Terms and Conditions


Students applying to attend the Irish Archaeology Field School (hereafter IAFS) field school agree to the following terms and conditions*:

Students must be aged 18 years or older on their first day of their participation in the Irish Archaeology Field School programme.


All students will be required to read and agree to the programme safety statement. All direction given on site by IAFS personnel must be complied with.

Students are required to behave in a safe manner at all times, bearing in mind their own personal safety, and that of their fellow students and colleagues in Ireland.

Physical requirements and working environment

Students should be aware that:

  • Archaeological field work involves real, hard physical work; on your feet or your knees and with your trowel, and sometimes with heavier tools
  • Conditions in the field will not be the typical university learning environment and are different than those you experience in your home, dorms or college town
  • IAFS archaeological excavations are carried out in an outdoor environment in all weather conditions – including rain, sun, heat or cold (often in a single day).
  • This is hands-on, experiential learning and students will study on-site how to conduct archaeological research.
  • You must be willing to work hard and to engage with the local community in a professional and respectful manner in an official capacity whilst on site, and unofficially when off-duty
  • You must ensure they are physically fit to walk the distance to and from their accommodation provider every day
  • If you have medical concerns, please discuss them with your doctor.  All other concerns may be discussed with project director – as appropriate.

Student Health

On booking, students will be required to state that they are physically fit to participate in the excavation. Fitness includes physical fitness to carry out the work, as described above, and the capacity to work in a team, with local and international staff, students and volunteers, and to follow direction from the project staff.

In stating that you are physically fit to participate, you will also be asked to declare any medical, health or nervous conditions that you may have, and to detail any relevant medication that you are taking. The IAFS will endeavour to accommodate all needs and abilities, within the extent of resources available on the project.


Students taking prescribed medication must ensure that they bring an adequate supply of their required medication with them to Ireland, enough to last the duration of their stay, and where possible, an emergency supply (in case of travel delays etc). Students should consult with their medical practitioner when planning their trip, to ensure that they may travel and stay in Ireland safely for the duration of their planned stay.

Dress code

Students must wear sturdy foot wear. Open-toe shoes or lightweight footwear are not advised due to the on-site conditions.

The IAFS requires that students dress appropriately for the site conditions and weather. This includes clothing to protect the skin from the adverse affects of sun exposure, and hat for same. Also warm clothing and rain-wear (waterproof jacket & pants) to ensure students are warm and dry in cold / wet weather conditions.

The IAFS advises that students wear long trousers / pants. There is also vegetation on site that may cause stings, scratches and discomfort (such as thistles and nettles). Shorts and skirts are not advisable.

Privacy policy

  • the IAFS will not share your information with third parties
  • student should be aware that the IAFS may use site photography and quotes from social media in publications / marketing
  • the IAFS will, at your request, at any time, remove your contact information from our lists


Students will be advised on the legal conditions under which archaeological excavation may be undertaken and the roles and responsibilities of the duty holders on site (see www.archaeology.ie). Students must follow the direction of the duty holder in respect to the investigation and excavation of the archaeological site.

Bullying & harassment

The IAFS will not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination by students while participating in the field school. Students found to be engaging in such behaviour may be asked to leave the programme, following disciplinary procedures.


The Irish Archaeology Field School, its employees and agents, act only as agents in operating this programme and are not liable for any loss, delay, injury, or damage to person or property resulting from any cause beyond the control of the operating agents. The operating agents reserve the right to alter this programme at their discretion without prior notice to students. The programme directors reserve the right to refuse to retain any person as a member of this programme in which case no refund is made. No refunds are possible for service not used by students after the programme is in operation. Any additional expense resulting from illness, accident, natural disasters, wars, strikes, riots, acts of governments, improper passports, visas or necessary travelling documents, or from any conditions whatsoever beyond the control of the operating company are to be borne by the individual student.


  • Students must pay a €500 deposit at the time of booking to secure their place in the field school
  • Tuition fees must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the students start date.
  • Payment can be made through the following options:
    • international bank transfer to Irish bank account
    • through PayPal (an additional admin fee of 3.5% will apply)


The IAFS requires direct contact information for each student (individual booking forms). Students will be issued with information and learning materials relevant to their enrolment in the field school. Contact information will not be shared with third parties.

