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Study Abroad

International Services for Students

Archive for the 'Field School' Category

2013 ISS Photo Exhibition

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Join us in the James Douglas Safe Study Area on January 15th to view the winning photos of this year’s ISS Photo Contest. This is also a great opportunity to meet with student participants of the contest, International Services for Students staff and representatives from SFU faculties and departments. If you’re thinking about studying abroad, this event is a great place to start your research (in addition to seeing some really amazing photos)!

2012 ISS Photo Contest Results

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

After receiving more than 400 entries, we finally have our winners for the 2012 ISS Photo Contest! All photos submitted are from students who have gone away on, or are currently abroad on an Exchange, Field School or International Co-op opportunity.

Check out the winners and all other submissions on the Photo Contest website. Thanks to all who participated and hopefully this will spark your interest in studying, working or volunteering abroad!

India: Contemporary Arts Field School

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012


Interested in studying abroad? Come to India on a Field School!

India offers every visitor a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, as well as a rich mix of cultures, traditions and artistic innovations. This Field School offers every participant a broad introduction to the Arts and Culture of Contemporary India.

The deadline for applications is coming up soon – September 30th. Apply now!

Global Opportunities (GO) Fair – September 18, 2012

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Ever think about studying, working or volunteering internationally, but not sure where to start?

Come to the Global Opportunities Fair!

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: North AQ, SFU Burnaby

Join us this September for the annual SFU GO Fair, hosted by International Services for Students. This is a large annual event where students can explore study abroad as well as international coop and volunteer options. This is your opportunity to meet students/faculty/staff who have been on an exchange or field school and to hear about their experiences.

The BIG IQ Contest – International Week, February 6th – 10th

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

To celebrate International Week at SFU next week (February 6th to 10th) SFU International Services for Students will be hosting The Big International Quiz (Big IQ).

We will be posting a trivia question a day next week, on four of our social media pages:

SFU Study Abroad

International Services for Students

SFU Study Abroad

Intercultural Community Program

Questions will be posted on each page at 9:00am. Participants will have until 4:00pm on the day the question is posted, to post an answer to the trivia question. At the end of the day, ALL correct answers from all four pages will be entered in a draw, and two winners will be picked and announced, each day. Each winner will take home a $10 SFSS Gift Card to be used at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, the Highland Pub, and the Ladle!


- On Facebook, your answer must be posted in response to the question. Answers posted in a new thread will not be considered.

- On Twitter, your answer must be in reply and include the indicated hashtag.

- You may post your answer once on each of the four pages, to increase your chances of winning! However, please note we will only accept your first answer for each page…Don’t post two answers on the same page!

- Winners will need to bring their SFU student ID with them to claim their prize.

- All SFU students are eligible to win. You may only win once.

Good luck everyone!

SFU Global Opportunities Fair – September 27, 2011

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

SFU Global Opportunities Fair

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m
Location: North AQ, SFU Burnaby
Learn about the various destinations that are available for you to study or work abroad! Meet exchange students who are currently here from one of our 140+ partner institutions and your fellow SFU students who have also recently returned from an exchange or a field school! We will also have representatives from France and Fiji attending the Fair.
    GO beyond your borders and discover the benefits:
  • - Experience the world while earning credit towards your SFU degree
  • - Gain international work experience in your field of study
  • - Learn a new culture and language by immersing yourself in it
  • - Boost your global competitiveness: internationalize your degree and resume, learn or perfect another language, and grow your inter-cultural communication skills
  • - Challenge yourself and have the time of your life!

Field Schools Testimonials: My Time in Prague

Monday, April 18th, 2011

My Time in Prague – 2010 Humanities Field School to Prague, Czech Republic
By Georgia Gavel

When I embarked on the field school to Prague this past summer, I was worried that the workload would be too much to actually enjoy my travel experience. However, there was no need to worry, as the school simply became part of the whole adventure. What we learned in our classes was so incorporated into all aspects of experiencing the city that our time spent with teachers simply felt like they were the most knowledgeable tour guides. On my walk to school after cutting through the castle grounds, I sauntered down the cobble stone streets described in the Kafka selections we were reading. I was always astounded to find that after going out for dinner with friends, we had actually spent our time talking about our current readings without even realizing it.

