed on the student’s online application and one to the home institution. Additional transcripts can be ordered through the National Student Clearinghouse.

Transfer of Credit Units

Most universities accept Connecticut College credit units – there are very few exceptions.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with their own school official(s) BEFORE attending the field school.  When meeting with school officials – usually the Registrar, Study Abroad Adviser, 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 our academic merit and the way by which we peer-review each field school.

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 blue ‘Download Syllabus’ button – it is located just under the ‘Overview’ text.  The syllabus will load as a PDF file and you may print or save to your computer.

Attending Two or More Programs

Each IFR field school receives its own course ID. Students attending more than one program may transfer credits from each field school under different course ID and catalog number.

Consortium Agreements

Some universities require a Consortium Agreement to be signed by the IFR.  We are happy to comply. Click here for more information about Consortium Agreements.  If your school official(s) need any additional information, they may write to us at  We are happy to provide compliance documents and answer any questions they may have.

IFR field schools that took place between Summer 2016 and Winter 2018 were accredited through UCLA Extension. Follow these instructions to request transcripts.  Students may download unofficial transcripts for free. Official transcript fee is $15 per copy.