International Field Programs


International Field Programs (IFP) provide practical field experiences that link students to governments and global NGOs for more than eight weeks of development work. Students learn to evaluate social and political forces affecting communities abroad and critically and comparatively assess local issues.


Civic engagement on a global scale is a central goal of the IFP. Before students begin work in the field, they learn how to apply research skills and methods to real-world scenarios, taking advantage of New York City as a testing ground. Students who participated in the 2011 Uganda IFP, for example, used the skills they acquired in New York to assist them in their work with organizations involved in urban development. Program participants researched issues such as waste management, slum upgrading, and affordable housing in collaboration with key stakeholders, including the World Bank, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Jinja Municipal Council, and community organizations. Upon completing the IFP, students return for the fall IFP Conference where they present their work and foster a dialogue about how to continue building on their learning experiences with the rest of the New School community.

Learn more about this project at International Field Programs.

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