Get ready to go!

Salama!

Welcome to the Get ready to go! page for the 2018 Africa Field Study Semester. This website is designed to help you get ready for our departure in January.

Please read through all the information carefully.

It is time to start getting excited about spending this winter on safari in Africa!

If you have any questions about preparations, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Orientation Week 2018

The orientation week will take place during the first week in January, in Montreal and at McGill immediately prior to your departure. Presence is mandatory for everyone; the week will consist of preparatory lectures and events.

You are responsible for transportation to Montreal as well as your room and board for the week. We recommend billeting for students who do not have a place to stay; it will save you some money and will also help you to get to know one another before departure. If you need somewhere to stay or can host another student, please contact the office before November 1, 2017 and we will make the arrangements.

Preparing for the AFSS Program

Meet & greet (mandatory session)
Tuesday October 17, 2017
17:30-19:30
Burnside Hall, room 426

Please respect all the deadlines. There will be no exception made. Documents can be dropped off in person, emailed or sent via regular mail to the Internships and Field Studies office.

Action to be taken

Due dates

PDF icon Flight reservation form

September 29

PDF icon Medical and immunization form

October 30

Apply for your visas. Be sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your travels, and for six months after your planned return. If you do not have a valid passport, get a new one immediately.

Start after November 15

Proof of insurance

December 01

Course registration in Minerva

December 01

Finalize the travel registry form on Minerva

December 15

Payment required

Due dates

First installment ($10,000)

October 15

Last installment (remaining balance - $4430)
***Note: there might be an allowable increase of 1.5% for 2018 program. The last installment amount will be announced***

November 15

Pay your McGill tuition

December 15

Travel registry form

Once you have registered for the context courses you will be asked to fill out the Travel Registry Form. Personal information, emergency contact, travel document, insurance information and immunizations must be provided.

To access and complete the form:

  • Login to Minerva
  • Click on the link for your travel activity to access the form

Make sure to have the following information in hand:

1. Passport, and travel visa information
2. Travel insurance coverage and policy details
3. Vaccinations/immunizations
4. E-ticket and itinerary

You can complete the form in more than one sitting, saving your changes and come back to it later.

To finalize and submit the form you will be asked to accept the terms of the Travel Guidelines.

Until you accept the terms and submit the form, the status of your form will remain incomplete and you will receive monthly email reminders asking you to complete it.

Register with Global Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada offers a registration service for all Canadians travelling or living abroad. This service is provided so that we can contact and assist you in an emergency in a foreign country, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform you of a family emergency at home.