Can I get credits for this program?

Our transcript states up to 9 credit hours depending on the work put in: 3 for completion of the course itself and 6 for completion of a paper or another final project.

However, this does not always automatically guarantee credits with your home university. You should understand that it is up to the discretion of your home institution whether or not to accept these credits as transferable. So while a student can always have valid credits with Expeditions this may not automatically translate to an equivalent amount of credits towards their degree. We encourage you to see your dean or department head in order to have such a transfer pre-approved.

Here is a link to an example of our credit information sheet.

Can I choose my own topics of research?

Yes, you're even encouraged to do so.

The application forms asks about previous research papers, but I don’t have any yet. Does this mean I’m underqualified for this school?

Certainly not. Students of any academic level can take part in this field school.

Can I do research or papers that are required for my classes back home?

Yes, we will even assist you. PhD students are also welcome and will get personal research guidance. Quite a few of our previous participants used the field school to do gather data for their dissertation. This is an excellent option that we want to encourage: the program provides in an intense follow up of the writing afterwards, so you'll have extra tutors/proofreaders at hand for your dissertation.

I’m interested in anthropology but haven’t had any courses in it (yet). Can this field school be useful for me?

Yes, it can. We start at any level and will hold your hand on your first steps in the wonderful world of anthropology. The project is also an excellent opportunity for people who are thinking about studying anthropology in the future. Next to our guidance you’ll get to know the other participants and share their experiences.

All work and no play?

Of course not.. When you’re with a group of people who share the same interest, even work will be fun. Next to this former participants and ourselves cherish beautiful memories of wild and quiet moments together. Yes, it will be fun!

Is there any equipment mandatory?

No, nothing but a pencil and a notebook... but you’re free to make use of any equipment that you think is necessary for your fieldwork.

What’s the accommodation like?

Our basecamp is located on the border of Xlendi (a very small fishing village). We are staying in two bedroom apartments, each with its own (large) living room, kitchen, bathroom and balcony. Each bedroom has two beds, so each apartment will hold up to four students.
They are grouped by four in two-story high blocks, with an immense roof balcony that doubles as an evening meeting place for anthropological (and otherwise) discussion. The view from the apartments is astonishing!

Tuition Fees?

The price of the course is € 3.250,00
(but there is also an early booking discount)


This course fee includes:
• Accommodation (apartments)
• Dinner
Access to stock of food and drinks for breakfast and lunch
• Introductory Courses
• Official Attendance certificate
• Personalised recommendation certificate
• Supervision with fieldwork analysis and in the write-up stages

Options
• Single bedroom + 700.00€ (has to be booked before March)

Are there any extra costs to the program?

Yes there are:
Airfare to and from Malta International Airport, you’ll have to arrange that yourself. US students: check out the topic below on airfare.

You will need some pocket money (see next item).

How much pocket money do i need?

Getting around on Gozo for your fieldwork by bus costs you at 2 to 4 euro a day, if you do it by taxi it will be 50 euro a day, if you hitchhike (perfectly safe on Gozo) it costs you nothing and will get you some very interesting contacts. For the strongest among us: walking is an option as well.

If you want to engage in leisure activities and want part of the time to be a holiday (and we don't have a problem with that by the way)... well that of course is not included.

Anyway, very few students will be able to manage without pocket money... (though some of our past students did). In reality, you need to get yourself a treat once in a while: an ice-cream, a cup of coffee on a beautiful terrace, dinner away from the group, renting one of those water-bikes, getting a taxi when you had a really depressing day in your fieldwork...


Some advice from a previous student:
Last year, I brought a couple hundred Euros, and I'd say that I spent more than most. --- Transportation is cheap. Last year we went for ice cream, coffee, or lunch fairly often, (and I should warn you there are some great places to shop), but these are the only things you'll really need spending money for. Cappuccino at a restaurant is only about a Euro, and lunch is inexpensive as well.

Everyone will differ, but if your budget is between 5-10 Euro a day, that will put you in the range of bringing about 100-200 Euro. Obviously you can survive on much less, since Expeditions is kind enough to supply you with virtually everything you'll need.

Many of the students used ATM machines, without any hangups and there is one very close by our apartments. Instead of bringing my debit card, I carried a credit card, which I found very easy. Almost everywhere will take your credit card, (minus small vendors at festa and a couple of shops). If you keep track of how much you've spent and pay it on your card when you get back, it saves carrying around a lot of cash. (TIP: It might be a good idea to tell your bank or credit card company that you will be traveling out of the country beforehand)


The brochure says only breakfast and dinner are included, but how about lunch?

You will have our own kitchen and pantry stocked with food, you can eat as much as you like. Due to the climate though it's best to stick to a descent -early- breakfast and dinner (and a snack over lunchtime).

Is the food any good?

Yes, we hold high standards in this, food is a key factor in all our fieldwork. Sometimes we will be dining in a restaurant nearby, but we bring excellent cooks as well who are familiar with local cuisine.

Next to that, our field station has a pantry accessible for everyone at all times, it is stocked on a daily basis with basic food products and fresh produce from local farmers.

How does the program accommodate participants with specific food requirements?

