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The program is capped at 38 students. Only current undergraduate students can participate in the program. Selection to the program is based on academic performance, and character references. Students must be able and willing to work within groups. Selection may also reflect the program's goal of having a balanced interdisciplinary student body.

Applications are reviewed in May. Notifications are sent to all applicants by mid-June.

Deadline to apply

Applications are still being accepted! We will continue up until November 1, 2014,

 To apply

If you are a non McGill student you must apply for admission to the University. You must be registered in a degree program at your home university and have completed at least two semesters of study. Follow all the required steps and submit all the supporting documents.

If you are currently registered as a McGill student, include with your CFSIA application all of the required components listed under McGill students.

Non McGill students (follow all the steps)

                                    ***NEW PROCEDURES***

1.  Apply to the Canadian Field Study Semester in Africa. You must submit the following documents: 

  • Africa application form.pdf (please fill the form on line and then print) 
  • 1 original reference letter 1 
  • 1 letter of intent. Maximum length: 2 pages 2 
  • Official or copy of your unofficial transcript
    Your CGPA must be B or higher, 3.0 or higher or 70% or higher. 
  • Copy of your letter of permission 3 
  • $1000 program application deposit. Send your deposit by check directly to Student Accounts. For complete address click here. This fee is refundable

 2. Send your CFSIA application to the following address:

Canadian Field Studies in Africa
McGill University, Faculty of Science
Dawson Hall, Room 408
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 0G5
Phone: 514-398-1063
Fax: 514-398-8102

3. Application to McGill

Your application to McGill will follow your acceptance to the Canadian Field Studies in Africa. Detailed instructions will be sent to you via email.

McGill students (follow all the steps)

1. Apply to the Canadian Field Study Semester in Africa. You must submit the following documents: 

  • Africa application form.pdf (please fill the form on line and then print) 
  • 1 original reference letter 1 
  • 1 letter of intent. Maximum length: 2 pages 2 
  • Official or copy of your unofficial transcript
    Your CGPA must be B or higher, 3.0 or higher or 70% or higher. 
  • $1000 program application deposit. Pay your $1000 program application deposit to McGill University using on-line banking. This fee is refundable.
    Once you have done this, email Student Accounts to notify the financial office that the payment has been made with the subject of the email being Africa Field Studies Semester -deposit-. 

2. Send your CFSIA application to the following address:

Canadian Field Studies in Africa
McGill University Faculty of Science
Dawson Hall, Room 408
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 0G5
Phone: 514-398-1063
Fax: 514-398-8102

 Notes

1. Reference letter: This is intended to reflect not simply your academic ability, which we can largely deduce from your transcript, but also your referee's assessment of your suitability for a program that requires you to live in close proximity with other students, in isolated and sometimes difficult conditions, over an extended period of time. The reference letter may be from personal, academic, or professional sources. Letters from friends and family members are not recommended.

2. Letter of intent: this letter should clearly describe how you feel this program will contribute to your education. It should also explain how your expertise will contribute to the program, outlining your relevant background and experience.

3. Letter of permission: you will require a letter of permission from your educational institution to participate in the CFSIA (only for non-McGill students)