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Independent Study-Away


Field Study Semester


Often referred to as “going on exchange”, exchange means to study at one of McGill’s partner universities while earning credit at McGill and paying tuition to McGill. You essentially switch places with a student that is coming from that partner university to study at McGill. Partner universities have signed an exchange agreement with McGill. There are a limited number of exchange positions for each partner university.

Learn more about exchanges.

Independent Study-Away

Independent Study-Away means to study away at another university (may be referred to as the ‘host school’) while earning credit at McGill. Tuition is paid to the host university. You must have at least a 2.7 CGPA to participate.

Consult your student affairs office to learn more.


Internships allow you to gain valuable on-the-job knowledge in your field. Consult the internship database to find internships on campus and beyond.

The Internship Offices Network (ION) is the coordinating body for the teaching, learning and administrative units of the McGill faculties that organize and provide internship opportunities.

Field Study Semester

Field Study Semesters (packages of courses) and individual off-campus courses focus on the physical and social aspects of the environment. These are opportunities for upper-year students to gain practical experience and a chance to integrate and apply knowledge gained in the classroom.

Field Study Semesters are offered in East Africa, Barbados and Panama, and there are many off-campus courses to choose from. They are offered in various regions around the world in the Fall or Winter term.

Field courses (usually offered in the summer months) are offered in places as varied as Italy, Mexico, or Brazil and in disciplines in Arts, Engineering (including Architecture), Science, Law, or Management.

Learn about these ongoing field studies:

Africa Field Study Semester (CFSIA)

Barbados Field Study Semester (BFSS)

Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS)

Neotropical Environment Option (NEO)

Panama Field Study Semester (PFSS)

McGillAbroad App

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Funding opportunities for students studying abroad