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  • International Field Program
  • We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2021. Applications for summer 2022 will open on October 1. 

    Watch The New School's Field Programs Zoom webinar recording.

    The 2022 IFP is being planned along two tracks, one premised on an in-person experience and the other assuming that the program will be online due to COVID-19. It is our hope that the IFPs will take place on the ground in each country, but if it is not yet safe, the program will run remotely. Regardless of which track is realized, we remain hard at work on providing the best online version we possibly can based on our experience in previous years.

    Since its inception in 2002, hundreds of students have participated in our signature International Field Program (IFP) in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The IFP is a platform for emerging practitioners and researchers to gain experience in the field in an academic environment. The IFP's extended field stays are unique among international affairs programs in the United States. In the course of nine weeks, students work and conduct research with community-based organizations, NGOs, international organizations, and governmental agencies. The topics covered range from community development, policy advocacy, citizen journalism, and post-conflict state-building to urban planning and long-term monitoring and evaluation.

    The IFP faculty consists of prominent scholars and leading experts on the topics and regions of engagement. These faculty-led customized programs offer students from all disciplines access to a wide network of on-the-ground collaborations with academics, NGO professionals, community activists, and government agencies relevant to the issues being examined. The dedicated IFP faculty prepare students to engage critically with current international debates and practices in relation to social and economic rights, urban and community development, new media and technology, environmental justice, migration and refugees, governance, conflict, and peacebuilding.

    The IFP is designed to extend learning beyond the classroom. Students get firsthand field exposure to a range of perspectives, ideas, and people through orientation, field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions.

    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.

    Any program is subject to cancellation due to lack of interest, health concerns, politics, conflict, safety, security, or other force majeure events.

  • Contact Us

    International Field Program
    72 Fifth Avenue, room 605
    New York, NY 10011
    ifp@newschool.edu

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