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 (IAFS) 2019 program.


  • Students must pay a €350 deposit fee at the time of booking to secure their place in the field school (or pay in full)
  • If opting for Home Stay accommodation, students must pay an additional €150 deposit fee at the time of booking to secure accommodation
  • Tuition fees must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the students start date
  • Payment can be made through the following options:
    • through international bank transfer (IBAN)*
    • through PayPal (an additional admin fee of 3.5% will apply)
    • there is no facility to pay using a credit card at present

*full payment in Euro required. Any charges applied by your bank must be added to the full Euro amount.

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.

Privacy policy

  • the IAFS will not share your information with third parties, unless required for administrative, safety or emergency purposes
  • students should be aware that the IAFS may use photography, including your image, voice or likeness, and quotes from social media in publications / marketing
  • the IAFS will, at your request, at any time, remove your contact information from our lists


All students will be required to program undergo a program safety orientation. All safety 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.

Flora and Fauna

Work in an outdoor environment may expose you to plants and animal species that can cause injury or illness including (and not limited to):

  • plants – stinging nettles, thistles, thorn bushes
  • biting/stinging insects – midges, ticks, bees, wasps, mosquitoes
  • pollens – grasses, trees, flowers
  • bacteria or viruses from soils, insect bites, poor hygiene – leptospirosis, Lyme disease, tetanus

Students are advised to consult with their medical practitioner and (local government or university) foreign travel office with regard to any health or safety concerns. Minimum preventative measures should include awareness, wearing appropriate clothing for working in an outdoor environment, and may include vaccinations, bringing own first aid treatment for e.g. severe allergic sensitivity to insect bites etc.

Physical requirements and working environment

Students should be aware that:

  • Archaeological field work involves real, strenuous physical work; on your feet or on 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 you are physically fit to walk the distance to and from your accommodation provider every day (if not being dropped/collected)
  • If you have medical concerns, please discuss them with your doctor. Any other concerns should be addressed to field school staff before your participation/arrival to the field school

Student Health

On registering for your program, you will be required to verify that you 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, learning or physical needs that you may have. 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. Please note also that the availability of over-the-counter and prescription medications may differ in Ireland from those that are available in your home country.

Dress code

Students must wear sturdy foot wear. Open-toe shoes or lightweight footwear are not permitted due to excavation practices and on-site conditions.

The IAFS requires that students dress appropriately for the site conditions and weather. This includes clothing to protect the skin from stings, scratches etc and the adverse affects of sun exposure, and hat for same. Students must also bring and wear adequate warm clothing and rain-wear (waterproof jacket & pants), for all weather conditions.

The IAFS advises that students wear long trousers / pants. There are insects and vegetation on site that may cause stings, scratches and discomfort (see above). Shorts and skirts are not advisable.

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 IAFS terms and conditions, and disciplinary action will be applied for 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, identified in state law or regulations
  5. In Ireland, archaeological heritage is the property of the State. Sites, artifacts and ecofacts are not private property. Trading, selling, or otherwise removing material culture from sites without authorisation from project director, is violation of the law. As in many parts of the world, trading in antiquities is a 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. Uncontrolled excavation is considered looting and may be subject to prosecution. Archaeology is a destructive science. Archaeological excavations are carried out under license to the Site Director, as per state legislation. The Site Director is legally responsible for all archaeological investigation at the sites. You are required to follow direction from the Site Director and staff in relation to archaeological investigation and excavation carefully. You are not permitted to 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 IAFS properties, or use of IAFS equipment, resources or imagery anywhere in the world
  10. Alcohol – Drinking alcohol while socialising is common in Ireland and may be much different than in a student’s home country. Drinking may be part of the social experience, but not the focus of it. Excessive drinking or drunken behavior is not acceptable. If your consumption of alcohol becomes disruptive to your program, it is cause for immediate expulsion. If you choose to drink, please be responsible


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 program, following disciplinary procedures. Full details are available in our Bullying and Harassment Policy.

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 program 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 program 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 may be expelled from the program, at the Director’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 program activity or be entitled to any program benefits. Furthermore, the student will be responsible for any additional costs incurred for lodging and transportation once expelled.


The Irish Archaeology Field School, its employees and agents, act only as agents in operating this program 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 program at their discretion without prior notice to students. The program directors reserve the right to refuse to retain any person as a member of this program, in which case no refund is made. No refunds are possible for service not used by students after the program 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.

**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.