Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies
15-Credit Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies
The Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) program is located at McGill's Caribbean campus, the Bellairs Research Institute. This is Canada's only teaching and research facility in the tropics. It is located in Holetown, Barbados, and plays host to students and scientists from around the world for field courses. McGill’s partners in BITS are the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and the National Conservation Commission (NCC) of Barbados. UWI professors and students interact with BITS participants in several courses. Our partners are important to the success and the sustainability of this program; the BITS projects are selected with their help and supervised by UWI and McGill staff.
This summer program is an activity-filled, hands-on study experience for students with an interest in international studies with a Caribbean flavour. It exposes students to a wide range of agri-food-energy industries and related socio-economic issues in Barbados. Intensive course work is integrated with group project work and contributes to the formation of professionals with planning, managing, decision-making, and communication skills. The program addresses a global need for experienced international professionals capable of interacting with various levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
A CGPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. The program is aimed at undergraduate students in their final two years.
Students reside for 14 weeks at McGill’s Bellairs Research Institute, Holetown, Barbados. Three intensive courses run consecutively for 4 weeks each, and integrate class and laboratory experiences with extensive field trips.
Mondays and Tuesdays are used for the team project while Wednesdays to Fridays are used for course activities.
Students may make private arrangements to extend their stay at Bellairs Research Institute.
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