About This Program

Since its inception in 2002, our signature International Field Program (IFP) has hosted hundreds of students in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. 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 government agencies. The topics range from community development, policy advocacy, citizen journalism, and post-conflict state-building to urban planning and long-term monitoring and evaluation. Our faculty-led, customized programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students from The New School and other universities as well as continuing education professionals in the United States and around the world.

The IFP is being planned along two tracks — one based on an in-person experience abroad and the other assuming that the program will be online/remote due to COVID-19. It is our hope that the IFP will take place on the ground, but if it is not safe, the program will run as an online collaboration with our local partners in the various sites.

What You'll Gain

  • Experience in the field within an academic environment
  • 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
  • Critical engagement 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, guided by dedicated IFP faculty, prominent scholars, and leading experts

How You'll Learn

  • Firsthand field exposure to a multiplicity of perspectives, ideas, and people
  • Frequent field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions

Ethiopia/Kenya Remote Studio
May 17 - July 2, 2021

Cuba IFP 
May 24–July 23, 2021

The Balkans IFP 
June 1–July 31, 2021

London Drug Policy IFP
June 7–July 16, 2021

India/Nepal IFP
July 5–August 16, 2021


This program is open to the following categories of students as long as they can participate (on-site or online) in fieldwork in the summer:

  • Advanced undergraduate students
  • Graduate students (master's and PhD)
  • Individuals pursuing continuing education in any field


Students who successfully complete the program earn academic credits in The New School's Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs. New School credits are normally transferable, but students should consult an academic advisor at their home institution to confirm transferability of the credits and application to graduation requirements.

Records and Transcripts

Students can request that a transcript of the program be mailed to another college or university by submitting the online Transcript Request to the Registrar's Office.

Tuition and Expenses

The cost of the program may vary from year to year and depends on a variety of factors, including financial aid eligibility and the student's selected field site.

Costs Covered by the University

  • Housing*
  • Faculty supervision on-site
  • Program activities

*Please note that because of university policy, students may not opt out of housing arrangements.

Costs Covered by the Student

Fixed Costs

  • Tuition, 3 or 6 credits: For graduate students, tuition is based on the International Affairs per-credit cost. For undergraduate students, there is a $5,130 flat fee for 6 credits. Please email ifp@newschool.edu with questions about specific program costs. 
  • Tuition, noncredit: There is a $5,130 flat fee for those who wish to participate in the IFP without earning academic credits.

Additional Variable Costs

  • Airfare to and from the IFP location
  • Local travel and transportation
  • Living and personal expenses beyond housing
  • Vaccinations and other medical expenses

To apply, you need to have the following materials ready before filling out the online application:

  1. A recent résumé or CV
  2. An academic or professional writing sample or portfolio
  3. A brief essay for your first-choice IFP country
  4. A brief essay for your second-choice IFP country

Without these document files available and ready for upload, you will not be able to complete the application process.

The writing sample can be a professional/academic paper (7-10 pages in length) showcasing your writing ability or a portfolio (media, design, or art) highlighting your recent work in relation to the project of your first- and/or second-choice IFP sites.

The brief essays (approximately 250-500 words) should explain:

  1. Your reasons for wanting to participate in that particular IFP site — what experience or coursework leads you to choose that country?
  2. What experiences (research, internships, community service, travel, extracurricular activities, etc.) have you had that make you a strong candidate?
  3. What do you expect to gain from the experience, and how does the IFP align with your study plans and goals?
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