Outbound Opportunities

Sri Lanka Field School 2020


Travel to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka for an experiential learning opportunity of a lifetime...

View the Spring 2020 Sri Lanka Field School Brochure

Program Dates - Spring 2020

Classes at MRU: Late April - Early May

In Sri Lanka (three weeks): May 9 - May 30

Conclusion: Early June

Participants must be available for:

  • The Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation (February)
  • Mandatory Host Culture Orientation (April)
  • On-campus Lecture Days before the actual travel dates
  • Completion of final academic components - online (early June)
  • Field School Showcase (fall 2020)

Participants accepted in to the field school program will be provided with the detailed meeting schedule and itinerary.

Course Credit

Participants will be enrolled in the following two courses for the field school:

ANTH 2121 - Field Studies in Anthropology (3 credits)

SLGY 2731 - Selected Topics: Social Problems (3 credits)

Information Session

To find out more, attend a scheduled information session listed below. If you are unable to attend, carefully review the Sri Lanka SL 2020 Student Information Package and contact field school instructors Samanti Kulatilake (skulatilake@mtroyal.ca) and Tom Buchanan (tbuchanan@mtoryal.ca).

Wednesday, March 27, 20194:00 - 5:00 p.m.EA 1067


Application Process

Submit your Intent to Apply: Sri Lanka Field School 2020 by May 15, 2019 via Google Forms

Submit your Application Form (available in September) via Google Forms by 4 p.m. on October 4, 2019. Your unofficial transcript (PDF from mruGradU8) must be attached to the application.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, October 11, 2019.

Note: Successful applicants will need to complete the International Education Field School Registration Package after acceptance into the program (see below).

Application Deadline

Friday, October 4, 2019

The completed Sri Lanka Field School Application Form including your unofficial mruGradU8 transcript is due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019.

Registration Deadline

Friday, October 25, 2019.

Successful applicants will:

  1. complete the International Education Field School Registration Package and submit to the International Education Office in EB 3005 (by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019)
  2. pay the initial deposit of $575 in order to confirm their spot in the program at the Office of the Registrar (A 101) using the blue payment slips available from International Education (by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019).

Failure to submit the Registration Package and the initial deposit by this deadline will result in the spot being given to another student.

Program Costs

Sri Lanka Field School Program Fees - $2775

The Sri Lanka Field School Program Fees cover accommodation in double/triple/dorm rooms, most meals, local transportation, all field school activities and entrance fees, instructor travel and program delivery costs, honoraria, gratuities, contingency fee, and MRU administration fee.

Program fees are payable in person at the Office of the Registrar (A 101) according to the payment deadlines as outlined in the table below:

1st Deposit*Friday, October 25, 2019$575
2nd DepositFriday, December 13, 2019$1,110
3rd DepositFriday, February 14, 2020$1,100

*Initial program deposit is non-refundable and secures the participant's place in the program. Possibility of refund of subsequent deposits due to withdrawal from the program will be assessed and determined at the time of withdrawal according to the field school refund policy.

Program fees do no include course tuition or additional student expenses. These are outlined in the following sections.

MRU Tuition & General Fees

MRU tuition and fees for ANTH 2121 and SLGY 2731 (6 credits total) are in addition to the program fees and will be assessed to each student's account in April 2020. They are payable to MRU by the spring 2020 fee payment deadline.

The fees for the two academic courses (6 credits) should be considered as par of the regular student university academic expenses. These Spring credit courses representing full-time study are student loan eligible.

Tuition and general fees for the courses will ideally be part of the student's academic program budget allocated to complete graduation requirements. It is the student's responsibility to check with their advisor  as to how these courses would fit into their individual program's graduation requirements.

Additional Student Expenses

Students are responsible for all additional expenses not included in the program fees such as return airfare to Sri Lanka, trip interruption and cancellation insurance, immunizations, travel health and medical insurance, passport, Sri Lanka Visitor Visa, some meals, snacks and incidentals, travel essentials, personal spending, etc.

Estimates of additional student costs are available at the Information Session / SL 2020 Student Information Package.

Financial Assistance

Successful field school applicants will receive a $1,000 grant from the MRU International Mobility Award to use towards the costs associated with the Sri Lanka 2020 field school. Further information about this and other grants will be provided to successful applicants.

Contact Information:

Dr. Samanti Kulatilake: skulatilake@mtroyal.ca

Dr. Tom Buchanan: tbuchanan@mtoryal.ca

Trinda Guillet: tguillet@mtroyal.ca