A field trip is an educational output, a trip with special tours, a hike or a trip ( teaching and study tour ) under visual or scientific management and goal setting. The word " excursion", from the Latin excursio ( from ex = (her ) out = currere going), translated by Philip of Zesen with " outing ". With prolonged excursions we also speak of a research trip.


Typical excursion destinations include: In the natural sciences an observatory, a nature park, a tourist mine or the exploration of geological or land forms in the art as well as special in vocational education laboratories or companies who visit innovative buildings and related field services, as well as visits to exhibitions, museums and other cultural events.

It is characterized by a defined educational goals and appropriate post-processing, such as in the form of report logs.

As part of the school learning center school for a certain period of time ( for example, from one day to several weeks ) leave to be part of the social studies class, to deal in place with the real object. In this context, to distinguish ( as in the Bavarian education law): the teaching transition (time period in the range of a lesson ), the school trip ( school trip, half -, full-day or multi-day ) as an educational trip, the teacher migration ( migration with proven teaching objectives ) and the operating sensing ( special form of teaching hike into a company that serves the specialized teaching and proven teaching objectives edited).

As part of a university course, an excursion is an external course. It serves the knowledge of a particular subject and teaching as an extension and deepening of a course. Are usually at the respective university field trip guidelines for this purpose.

Colloquially called today the word excursion in the leisure sector for several hours hike in the group with an excursion guide that explains scientific evidence and relationships based on site conditions, visible, or a cultural journey.