People tell me all of the time that they are jealous of my awesome field study adventures. Why? What I think that most people do not realize is that can do it too!
Field studies is an ISP program at BYU that encourages student owned learning, inquiry based research. It allows ambitious students to design their own faculty mentored research or creative projects according to their own majors and interests in order to get academic credit that actually helps them towards graduation and grad school. It is by far one of the cheapest international study opportunities on campus, and it has certainly been the best learning experience that I have had during my undergraduate education.
Field Studies have several programs available for students, but currently they are looking for good applicants for fall 2011. The programs they are looking to fill are Mexico, Ghana (yay!), or an Individual Field Study. An Individual Program allows anyone with good qualifications, cultural understanding, and language skills to go anywhere on the BYU approved travel list to do their own research or creative project. It is an awesome deal.
Seriously, going to Ghana was one of the best experiences not just of my undergraduate experience, but of my life. Here on this blog you can explore what it is I experienced and the journey I took to get there, but what I want more than anything is to let people know that this is an opportunity available to anyone—married and single people, undergraduates and graduates alike.
To see what other students have done within your area of study or a location you are interested in, check out the field study blog!
If you have any further questions, I would be happy to answer them. You can also contact Field Studies directly to meet, or attend the next information meeting.