FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

About field schools:

  1. Who are field schools for? Answer...

  2. What is the difference between a "scheduled" field school and a "custom" or "faculty-led" field school? Answer...

  3. Who teaches the scheduled field schools? Answer...

  4. Do I get college/university course credit for a scheduled field school? Answer...

  5. How do I choose the right field school for me? Answer...

  6. What is included in my fees? Answer...

Payment and logistics:

  1. I have a disability. Am I able to participate in a field school? Answer...

  2. How much do I have to pay up front? (Payment terms?) Answer...

  3. What if I have to cancel? (Cancellation policy) Answer...

  4. What if I get sick while on a field school? Answer...

Do you have a question that is not answered here? Please contact us! We will be glad to answer it!

 


Q: Who are field schools for?

A: We offer field schools for three groups of people:

  1. College/university students who wish to learn something special - how to work and do business in another culture. This learning will not only open up this culture to them personally, but give them a powerful resume edge. Businesses, non-profits, and governments are all looking for potential employees who have international intercultural abilities. While a 2 week field school is not the same as years of work and living experience in another culture, it is certainly indicates to potential employers that you are investing in yourself and your abilities to do business in that culture, country, and region.

  2. Business owners, managers. and salespeople who wish to begin selling or partnering in a new culture, country, or region. This is a low-cost and low-risk way for small and medium sized companies to begin working in specific cultures and countries.

  3. Government, NGO, non-profit, and charity organizations that send people overseas and would like to quickly acclimatize their employees or volunteers to the new culture and country. This would allow for maximum in-country effectiveness, short-cut much of the culture shock, and lower the risk of sending someone into an unknown environment.

Contact us for more information on how we can meet your needs!

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Q: What is the difference between a "scheduled" field school and a "custom", or "faculty-led", field school?

A: Field schools are offered in either "scheduled" format - we book them at fixed times in the year and run them with our own proven curriculum and team, or in "custom" or "faculty-led" format.

Scheduled field schools are run on a schedule up to 3 years in advance and often repeat year-to-year. They are run with our own proven intercultural and international marketing curriculum, our networking contacts, and facilitated by our team of facilitators. One or both of Field School International's partners, Paul Kurucz and Tanya Pattullo, are lead facilitators for all scheduled field schools.

"Custom" or "faculty-led" field schools are custom designed for business/organization client groups or by an individual faculty member wanting to run a field school for their discipline or group of students, but not having the logistics support to organize it on their own. Faculty-led field schools often offer course credit.

Contact us for more information on how we can help with either a scheduled or custom field school!

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Q: Who teaches the scheduled field schools?

A: Scheduled field schools are taught by Paul Kurucz, Tanya Pattullo (Field Schools International founding Partners), guest faculty instructors, topic specialist speakers, local business managers, and other experts relevant to the field school location. .

All our field schools are primarily experiential learning based. This means that there will be very little formal "teaching". Instead, you will mostly be:

  • solving real-world business challenges - those that real companies deal with right in the culture and country you are in.
  • exploring cultural experiences to understand at a deeper level how the business and society in general operates.
  • meeting local business people, students, expatriates, and local citizens in scheduled and unscheduled networking opportunities.
  • participating in guided educational tours.
  • hearing and interacting with guest speakers.
  • working one-on-one with Field School International facilitators and coaches to set, plan, and debrief your personal and professional goals for the field school experience.

Field schools are about you. Our entire focus will be on your learning, experience, and needs as you explore the wonderful new culture and country you are in.

We look forward to meeting you!

Contact us and get to know us right now...

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Q: Do I get college/university course credit for a scheduled field school?

A: Not normally. Scheduled field schools are very applied, engaging, and exciting experiences tailored to the learning needs each culture/country we operate a field school in. Because of this very location focused approach, we cover a variety of areas of international marketing, management, intercultural relations, negotiation, and more. But we do not fulfill a specific "course" at one college or university.

All participants receive our own certificate for the field school they undertake.

We are exploring accreditation and certification opportunities for our scheduled field schools.

Note: Field schools led by a faculty member at a specific institution most often will include college/university course credit from the institution. However, these field schools are not normally open to the public - they are specific to an institution, subject area, or special group of student or business participants.

Contact us for more information on credit questions. We would be happy to help you map your curriculum needs or support your "prior learning" assessment documentation if that would help you get college credit for your field school learning experience.

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Q: How do I choose the right field school for me?

