Program fees

How much are the fees?

All amounts indicated on this page are in Canadian dollars.

The cost of the program is $5,500 for Winter 2018. This amount does not include airfare (about $900), tuition, insurance or living expenses. Students have reported requiring approximately an additional $2,000 in total for food, clothing, travel, salsa clubs, etc.

  • $5,500 non-tuition program fee payable as follows:
    • $1,000 deposit: once accepted into the program, the deposit must be paid and is NON REFUNDABLE.
    • $4,500: due October 1st.
  • Tuition fees: Amount varies. See below

What's included in the program fee?


Not included:


Round trip airfare from Montreal to Panama

Airport fees and taxes

Meals (only when travelling)

Meals (when in local accommodation)

Ground transportation


Park fees


Local site visits, visits to local villages

Health or travel insurance

Local lecturers

McGill tuition (see below)

Gratuities for local staff members

Spending money

How do I pay my fees?

You may pay your fees in the following ways:

  • $5,500 program fees (subject to increase):
    $1,000 deposit: once accepted into the program, the payment will be accepted by Student Accounts.
    $4,500 final payment: the payment will be accepted by Student Accounts.

    For further information on procedures for payment of fees visit the Student Accounts website.

    On-line banking
    Pay to McGill University using your student ID as the account number.
    Once you have done this, send an email student.accounts [at] (subject: Panama%20Field%20Study%20Semester%20-%20payment) (Student Accounts) to notify the financial office that the payment has been made. 

  • Tuition - See below.

Tuition fees

Students must register for their courses and pay before leaving for Africa. For more information about paying student fees, please visit the Student Accounts website. Students may give "guest access" to someone such as a parent to view their student account (tuition) via the internet.

Student Accounts provides the schedule of fees.

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.

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