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  • Locations: Atlanta, GA, United States; Aurora, CO, United States; Bozeman, MT, United States; Columbia, MO, United States; Dinosaur National Monument, CO, United States; Flagstaff, AZ, United States; Grand Teton National Park, WY, United States; Jackson, MS, United States; Las Vegas, NV, United States; Mammoth Lakes, CA, United States; Morefield Campground, CO, United States; Olema, CA, United States; Olympia, WA, United States; Pine Springs, TX, United States; Portland, OR, United States; San Francisco, CA, United States; Santa Fe, NM, United States; Sapelo Island, GA, United States; Seattle, WA, United States; Tulelake, CA, United States; Zion National Park, UT, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 11/15/2021 11/24/2021 06/09/2022 08/07/2022
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Domestic Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Instruction: Fieldwork/Research
Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: Franklin Academic Area: Anthropology, Ecology, Geology
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum number of credit hours: 12 Maximum number of credit hours: 12
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Location: Off-Campus
Program Description:

UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program

The UGA IFP is a two month program in field-based Geology, Ecology, and Anthropology open to all majors.

The IFP begins in early June and spends several days of classroom and field instruction at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, Georgia. From there, the course travels west via the Desert Southwest and arrives on the Pacific coast in the San Francisco Bay area approximately four weeks into the trip. The route then heads north through the Pacific Northwest before heading back east through the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

Along the way, the group visits some of the country’s most spectacular national parks and monuments, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake, and Yellowstone. Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves physically on famous hiking trails such as the Narrows in Zion National Park and up Mount St. Helens in Washington and to explore fantastic cities such as Portland and San Francisco on days off.  

The program travels by van, moving every few days to new campsites. Nearly all accommodations are in campgrounds, which range from developed (with hot showers and laundry facilities) to primitive (with pit toilets and no running water). In camp, students assist with various chores, such as loading/unloading, cleaning, and meal preparation.

Days are long and the work is demanding, but IFP participants are rewarded with great memories and friendships that last a lifetime!

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Program Reviews:
Emily Clare Barber, Summer 2019 Participant
This trip truly changed my life for the better and made me recognize the value of an interdisciplinary education. What we learned was fully pertinent to life, nonetheless my degree. The method of this trip (camping and hiking for 2 months) allowed me to form lifelong friendships with both students and staff, who have helped me along in the process of applying to graduate schools. I wouldn't have traded this summer for anything.

Spencer Franklin Sumner, Summer 2019 Participant
Very rigorous, lecture from sunup to sundown

Cal Bryan Jacobs, Summer 2019 Participant
Ifp, will change your life. It is seeing the natural world, with experienced experts at your side who love to be there for you. You won't come back the same as you left, you will grow in appreciation for so many things.