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SGPS Programs are open to any of the following applicants: college and university students interested in the field of preservation, continuing education students, people with working experience in the fields of restoration, preservation and other related fields. All applicants must be over 18 years old and consenting adults.

Benefit from our discount on multiple program fees: apply to more than one program and we will deduct 10% from your second tuition fee.

If you have any questions, please contact Polly Withers at pwithers@iirpsemail.org.



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1. Determine the session and program you are interested in:
Session I: May 27 – June 21, 2019 (programs include historic buildings, archaeological ceramics and book bindings restoration)
Intersession:  Italy Preservation Field Trip (June 23 to July 2, 2019)
Session II: July 8 – August 2, 2019 (programs include paper restoration, painting techniques and archaeological survey)

2. Determine if you are taking the course for a certificate issued by SGPS or for credit by your university. Please see our Accreditation page for further information on obtaining credit for our programs.

3. If you require course credit, field experience credit or internship credit from your university, please check with your school to determine if they will accept work done in our programs. Upon request, we will provide your school with the syllabi of your courses, a record of your attendance and a grade and evaluation for your participation.

4. Fill out the SGPS application form (online or download the Word document) and follow all instructions indicated on that form. Deadline: March 15, 2019, for both Session I & Session II. This date will be extended if there is space available in the program. If you have any problems filling in the form, please contact Polly Withers at pwithers@iirpsemail.org.

Online Application Form

Please use our online application link above. If you have any problems with the online form, you can also download a copy here: Download Application Form

5. Shortly after we receive your application form, you will be contacted by SGPS via email. If you do not receive an email from us within 24 hours please check your junk mail. It would be a good idea to add pwithers@iirpsemail.org to your safe list to ensure that you receive future emails. You will be required to pay the application fee of $50 as well as a $450 deposit to activate your application (see refund policy below) by March 15, 2019. If you complete your application form and pay the deposit before January 1st, 2019, then we will waive your application fee (saving $50).

6. Submit the following documentation:
a) If you are currently a student: a transcript from your college or university to document that you are enrolled in an institution of higher learning.
b) If you are a graduate: proof of your college or university degree. If you have no degrees: proof of work experience in the field of conservation or related fields.
c) All applicants: one letter of recommendation from a professor or employer. This can be mailed or emailed directly by the professor or employer.
d) All applicants must submit proof you are 18 years or older: (copy of passport is preferable, or driver’s license or birth certificate)
Documentation is not required at the same time, however, all required documents should be received before we can officially accept your application.

7. If you have any questions about the application procedure contact: Polly Withers, US Tel: (718) 768-3508, email: pwithers@iirpsemail.org

8. If you have any questions about the program contact Polly Withers or Max Cardillo: US Tel: (718) 768-3508, email: pwithers@iirpsemail.org or mcardillo@iirpsemail.org

9. IMPORTANT: There are two documents that, in order to participate in any SGPS program, students must a) review, b) email SGPS confirmation that they agree to the conditions set, and c) provide signed copies (we provide copies in San Gemini before classes begin).

1) Liability release form
2) Student rules and regulations

10. The mandatory health and accident insurance is purchased and administered by SGPS, NOT BY THE STUDENTS. The insurance is mandatory for the duration of your participation in the San Gemini Preservation Studies program.

Note: Please do not make travel arrangements until you have been accepted and received confirmation. SGPS reserve the right to review the applicants and determine who will be accepted into the programs.

Refund Policy: On March 16th we will establish if we have the enrollment required for the program to go ahead. Should the program be cancelled due to low enrollment, or any other SGPS decision, applicants will be fully refunded. If an applicant withdraws their application before the March 16th deadline, they will be refunded the $450 deposit but not the $50 application fee. Those students that withdraw their application after March 16 will not receive a refund of either the application fee or the deposit.



San Gemini Preservation Studies
International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies

203 Seventh Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
tel. 718 768 3508