The International Field Program (IFP) is designed to extend learning beyond the classroom, giving students firsthand exposure to a range of perspectives, ideas, and people through orientation, field trips, guest speakers, internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions. For summer 2023, we are offering four country programs:
- The Balkans
Applications for summer 2023 are now open. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until programs are full.
The International Field Program enables emerging practitioners and researchers to gain field experience in an academic environment. Since its inception in 2002, hundreds of students have traveled to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The IFP is unique among international affairs programs in the United States for its extended field stays. In the course of nine weeks, students work and conduct research with community-based organizations,
NGOs, international organizations, and governmental agencies. Topics explored and skills developed are broad and varied, ranging from community development, policy advocacy, citizen journalism, and post-conflict state building to urban planning, microenterprise, and monitoring and evaluation.
The IFP faculty consists of prominent scholars and leading experts on the topics and regions of engagement, and customized programs offer students from all disciplines access to on-the-ground collaborations with a wide network of academics,
NGO professionals, community activists, and government agencies.
The IFP is open to master's and PhD students, undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors), and continuing education professionals from all fields and areas of study. The program is open to both New School students and applicants from other universities.
Country programs may be canceled due to COVID or safety and security concerns.