Cost/Funding

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How much | How to pay | What is included | Tuition fees | Health insurance | Refund Policy | Potential Funding

How much are the fees?

All amounts indicated on this page are in Canadian dollars.

  • Tuition fees: Amount varies. See below
  • $15,430 CFSIA non-tuition program fee (there will be an allowable increase of 1.5% for 2017), payable as follows:
    • $1,000 CFSIA deposit. Due at time of application to the CFSIA program. Refundable subject to certain conditions.
    • $10,000 CFSIA 1st installment. Due October 15th.
    • Balance CFSIA 2nd installment. Due November 15th.  

In addition to the Mobility Award (guaranteed $3000.00) funding is available to defray part of the program's cost


How do I pay my fees?

You may pay your fees in the following ways:

  • $15,430 CFSIA fees (subject to increase):
    $1,000 initial deposit: see instructions on the application page. 
    $10,000 + balance: payments will be accepted by Student Accounts.

    For futher 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 [dot] accounts [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Canadian%20Field%20Studies%20in%20Africa-payment-) (Student Accounts) to notify the financial office that the payment has been made. 

    Tuition - See below.

What's included in the CFSIA program fee?

Included:

Not included:

return airfare from Montreal to Kenya (participants are responsible for transportation to and from Montreal)

transportation to and from Montreal (participants are responsible for this)

accommodation

McGill tuition (see below)

meals

McGill application fees

ground transportation

immunizations

park fees

antimalarial drugs

game drives, archaeological site visits, visits to local villages

airport fees and taxes

African lecturers

visas

gratuities for Africa staff

spending money

 

health or travel insurance


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.


Health insurance for international students

McGill has a compulsory group sickness and accident plan for all international students. This fee is automatically charged to international students.  To request the extended health insurance while participating in the Africa program contact International Student Services .


Refund policy

Withdrawal by the student

  • $1000 (deposit):

Is fully refundable up to the time of the first installment; it is non refundable thereafter.

  • $10,000 (1st installment- 15th October):

Is fully refundable for any reason until we purchase airline tickets. After we purchase airline tickets, you will be refunded $10,000 less the value of the airfare. To take advantage of seat sales, ticket purchase may be as early as September 15th. The value of the ticket is non-refundable, therefore we strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation insurance in the event the CFSIA is cancelled or you are unable to travel.

  • Balance (2nd installment- 15th November)

Because there are fixed costs associated with the program that must be paid regardless of the number of students participating, only 50% of the two installments, less the value of the airfare, can be refunded for withdrawal after Nov 15th. If a student can be recruited from the waiting list, a larger refund may be possible, but neither McGill nor the CFSIA can offer any assurance that late recruitment will be possible.

Cancellation or termination by the University

The African Field Study Semester is subject to security reviews right up to the time of departure. If the CFSIA program is cancelled by the University for security or any other reason, there will be costs associated with this cancellation. Certain pre-paid, fixed costs cannot be reimbursed/refunded. Applicants must be aware that security is a top priority for McGill and the CFSIA program.  If there are any doubts about meeting the security standards, the CFSIA program will be cancelled at the University’s discretion.

Cancellation of the CFSIA program BEFORE departure: 80% of the two installments will be refunded less the value of the airfare.

Termination of the CFSIA program AFTER departure: This would only occur under exceptional circumstances. Based on the emergency response strategy, a decision about possible refunds would be undertaken only after the safe return of all participants and the assessment of the related expenses.


Potential Funding

***The awards are available once you have been accepted to the Canadian Field Studies in Africa program***

The following applies to all the awards except for the Mobility Award.

Application
Send the following documents to internshipsfieldstudies [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Field%20Studies%20Awards)

PDF icon field_study_awards_form.pdf

- Unofficial transcript

- C.V.

Deadline: December 1, noon (EST) - no exceptions!

Award thank-you notes

At the end of your field study semester you will be asked to provide the following:

- A picture
- A short report about your experience or a specific event that happened during your field semester
- A thank you note to the donors


  • Denise Emma Benzacar Field Study Awards

The Denise Emma Benzacar Field Study Awards were established by Denise (BSc '58) and Tom Dailey to help Faculty of Science students participating in the Faculty of Science Study Semesters, engaging in research at McGill Field Study Stations or taking part in field work as part of their academic curriculum.

Award amount: from $750-$1500 (based on the number of awards available)

  • David and Erica Davidovic Science Intern Award

The David and Erica Davidovic Science Intern Award was created in 2010 to benefit students studying abroad. The Davidovics recognize the value of out-of classroom learning experiences, particularly abroad, and an award value of several hundred dollars will be offered.

Award amount: from $750-$1500 (based on the number of awards available)

  • Ronald I. Levine Fund

The Ronald I. Levine Fund was created to help support the field study programs in the Faculty of Science through initiatives that would enable the Faculty of Science to consistently improve upon the services it provides to students participating in the field study programs.

Award amount: from $750-$1500 (based on the number of awards available)

  • McGill International Experience Award

The McGill International Experience Award, supported by Joseph Schull  (BA ‘82, MA ’85) and Anna Yang( BCL , LLB ’88) to help students gain first hand international experience related to their fields of study. The award is meant to provide partial funding to assist students with travel and other expenses related to their international experience.

Award amount:  will be announced

  • Irene Woods Field Study Awards

The Irene Woods Field Study Awards were established by Irene Woods (M.Sc. '66) to help Faculty of Science students participating in the Faculty of Science Study Semesters, engaging in research at McGill Field Study Stations or taking part in field work as part of their academic curriculum.

Award amount: from $750-$1500 (based on the number of awards available)


  • Mobility Award

Quebec residents, Canadian and International students participating in an official exchange, field-study semester, study-on-own, research or internship program may be entitled to a bursary for international studies.

For additional information on this bursary click here.