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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 Learing 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!

Join us Thursday, Oct. 3, on Student Street in Old Main at our Local to Global Village Fair. Think of this as your next adventure — easy credits and a new lens for learning beyond the classroom. Don't miss out — spaces are limited.

Upcoming field schools

SOBE Innovation Field School Breda and Amsterdam, Netherlands Winter 2020 - reading break Nov. 29, 2019 Feb. 14-23, 2020
SOBE Economics Field School Malaga, Spain Winter 2020 - reading break Nov. 29, 2019 Feb. 14-23, 2020
Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Science Belize, Central America Spring 2020 Nov. 29 2019  April 26 to May 10, 2020
Modern Languages Tokyo, Japan Spring 2020 Jan. 17, 2020 May 2020
Tourism Summer Field School Montespertoli, Italy Summer Session One February 2020 (TBC) May 2020

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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