ICRPS Summer Institute 2010
Portland State University and Oregon State University host the seventh annual International
Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) summer institute. The summer institute is designed
for graduate students and professionals who wish to broaden their
knowledge of rural policy.
International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) is a co-learning
experience of international, multi-disciplinary faculty, guest
speakers, graduate students and professionals. Participants study
the many facets of rural policy, from policy formulation to policy impacts,
and explore similarities and differences between their countries
and those of other participants.
The ICRPS summer institutes provide students with the opportunity to study in two countries. For students who wish to attend two consecutive schools (one in North America and one in Europe), the program includes advanced topics and an opportunity to share research results with faculty and other students.
Students work in groups to make presentations, analyse documents, prepare policy briefs, meet policy professionals and take part in field trips. Each intensive summer school connects faculty and international students in a dedicated learning environment. In addition, each summer school session is a combination of new and returning students, which enhances the mutual learning experience of both years. Students can take online courses for credit between the two summer schools, as well as pursue a policy research project.
Scotland ICRPS Summer 2009
Summer School Requirements:
The following are general guidelines for admission to the ICRPS summer school. For further details on how to apply through a specific institution, please contact the core faculty member at your home university.
- Graduate student (masters or doctoral) at a partnering institution or a mid-career professional.
- All prospective students applying to the ICRPS program should have a minimum B+ average in previous studies or equivalent.
- As the Summer Schools are conducted in English participants require abilities in reading, writing and speaking. Linguistic abilities in French and Spanish are considered assets.
- Mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
- Interested students or professional can apply to the appropriate program at their home university or to any of the institutions in the ICRPS Consortium.
- An application is made to the ICRPS program through a Letter of Intent (LOI) outlining the applicant’s reasons for joining the program, as well as their core rural policy interests. The LOI should also indicate whether a student plans to undertake only a summer institute, or whether they are also interested in online courses and/or a research internship. The LOI should be accompanied by the applicant’s resume.
- Applications for the summer institutes should be submitted by May 1 of each year.
- Successful applicants will be informed of their acceptance to the ICRPS program through an official letter of acceptance.
Tuition fees for the ICRPS summer school vary by year.
Please contact one of the partner universities for further information.
Obtaining Academic Credit:
Students participating in ICPRS may be eligible for academic credit towards their respective programs. Students should consult ICRPS faculty members from their institution to determine if and how academic credit can be obtained through participation.
Travel & Airports:
Portland International Airport (PDX) is the nearest international airport.
When applying for a tourist visa to travel to the US for the summer institute, note that you have been selected to participate in a professional meeting/conference.
Getting from the Portland International Airport to Portland State University:
1. Before you come to Portland, check out the website at www.trimet.org to find the best schedule and route.
2. You're leaving from "PDX" (Portland Airport) to "PSU" (Portland State University; you also need to enter a time when you'll be able to catch the train. You can also see all the MAX routes by selecting "PDX Services" right below these selection menus.
3. Check the "show map" box if you would like to see the map of your route.
4. Choose the route recommended by the website, and you can also see the ticket price for each option.
5. After you pick up your luggage on the lower level of the airport, follow the signs to the "MAX" station at the airport. Ticket machines are also located here so be sure to buy a ticket before you get on.
6. There are currency exchanges as well as ATM machines at the airport if you need to get US dollars.
7. You will be staying at the Broadway Building at PSU, which is located at 625 SW Jackson Street. For more information about this sustainable building check out the website at: www.pdx.edu/housing/buildings-broadway.
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Hotel & Lodging:
Full Registration includes Lodging in dormitories at PSU (June 19-23), Chinook Winds (June 24), and OSU (June 25-July 4). If you plan to arrive prior to the conference, you may consider staying:
NW Portland Oregon Hostel
This hostel is near Downtown Portland. Between May 28th to Oct 31st, 2010, the cost of living in a shared bedroom of 2 to 6 will cost you as listed below. Please check the hostel website for more information. Private rooms are also available. Check with hostel for rates.
$22 Weekdays (Sunday-Thursday)*
$25 Weekends (Friday and Saturday)*
Add 12.5% lodging tax. Non-members add $3 per night.
If you have questions about registration please contact OSU Conference Services by calling
1-800-678-6311 or 1-541-737-9300, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.