Are you a first-time traveler who wants to see the world but can't take the solo leap just yet? Do you work full time or have family commitments that can't take you away for an extended period of time? Have you missed your chance for a full semester abroad and don't want to graduate without the opportunity to internationalize your degree?

If you've answered YES to any of these questions, then a short-term program like a field school is perfect for you!

When you embark on a field school, you join a group of 15-30 students for a 10-day to five-week program. Our field schools are led by CapU instructors who will teach a CapU course overseas. You can apply in any year of study and from any program. Take this opportunity to travel and see more of the world while earning credits at the same time.

Who can participate in a field school?

Field schools are open to all students at any year of study in any program regardless of which department the field school is part of.

To be eligible to apply, students must be:

  • in good academic standing and no history of relevant academic or non-academic misconduct*
  • nineteen or older before departure
  • a current Capilano student (in either first, second, third or fourth year of study), Capilano alumni or Capilano staff/faculty. Students from institutions other than Capilano University are eligible to participate (however, students from other institutions must qualify for admission to Capilano University as "Visiting Students"), and
  • must have a passport valid for international travel 6 months past the return date.

* Those students with a history may still apply to Study Abroad programs.

Where can you go?

Every year, field schools of the next academic year are announced in the summer before. Go to an info night to learn more about the itinerary, academic course, learning outcomes, fees, and meet the field school leaders.

One of the longest-running field school at CapU, the London Field school gives CapU students experience and skills to communicate in a cross-cultural business environment.

The trip typically includes visits to British industry and traditional visitor attractions, as well as local cultural experiences in and around London and other parts of England.

This three-credit field school will immerse Capilano University students in London's eclectic and vibrant culture as seen through the lives, activities and experiences of everyday Londoners.

With pre-trip classes, field school journals, analysis and a post-trip assignment and presentation, students will reflect on the needs of Canadian individuals and organizations wishing to conduct business in and with the UK. See London Field School 2017 student's experiences.

Travel Dates February 14–24, 2019
Location London, UK
Credit Value 3 credits
Course BADM 321 – Special Topics in Business Administration
Class Dates

January 7 – February 14: 3-5 pre-departure classes
February 14 – 24: On the road

Field School Instructors Noel Genoway and Tammy Towill
Approximate Cost* $3200–3400
Info Night Monday, October 15
5-6 p.m. at the CIE Lounge

This new field school led by CapU's School of Tourism Management. Destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the bustling Vietnam capital of Hanoi and the cultural-trekking region of Sapa have seen increasing numbers of tourists for nearly two decades. With the end of foreign occupation and war, tourism in Cambodia and Vietnam have contributed greatly to the socio-economic development of its people. The field school takes students on an explorative journey to three significant destinations in Indochina to experience and learn from people and places engaged in tourism.

These courses are designed to allow students to gain a unique perspective on the tourism sectors in Southeast Asia and impacts tourism has had in the area. Students will have an opportunity to complete a community-based, active-learning project partnering with ethnic minority homestay owners in the Sapa region.

Travel Dates April 28 to May 12, 2019
Location Vietnam (Sapa, Hanoi) and Cambodia (Siem Reap)
Credit Value 6 credits
Courses TOUR 306 – Directed Studies in Tourism (3 credits)
TOUR 331 – Regional Topics in Tourism (3 credits)

*Please note that this is a cross term course that spans from the Spring semester until the summer semester. Students will receive the credits at the end of the summer semester.
Class Dates

January 7 – April 28: 8 Pre-departure classes
April 28 – May 12: On the road

Field School Instructors Chris Carnovale and Cheryl Hulbert
Approximate Cost* $3300–3600
Info Night Tuesday, October 16
5–6 p.m. at the CIE Lounge

A program fee will be given for each Field School that usually covers:

  • return international airfare
  • double occupancy accommodations
  • airport transfer at destination
  • in-country transportation
  • industry and cultural visits
  • program field trips and excursions
  • some meals.

The program fee does NOT include tuition fee, upper level surcharge for tuition, passport fees, entry visas, meals other than those specified in the itinerary, travel to and from Vancouver Airport, transportation expenses other than those indicated on the itinerary, or other personal expenses.

All students are fully responsible for acquiring the necessary travel visas and documents for entry as a visitor to the program location, as well as to any course field trip locations.

Students who are unable to obtain any necessary visas in time must withdraw from the program and will lose the fees that were paid to participate.

Students with study permits and entry permits for Canada must also ensure these are current so they will be able to re-enter Canada when they return from the field school.

Traveling overseas involves inherent risks. While most students go abroad without incident, it is important to consider these risks. Even if traveling to a location that is culturally similar to one’s home, all students are encouraged to develop a health and safety risk management plan. Review the Terms of Participation (pdf) to see what field school students are required to prepare for.

The next application deadline is October 21, 2018. 
Step 1. Apply

Complete the online Field School Application Form. There is no application fee. We require a minimum number of applications to proceed with the field school. Application for 2019 field schools will open September 18, 2019.

Step 2. Interview 

All applicants will be interviewed by the field school leaders prior to acceptance. Interviews will be scheduled using Doodle and instructions will be sent to applicants on receipt of their completed online application.  

Step 3. Register 

All successful candidates will be notified via email. Selected students will be permitted to register in the field school course during the standard online course registration period. Detailed course registration instructions will be provided to accepted students via email.  

Step 4. Pay Deposit 

Registered students will be required to confirm their commitment to the field school program by paying a $350 non-refundable field school program deposit by the specified deadlineDeposit payments can be made directly to the Capilano University cashier's office or online through your myCapU account