The International Field Studies course entails travel to discover and learn from architectural heritage conservation practice abroad. Students gain up to date knowledge through first-hand exposure to professional preservationists and their work through visiting counterpart educational institutions and conserved buildings, sites, and urban settings. The selection of a single place to visit in satisfaction of this course’s requirements will be agreed upon prior to the beginning of Semester Two. The study trip of approximately 7 days usually occurs during Spring Break.
During the first six weeks of Semester Two four lectures are offered on International Architectural Conservation Practice that address matters of World Heritage, regional developments in heritage conservation, international practice, and background to the places we plan to visit. Attendance is required of all students in the course regardless of their choice of study trip options.
The primary International Field Studies trip(s) will include at least one MPS faculty member. The faculty will assist students in arranging their International Field Studies experience although it is each student’s responsibility to organize and pay for their own travel and accommodations in relation to the trip. Local transport, joint meals, entrance fees, and similar costs will be tallied and shared by all trip participants except the trip leaders whose costs are covered by the University.
This course requires the submission of a 10-page double spaced typed paper describing what you did to satisfy the courseʼs objectives, what was learned during your experience, and how it in your opinion it may inform your career in historic preservation. The due date for submission of the PRST 6420 International Field Studies Report in hard copy is no later than 30 March.
Students not wishing to travel to the planned destination may organize a substitute self-guided mission to another country that should be equal in length and level of concentration as the planned class trip. Students who wish to not travel at all may substitute the experience by producing a 30-40 page definitive essay on some aspect of international conservation practice.