The products available on the island are varied enough to accommodate any preference you might have, regardless if this is a personal preference or a requirement for religious/cultural reasons. If you have specific allergies (eg. nuts) the staff will take al necessary precautions. That said, from aspiring anthropologists we expect an open mind towards all aspects of a culture, food plays a key part in this.

Regarding the airfare non-European students

It can be quite expensive flying to Malta in one booking. A way to work around this is to find a bargain flight to Dublin, London, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Athens... and book a separate ticket from there on. There are low-cost airlines flying from the aforementioned cities. Maybe this can even be an opportunity to visit one (or more) of these cities during an extended layover.

When flying with low-cost airlines: give some attention to their terms and conditions regarding luggage and check-in. They are usually very strict about this and have high extra fees.

Arrival and departure dates and time.

1. Arrival date and time: we expect you to arrive on the exact date your session starts, around noon. So its ideal to look for a flight that arrives between 9am and 5pm local time. Don't worry if that is not possible, we are available 24 hours a day. Even arriving one day later isn't that much of a problem (for example if that flight is much cheaper, or has a better stopover schedule). The first day is more or less a jetlag-day anyway.

2. Departure date and time: same here, on the final day of your session we expect you to leave the project accommodation (10am apartments have to cleared, but you can hang around longer that day, we can store your luggage). We are available 24 hours so you can get any flight that suits you. Most convenient for you will be to have a flight departing between 1pm and 10pm.

3. Staying outside these dates. We can't provide housing or boarding outside these dates, but you are free to arrive earlier or leave later if you would want that. Usually we advise to spend a few days in Valetta in the British Hotel, it's pretty cheap and an experience in itself to stay there (look up the comments on Tripadvisor). We advise to wait a little with booking rooms. As soon as all flights are booked we'll forward the flight information of all participants, it might be possible to share rooms.

Is there internet connection available?

Yes, we provide in a wireless internet connection, accessible for all participants. It won't be a fast connection, since a lot of people are using it, but e-mails, internet search and social networking are possible.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes there are, all the necessary info is available on this page. We advise you to pursue other funding possibilities as well as applying for our scholarships (we get a very high number of applicants each year). A lot of our previous participants have received financial aid through their home institute. It's best to touch base about it with a student advisor and/or professor and show them our program brochure... sometimes they can access other funds when they see it.

How much theoretical background do I need before starting my fieldwork/this program?

With this program we honor our strong belief that anthropological theory has a symbiotic relation to fieldwork. The program is individually tailored around each student and therefore we designed a master-apprentice learning situation (staff/student ratio is one on two). We believe that anthropological fieldwork should be considered as a craftsmanship, a system of stepwise approach to mastery of a craft, (which includes the obtainment of a certain amount of education and the learning of skills). Imagine a blacksmith apprentice doing only theory for a year and then finding out (s)he can't stand the heat of the of the fire? Or a carpenter studying only the physics of a hammer and nail from a book: (s)he will hit his (her) thumb. This program is intended to introduce you to the heat of the fire and to make sure your first wounds aren't lethal. If you grasp these metaphors, you are already a step ahead in fieldwork.

With this we hold a different opinion than a lot of anthropology departments all over the world, who believe you first have to get "fully prepared" for fieldwork. We however, believe that as an anthropologist you can never be fully prepared and the confidence that you might have will trouble your senses. That said, we also maintain a strong belief in the academic framework anthropological theory and the body of knowledge it is building. But we are convinced this body of knowledge can only grow in a direct relation to fieldwork.

I was accepted to the program, was asked to register and pay tuition, but I want to apply for a scholarship. What should I do?

The program reserves spots for scholarship students until the end of March (when the decision is made). We stop accepting applications when the other spots are filled.
 
There are basically two possibilities:
1. You register and pay tuition. If you are awarded a scholarship you will be refunded. If not your spot is still secured.
2. You wait until the scholarship announcements are made (beginning of March) to see if you still want to join the program. Please be aware that usually all 'regular' spots are filled by the end of January.

Can I get more info on the scholarship call or look into examples of proposals who got a scholarship before?

No, but all the info you need is provided in this scholarship call. This is the only way to secure an equal competition and to safeguard the creativity of the proposals. It also ensures that we don’t receive a huge amount of very uniform proposals. We recommend being concise, creative and consider feasibility.

I received my letter of acceptance and registration forms, when is the due date?

We expect this to be handled within two weeks after you received these forms.

Do I need to sign up for the optional projects?

First of all, please understand that the optional projects/workshops are not the central focus of the program. Your own research project comes first at all times. If there is an overlap between your research and the focus of one of the projects you can of course find a ground for collaboration.

Each optional project will present some activities in which you are welcome to participate, but this is not mandatory. Here you can tag along with a researcher in his/her field, gain deeper knowledge and get inspired.

If you are specifically interested in one of these projects/workshops it is highly advised to contact the leading researcher beforehand over e-mail.

And to get back to the initial question: no, there is no need to sign up beforehand.

Do I need IRB approval for my research?

Expeditions does its own ethics review, together with you, during the course of your research. We don't require IRB approval, but if your university does, we will collaborate with them.