Cancellation policy

  • if you cancel more than eight weeks (40 business days) before the first day of your attendance (by 5pm GMT), we will refund all monies paid less a 15% administration fee for every registration / student.
  • if you cancel more than four weeks but less than eight weeks (21 to 39 business days) before the first day of your attendance (by 5pm GMT), we will refund half (50%) of the amount paid.
  • if you cancel less than four weeks (20 business days) before the first day of your attendance (by 5pm GMT), or if you simply do not show up, you will not eligible for any refund.
  • the IAFS reserves the right to cancel any field school activities. In the unlikely event of such an occurrence, the IAFS will notify you as soon as possible and you will be eligible for a full refund for time lost on site.

The IAFS expects that:

  • students will take responsibility for their own learning and personally contribute towards creating and maintaining an atmosphere and environment which is conducive to learning for all
  • students will attend and take an active part in lectures, seminars, laboratories and classes, as required by your programme of study
  • students will use the IAFS facilities and equipment with respect and consideration for others
  • students will be courteous and behave in a professional manner at all times
  • students will be sensible to the culture and customs of the local place and people

IAFS Students can expect:

  • to be supported, both academically and personally, to help you complete your IAFS participation within the designated timeframe
  • to be offered a comprehensive orientation programme to help you settle into the field school
  • to benefit from a research-informed teaching experience that will prepare you for required  assignments
  • to be given timely and appropriate feedback on your academic performance
  • to be given the opportunity to provide formal feedback following your time with IAFS that staff will be courteous and professional at all times

Failure to comply

Students in violation of the code of conduct will be expelled from the programme at the instructor’s discretion. In the event a student is expelled, the student is not eligible to receive a refund of any of the fees paid to the IAFS.

Expelled students will not be permitted to participate in any programme activity or be entitled to any programme benefits. Furthermore, the student will be responsible for any additional costs incurred for lodging and transportation once expelled.

Code of Conduct

Your participation in the Irish Archaeology Field School makes you a representative of the IAFS.  Therefore, you must adhere to our code of conduct. Students are subject to disciplinary action for several types of misconduct or attempted misconduct, including but not limited to:

1. Disruption of teaching, research, administration, or other IAFS activities;

2. Physical abuse, threats of violence, forms of sexual assault, or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person on IAFS property or in connection with official IAFS functions, including those activities taking place in the field;

3. Disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, or failure to comply with the directions of an IAFS employee or field school staff member acting in his/her official capacity;

4. Unlawful use, possession, sale, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances on IAFS properties or at official IAFS field activities and functions.

5. Archaeological heritage is the property of the people and nation in which students are working.  Sites, artifacts and ecofacts are not private property.  Trading, selling or otherwise removing material culture from sites without authorization from project director is violation of the law.  As in many parts of the world, trading in antiquities is considered criminal offence, subject to prosecution and jail time.  Do not engage in any trading, exchanging, selling or buying of archaeological artifacts at any time.

6. Archaeology is a destructive science.  Uncontrolled excavation is considered looting and may be subject to prosecution.  Follow your site director and staff excavation and/or survey instructions carefully and do not initiate excavations or any other type of removal of archaeological artifacts, features or ecofacts on your own.

7. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of IAFS documents, data, or identification;

8. Theft of, damage to, or destruction of any property of the IAFS or property of others while on IAFS premises;

9. Unauthorized entry to or use of IAFS properties, equipment, or resources or imagery anywhere in the world;

10. Alcohol – Drinking alcohol while socializing can be common in Ireland and may be much different than in the students home country.  Drinking may be part of the social experience, but not the focus of it.  Excessive drinking or drunken behaviour is not acceptable. If your consumption of alcohol becomes disruptive to your programme, it is cause for immediate expulsion.  If you choose to drink, please be responsible.

*Ts & Cs are updated annually. Applicants will be sent the most up to date Terms and Conditions, and must read and abide by these terms.