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Our vision is to raise awareness and enhance the protection of our shared human past. We seek to reinforce the idea that archaeology is a public good by fortifying the place the discipline holds in the public consciousness and imagination. Our mission is to expand the offerings of archaeology field schools to students across the world, develop a system of excellence in both research and pedagogy and use economies of scale to ensure the affordability, growth and sustainability of our field schools. Whether taken for required fieldwork training, additional academic credits, accelerated graduation, resume-building achievements, or simply to realize a once-in-a-lifetime transformative experience, IFR field schools infuse within students a lifelong relationship with archaeology.
Operating as an independent, nonprofit organization, the Institute for Field Research (IFR) offers academic excellence in field training and international education. By working with leading scholars from universities across the world, the IFR delivers a broad range of regional and temporal study abroad programs in both Archaeology and Environmental Studies (ES). All programs are academically rigorous with strong emphasis on teaching through basic research. IFR goal is to create a community of scholars in each program we operate. To ensure the highest academic standards, each field school is annually peer-reviewed by the IFR distinguished Academic Board members. IFR field schools are globally present with dozens of programs to choose from and with a diverse, global student body.
Any student, regardless of his/her matriculating university, may attend an IFR field school -- as long as they are at least 18 years old. Students are no longer limited to the expertise of faculty members at their home campus, and faculty can recruit the best students from around the globe. All participating students are rewarded with 12 transferable quarter credit units (equivalent to 8 semester credit units) through the IFR university partner - the University California Los Angeles (UCLA).