LOCATION: Bellairs Research Institute, Barbados, WI

  • Meals (two meals/day (lunch, supper) during the week (Monday-Friday).
  • Accommodation (2-3 students/room), laundry, kitchen access, computer room access.

The program fee does not include airfare, tuition, immunizations, health insurance, entry visas* and some meals.

*Entry visas are not required for citizens of Canada and the USA, but are required for citizens of some other countries.

Refund policy
The program fees are non refundable. Unless for unseen circumstances and with the support of valid documentation (i.e medical note) a withdrawal from the program is inevitable, a decision about possible refund would be undertaken.


  • $1,000.00 deposit: once accepted in the program, the deposit must be paid by February 21, 2018 and is NON-REFUNDABLE .
  • Final payment (balance of the program fee)  must be paid by March 9, 2018.

Please make both the deposit and balance payments to your McGill student account, in the same way you usually pay tuition.
For further information on procedures for payment of fees go to the Student Accounts website.

Do not wait for or expect to see specific charges for these. Once a payment is made, please send an email to student.accounts [at] (Student Accounts) with a subject of BITS – deposit or BITS – balance. The body of your email should include your student ID number. Also, please copy this email to julie.major [at] (Julie Major.)

Potential Funding

The Basic Mobility Award is offered to all McGill students accepted to BITS field study summer 2018.

A new award, the “Science Lab Without Borders Award”, of $760 was paid to all McGill students enrolled in BITS 2017!

    (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec)

If you are between 18 and 35 years old, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and have been living in Quebec for at least one year, you may receive funding for your project (once you show proof of acceptance to the BITS program).

  • Vivian Lewin Field Study Endowment Award

To be awarded to meritorious MSE undergraduate students on a 3-year rotational cycle basis. This year a student from the Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (FAES) will be awarded $550. The award supports students who wish to take a McGill recognized field study abroad program OR have a pre-arranged independent course or honours course that involves field research abroad.

If you are in the Faculty of Arts and your project is organized through the Faculty of Arts Internship Program, check the Arts Internship Awards.