Our class on Czech culture was one of the most memorable and showed us some of the wonders of the Czech Republic. It took us on field trips to an Ossuary with piles of bones, the Pilsner Urquell factory and the countryside of Southern Bohemia. My favourite portion was a medieval town called Cesky Krumlov, which is best seen from the river while floating on a raft and raising a beer while shouting “Nazdravi!” (cheers) to all the boaters going by.

I made great friends during my time and had the best experience of my university career. I also came away with an important discovery; what is the difference between studying at home and studying abroad? While traveling I took on a drive to make every moment count, this mentality may have been the best souvenir I found.

Field School Testimonials: ¡Hola México!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

¡Hola México!: 2010 Communication Field School to Guadalajara, Mexico
By: May Yao

I had always lamented the fact that I did not have an international experience during my undergraduate studies. So when I heard about the field school to Mexico over the Olympic break, I was really excited! A capstone to a post-baccalaureate diploma in Education, this was a ‘muy excellente’ fit with my interests in international and global education.

The field school closely examined culture, communication and industry in various cities in Jalisco. In the morning, we attended lectures at Universidad de Guadalajara (U of G) and in the afternoon, visited various sites, including a software company, traditional ceramics store, clothing factory and an archaeological dig. It was a fantastic blend of classroom theory and hands-on experience! The U of G students were also incredibly gracious, bringing our group out to activities such as karaoke, luchadores (Mexican wrestling), and more. Having never been to Mexico, this was a unique way to experience the country and culture.

The main tip I would give others thinking of going abroad is to be both curious and open-minded. Customs, traditions, food, language and other things are often unfamiliar. International travel offers insights into culture, languages, and ways of seeing and being in the world. It is a memorable adventure and fantastic opportunity to experience new things

Field School Testimonials: Discovering Ghana

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Discovering Ghana: Heart and Soul – 2009 Ghana Field School
By: Mina Tabei

I will never forget the tear filled eyes of my two sponsored children when I looked back and waved goodbye. Emma and Emmanuella became my heart and soul in Ghana. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of Africa and what this continent did for me.

Last year, I challenged myself to go beyond my comfort zone and travel to Ghana as part of the Contemporary Arts Field School Program. There were many aspects of Africa, specifically Ghana, that appealed to me.The tortured history, burden of the past and current political and economic stability made me curious, but I knew there was more to Africa than poverty, disease, corruption and war. I wanted to experience Africa’s complexity with my own eyes and soak up the culture. The opportunity to go to Ghana came to me when I stumbled upon a 2009 Ghana Field School Program poster. I had recently begun researching and raising funds for an organization dedicated to rescuing child slaves from the fishing industry in Eastern Ghana. When I saw the poster, it became abundantly clear to me that I should take advantage of this great opportunity. Without hesitation, I pursued the opportunity and applied for the program.

The touchstone of my character lies within my experiences. I will be digesting these experiences, studying in and travelling throughout the different regions of Ghana for years to come. My experiences were exhilarating as we learned about Ghana’s beauty, rich history and culture. We learned how to play different African instruments and different traditional dances; I can still feel the rhythms coursing through my body and soul. Furthermore, I learned more about the deep culture, old societies and spiritual power that lay beneath the surface of Ghana and witnessed the people rise above conditions that would break most of us.

During the two months, I maintained relations with many individuals ranging from local teachers, ministers, market women to rescued child slaves. I strongly suggest any of the SFU International Field School Programs to anyone who wants to have an uplifting and life changing experience. I have gained great personal independence through travelling, and experienced different cultures which in turn helped me appreciate differences that make people unique. Participating in the Ghana Field School Program was the best decision I have made and was the perfect way to finish my studies at SFU

Scared to go Abroad? Don’t Let Barriers Get in Your Way

Friday, April 15th, 2011

The Perspective of Rebecca Lee

To anyone who is considering participating in a study abroad experience, Rebecca Lee had this to offer:

“I would tell someone who had financial barriers like I did that: money can always be earned, but never can opportunities like going on an exchange be earned back. Education is more than just about what’s been written in books, it’s about going out of your comfort zone and exploring the vast world we live in, with
small treasures hidden in every corner of life. I would say that the more capable you are of adapting to an environment outside your comfort zone, the more you learn.”

To learn more about exchanges and other study abroad programs, attend a Study Abroad 101 session.