African Field Study Semester

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African Field Study Semester


Students from other universities are eligible to apply to the McGill CFSIA and must also meet the criteria for admission to McGill as a Visiting Student. Please see the AFSS website for details.

The AFSS comprises 15 credits of field study courses. Two courses (6 credits) in the natural and social sciences provide interdisciplinary academic context for field study. The other 9 credits are taken from the complementary courses list.

Visit the AFSS website, or go to (Programs, Courses and University Regulations) in July for details of program updates.

Offered: Winter term

Location: East Africa

Enrolment Limit: 38 students

Fees: In addition to the regular McGill fees, students will be required to pay the additional costs associated with delivering the courses in the field. These costs include airfare, local travel, all food and accommodation, special admission fees for parks and museums, as well as other field costs. Airfares and currency fluctuation will determine the amount of this charge. The 2011 trip cost is CAD$12,250. The actual cost for 2012 will be determined by September 2011.

Quebec residents may be eligible for a financial subsidy from the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), see for details.

Students can apply to the Mobility Award. See the website for details:

Application Deadline: April 29, 2011. Depending on space, there will be a second intake with a deadline date of November 1, 2011.

Application Details: Students must submit the CFSIA application (available on the AFSS website), a copy of their transcript, a letter of intent, and two reference letters to Martine Dolmière in the Faculty of Science, Dawson Hall, Room 408. See the website for details:

Prerequisites: The AFSS is intended for students in their final two years. A CGPA of 3.00 and higher is recommended.

For more information and course lists, see Field Studies – Minor Field Studies (18 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 16, 2011) (disclaimer)
Field Studies—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 16, 2011) (disclaimer)