Field School

Almost every year, the Division of African Area Studies holds Field School programs in different parts of Africa. Lasting more than a week, these programs aim to give students the tools they need to conduct area studies research. Faculty members accompany several students to Africa and present in-depth lectures on field work techniques; techniques for communicating with local people; interview methods; methods for surveying trees, soil and animal ecosystems; experimental design techniques; the proper administration of anti-malarial drugs; and other pertinent information. Participating in Field School programs enable graduate students, especially first-year students, to acquire a higher level of knowledge and skills than they will have gained from their lectures, seminars and exercises at Kyoto University before they begin conducting research on their respective topics. The following is an outline of Field School programs held since 2008.