A: Great question! Everyone will have their own considerations for choosing a specific field school culture/country experience. Here are some common considerations:

  • Family or friends who live in a specific culture/country.
  • The potential for doing business in a specific culture/country for your business or potential employers.
  • A particular culture/country is doing very well economically and this is a target for you to learn about for work or business opportunities.
  • You have a language or other cultural tie to a specific location we run field schools in.
  • You foresee a specific culture/country being of personal interest to you in the future.

We can help! Please contact us. We would be delighted to explore culture/country options with you.

 

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Q: What is included in my fees?

A: Your fees include the following:

  • Accommodation from the start of the field school to the end of the field school. (See note 1 below)
  • In-country group transportation for all scheduled activities.
  • All breakfasts most lunches, and most dinners. For your field school a list of meals that are not covered and what to expect to pay for those meals will be given to all participants as part of a budget for your trip. (See note 2 below)
  • All staff support during the field school. No tipping is required for staff or normal field school activities, including meals.
  • All materials for the structured learning portions of the course.
  • All local group event entrance fees. (See note 3 below)
  • All local taxes incurred as part of the normal field school operations (accommodation, meals, transport, entrance fees, etc.

In summary, our goal is to make your field school experience comfortable with no unhappy payment surprises. We will do our best to accommodate your needs within the fees you pay for the field school. If you have any questions regarding what is covered and not covered in your field school fees, please contact us promptly so we can get you the information you need right away.

Notes:

1. If you choose to arrive early or stay after the end of the field school, additional accommodation and other costs for those time are the responsibility of the participant.

2. Any alcohol or special culinary requirements that are above and beyond normal requests will be paid for by the participant.

3. Any individual initiatives such as independent side trips, excursions, etc. will be paid for by the participant.

 

Questions ? Please contact us!

 

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Q: I have a disability. Am I able to participate in a field school?

A: Field schools are challenging. We require all participants be mentally and physically ready to meet the rigors of a busy physical schedule, heat (our field schools are often in hot climates), changes in diet, changes in sleeping patterns (jet lag), etc. These rigors can be taxing.

We strive to be inclusive, but must be firm that participants must be able to meet the mental and physical challenges of a field school. Some of the locations we visit are not accommodating of some disabilities - some are very accommodating.

If you have a disability, please contact us to explore whether a specific field school will be a good experience for you.

 

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Q: How much do I have to pay up front? (Payment terms?)

A: Field school bookings require the following payment schedule:

  • 10% of the fees of the field school are due when registering for a field school. If registering within the last 30 days before the start of a field school, 100% of the fees are due.

  • 60 days before the start date of a field school all fees must be paid in order to qualify for the early payment discount.

  • 30 days before the start date of a field school all fees are due for all registrants to date.

If you have questions regarding payment terms, please contact us! Our goal is to help you join a field school!

 

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Q: What if I have to cancel? (Cancellation policy)

A: Our cancellation policy:

Field Schools International cancellation insurance is available for purchase when booking a field school. This policy covers the return of all your fees should you need to cancel before a field school starts. It is only offered and available as part of the original reservation. Details of this cancellation insurance policy will be available before you register.

Without Field Schools International cancellation insurance, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • Up to 60 days before the start of field school: All fees paid, less 10%, are returned to the participant.

  • Between 60 days and 30 days before the start date of a field school: All fees paid, less 25% for payment processing and non-refundable booking costs we incur, are returned to the participant.

  • Between 30 days and one day before the start date of a field school: All fees paid, less 50% for payment processing and non-refundable booking costs we incur, are returned to the participant.

  • On or after the start date of the field school: No refund of fees paid.

Notes: Cancellation insurance for your flights is strongly recommended to all participants.

If you have questions regarding our cancellation policy, please contact us.

 

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Q: What if I get sick on a field school?

A: We hope you don't! In the event you do get sick while on a field school:

We ensure that all field schools have a connection to a top quality, reputable medical clinic and/or hospital in the area we are operating. As all participants are required to carry full health insurance coverage with specific provisions we require, we help you connect directly to medical services. Our staff will be right there with you helping you establish a link to your insurer and advocating on your behalf should you be unable to do so by yourself. An interpreter will also be present should there be communication challenges.

In summary, should you get sick while on a field school, you will be fully supported by our team throughout.

Should you be unable to complete a field school due to illness, our staff will support and facilitate your return to your home country. Any charges for emergency repatriation due to illness would normally be covered by your insurance policy. Emergency repatriation is one of the specific provisions we require you to have covered in your medical policy.

If you have questions regarding illness, or the potential for illness while on a field school, please contact us.

 

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