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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.

        The deadline to apply is April 30th, 2018


 To apply

McGill students (follow all the steps)

If you are currently registered as a McGill student, include with your Africa Field Study Semester application all of the required components listed below.

  1. Apply to the Africa Field Study Semester. You must submit the following documents:
    Africa Field Study Semester application webform
    • 1 original reference letter 1  - PDF format only
    • 1 letter of intent. Maximum length: 2 pages 2  - PDF format only
    • C.V. (can be written in French or English) - PDF format only
    • Official or copy of your unofficial transcript - PDF format only
  2. Send your complete Africa Field Study Semester application (instructions on the webform) by email to: ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Africa%20application) (Internships and Field Studies Office)

Non McGill students (follow all the steps)

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.

  1. Apply to the Africa Field Study Semester. You must submit the following documents:
    Africa Field Study Semester application webform
    • 1 original reference letter 1  - PDF format only
    • 1 letter of intent. Maximum length: 2 pages 2  - PDF format only
    • C.V. (can be written in French or English) - PDF format only
    • Official or copy of your unofficial transcript - PDF format only
    • Copy of your letter of permission 3  - PDF format only
  2. Send your complete Africa Field Study Semester application (instructions on the webform) by email to: ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Africa%20application) (Internships and Field Studies Office)

     

    Our university partners

    Our program is offered in partnership with the following universities:

    Queen's University. If you are a Queen’s student, click here to learn more about the Queen's University International Centre options.
    University of British Columbia. If you are a UBC student, click here here to learn more about Go Global and how to apply to the program
    Western University. If you are a student at Western, click here to learn more on how to apply to the program. Visit the Africa Institute at Western.

    We are in discussion with other Canadian universities. We welcome excellent students from the best universities in Canada and abroad.

  3. Application to McGill

    Your application to McGill will follow your acceptance to the Africa Field Study Semester. Detailed instructions will be sent to you via email.


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 must be signed and must come directly from the referee's valid email address. Letters from friends and family members are not recommended.

2. Letter of intent: The letter of intent should include a description of any experience relevant to ‘field skills’. Such experiences may include: camping, leadership, travel, group living, outdoor sports, scouting, participation in camps, etc. These can be in the form of work, leisure or hobby pursuits. The letter should also include a description of how the program would contribute to your education and career aspirations.

3. Letter of permission: You will require a letter of permission from your educational institution to participate in the Africa Field Study Semester(only for non-McGill students)