SFU: NATO Field School and Simulation Program 2020

Italy, Europe Latvia, Europe Belgium, Europe Canada, North America Past Program Political Science

Recommended Credits: 6 SFU Graduate Units; 12 SFU Undergraduate Units
Program Website: https://sfu-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=programs&mode=form&id=8ffcc200316be367f8b537ac924b8823

Duration of Program:

February 28 - March 11: Field School 101 online Canvas Program (mandatory)

March 12: Pre-departure Orientation

May 8 - 29: Sessions at SFU (Burnaby/MARPAC/Cold Lake)

June 1 - June 5: Ottawa, Canada 

June 8 - June 12: Brussels, Belgium

June 12 - June 19: Riga, Latvia

June 19 - June 26: Rome, Italy 

 
Dates are provided as a guideline and are subject to change. 

NATO Field School will offer 12 credits for undergraduate students and 6 credits for graduate students:

Undergraduate Students: POL 484-12: NATO Field School and Simulation Program

This intensive Political Science course combines classroom learning, visitor expert modules, negotiation training and field studies to observe NATO and EU facilities, interact with diplomatic and military personnel, and simulate the decision-tasks faced by diplomats. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers and internships in global affairs, multinational organizations, the defence and security sectors, and other careers in the public service.

Graduate Students: POL 880-6: NATO Field School and Simulation Program

This intensive Political Science course combines classroom learning, visitor expert modules, negotiation training and field studies to observe NATO and EU facilities, interact with diplomatic and military personnel, and simulate the decision-tasks faced by diplomats. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers and internships in global affairs, multinational organizations, the defence and security sectors, and other careers in the public service.

The NATO Field School and Simulation program is open to senior undergraduate and graduate students from across Canada and from all NATO member states. Students are guided by experts to engage, observe, and interact with security, defence, and diplomatic practitioners. We travel to military locations in Canada and to decision-makers in Ottawa, and then NATO and EU facilities in Belgium, Latvia, and Italy. Through NATO-designed simulations, students are immersed in the decision tasks of diplomatic, military, and international organizations. Like a dynamic practicum or apprenticeship, the NATO Field School prepares you for entry-level employment in foreign affairs, defence policy, and various national and international security sectors. Other opportunities form from internships created for the NATO Field School alumni. 

In Belgium students will visit NATO HQ, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, EU Military Staff HQ and the European External Action Service. In Latvia, the cohort will observe the Task Force HQ, the Canadian Battlegroup, and visit NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence. At the NATO Defense College in Rome, students engage in a 4-day crisis-management simulation mentored by NATO Staff. Various Embassy briefings, guided tours of World War II battle fields in Latvia and Italy and Cold-War museums fill out the historical and political experiences.

Field School Director: Dr. Alexander Moens (nato@sfu.ca)

NATO Field School Departmental Website