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Field Schools


A field school is a TRU course for credit or non-credit offered in another country. Because field schools take place outside the traditional classroom, they are:

  • Low cost based on group travel rates
  • Great for first-time travellers
  • Great for students wishing to join a short-term trip
  • Great opportunity to visit a new country

About TRU field schools

  • Led by a TRU faculty member
  • Vary between 2 to 6 weeks
  • For-credit schools can be applied to program or degree
  • Open to all campus and Open Learning students
  • Open to students not attending TRU
  • Most operate during in April, May and June
  • Field Schools are supported by but not operated by the Study Abroad Centre
  • All students approved by faculty qualify automatically for the International Mobility Award

Want to learn more about these upcoming field schools? It's easy!

Want to know more? Watch this pre-recorded International Field School webinar to help you plan your next adventure — these are easy credits and provides hands-on experience beyond the classroom. Don't miss out — spaces are limited.

Upcoming field schools

Name Location Semester Deadline Dates
SOBE Innovation Field School Breda and Amsterdam, Netherlands Winter 2024 TBC Reading Break 2024

Environmental Sciences and Biological Sciences

Chiang Mai, Thailand Winter 2025 TBC TBC
Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Science Belize, Central America Spring 2024 TBC April 20-May 3, 2023
Software Engineering  Guadalajara, Mexico Winter 2024 Jan 31, 2024 April 21- May 5, 2024

Learning and Building Community Resilience in a Global Context - Social Work

Katmandu, Nepal Summer 2024 February 15 May 20 - 30, 2024
Respiratory Therapy - only RT students      Cajamarca, Peru Spring 2024 TBC May 6-21, 2024
Trades & Technology - only electrical students Puerto Escondido, Mexico Winter 2024 December 15th, 2023 February 17-march 5, 2024
Education TESL - only TESL students Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Winter 2024 TBC December 12-18, 2023
Nursing - only Nursing students  Nepal Summer 2024 TBC Pending

Full list of field schools

Faculty Interested in Developing an International Field School

To better assist our faculty interested in developing and leading an International Field School, we invite you to review the following documents below and contact the Study Abroad Office to learn how to get started. The Study Abroad Office is ready to collaborate with faculties and schools across the university to support through consultation and supportive leadership through every step. 

Documents to assist:

Note: Check in regularly with the Study Abroad Office to learn more about any new initiatives, inter-disciplinary opportunities and partnerships we may be working on.  

Other short-term Study Abroad opportunities

Another fantastic resource for TRU students to go abroad is with the British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) Consortium. BCSA offers short-term study abroad opportunities and scholarships, and will help you apply to your program of choice.

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