Field Study FAQ's
Field Study FAQ’s
How many organizations should I contact when beginning my search?
It’s a good idea to contact at least five organizations. If you end up with options from more than one organization, consult with program staff and faculty to determine which holds the most promise and is the best fit.
Can I get financial aid while I’m on field study?
The financial aid office understands our major and the field study. As long as you are eligible for financial aid, it will likely be available while you are on field study. A list of students going on field study will be sent to the Financial Aid office in early spring quarter, and students going on field study should make an appointment with their financial aid advisor to work out a plan.
Does Community Studies offer financial aid for field study?
Limited funds are available through two scholarships: the Koffend Fund, which is for CMMU students only, and the Nancy Pascal Field Study, which is open to any UCSC student doing a field study. Students will be notified via email and the Community Studies at UCSC Facebook page when the application periods open (during Winter and Spring quarters).
What about finding housing?
Students are responsible for finding their own housing no matter where their field study takes place. If several students are going to the same city, they may arrange to share housing. Additionally, the student’s field study organization may recommend particular areas that are safe and affordable, or refer students to organization employees who may be looking for housemates (or know someone who is). It may seem formidable, but there is no history of any students being unable to arrange field study housing.
How do I submit field notes and papers?
Information about academic assignments, along with other “nuts and bolts” information about the work expected of you while on field study will be provided in CMMU 102, Preparation for Field Study, during spring quarter. Students also receive a packet of material knows as the “Red Folder” containing key documents. Consider it your passport to field study!
What happens if my placement falls through at the last minute (i.e., after I have signed the goals and objectives contract)?
Contact Program Director Pudup and the Program Manager immediately by email: email@example.com.
How to I submit field notes and papers?
This information, as well as other “nuts and bolts” information about the work expected of you while on field study, will be provided via a packet of material you’ll be given (the Red Folder) in CMMU 102.
Whom do I contact if I have questions or problems while I’m on my field study?
Contact Mary Beth Pudup, the Program Director, or the Program Manager. Also note that problem solving around contingencies that may arise on field study is discussed in CMMU 102, Preparation for Field Study, during spring quarter.