In addition to classroom teaching and laboratory work, field trips are an essential part of the Earth sciences programme. Students typically take four field camps locally, overseas or in China to study a wide range of fascinating geological features. Our undergraduate overseas field trips have taken place in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Students learn effectively through authentic, real life experiences during these field trips. They work hard and have great fun at the same time. A pool of good friendships is often built through this unique and exciting form of learning.