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 term 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 right 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*
  • be 19 years old or older before departure
  • be a current CapU student in the first, second, third or fourth year of study** (or be CapU alumni, staff or faculty), and
  • have a passport valid for international travel six months past the return date.

*Students with a history may still apply.
**Students from institutions other than CapU are eligible to participate provided these students qualify for admission to CapU as visiting students first. 

Where can you go?

Field schools for an upcoming academic year are announced one year before they take place. Go to an info session to learn more about the itinerary, academic courses, learning outcomes, fees, and meet the field school instructors.

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 CapU 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. Read about past CapU students' London Field School experiences

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

January 7 – February 14, 2019: Three to five pre-departure classes
February 14 – 24, 2019: On the road

Field School Instructors Noel Genoway and Tammy Towill
Approximate Cost* $3200–3400
Info Night Monday, October 15, 2018
5-6 p.m. at the CIE Lounge

Led by CapU's School of Tourism Management, this field school will take you on an explorative journey to three significant destinations in Indochina to experience and learn from people and places engaged in tourism.

Destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the bustling Vietnam capital of Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay, 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.

As part of this field school, you will complete two courses: TOUR 306 – Directed Study in Tourism II and TOUR 331 – Regional Topics in Tourism. These hands-on courses are designed to allow you to gain a unique perspective on the tourism sectors in Southeast Asia and impacts tourism has had in the area.

You 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 24 to May 10, 2020
Location Vietnam (Sapa, Hanoi) and Cambodia (Siem Reap)
Credit Value 6 credits
Courses TOUR 306 – Directed Study in Tourism II (3 credits)
TOUR 331 – Regional Topics in Tourism (3 credits)
Open to all programs

This is a cross-term course that spans both spring and summer terms. You will receive the credits at the end of summer term.
Class Dates

January 6 – April 24, 2020: pre-departure classes
April 24 – May 10, 2020: On the road

Field School Instructors Chris Carnovale and Stephanie Wells
Approximate Cost* $3,900
Info Night Wednesday, October 16, 2019, noon-1 p.m. in LB133
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5-6 p.m. in LB127

For each field school, the program fee covers:

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

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

You are fully responsible for acquiring the necessary travel visas and documents for entry as a visitor to the field school location.

If you are unable to obtain any necessary visas in time, you must withdraw from the program and will lose the fees you paid to participate.

If you have a study permit and entry permit for Canada, you must also ensure these are current in order to ensure re-entry to Canada upon your 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.

Applications for the Vietnam / Cambodia Field School 2020 are open now until October 21, 2019.
Step 1. Apply online

Complete the Field School Application Form. There is no application fee. We require a minimum number of applications to proceed with the field school.

Step 2. Complete an interview

Following your online application, you will be invited to an interview. The interview will be conducted by the field school leaders.

Step 3. Register for field school courses

If you are a successful candidate, we will notify you via email and provide you with detailed course registration instructions so that you can register for your field school courses during the standard online course registration period.

Step 4. Pay a non-refundable deposit

Once you’ve registered for your field school courses, you will be required to confirm your commitment to the field school program by paying a $350 non-refundable field school program deposit. You can make this deposit payment directly to CapU’s Cashier’s Office or through your myCapU account.