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  • International Field Program
  • We are currently accepting applications for summer 2021. We will continue accepting applications until programs are full.  

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

    The IFP 2021 will be remote due to COVID-19. After a careful review of the COVID-19 situation, assessing risks, protective measures, and potential harms and consulting with public health and legal experts, we have concluded that the IFPs will be offered in an online format this summer. This was not an easy decision to make, as most of us prefer the in-person experience. We have diligently planned for both in-person and online versions of the program and remain hard at work on providing the best online version we possibly can.

    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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Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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