Program fees

How much are the fees?

All amounts indicated on this page are in Canadian dollars.

  • $16,528.75 non-tuition program fee payable in the Fall semester prior to the trip as follows:
    • $1,000 deposit: once accepted into the program, the deposit must be paid (see Refund Policy below).
    • $10,000 1st installment: Due October 15th.
    • Balance 2nd installment: Due November 15th
  • Tuition fees: Amount varies. See below

What's included in the program fee?


Not included:

Return airfare from Montreal to East Africa for the dates and locations where the program begins and where the program ends. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Montreal.

Any fare increase and/or penalty resulting from the deviation from the original flight itinerary (e.g., return on a different date, stopover, return from a different location).


McGill tuition (see below)


McGill application fees

Ground transportation


Park fees

Antimalarial drugs

Game drives, archaeological site visits, visits to local villages

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

Local lecturers

Immigration application (Tourist Visa)

Gratuities for local staff members

Spending money


Health and/or Travel insurance

How do I pay my fees?

You may pay your fees in the following ways:

  • $16,528.75 program fees:
    $1,000 deposit: once accepted into the program, the payment will be accepted by Student Accounts.
    $10,000 + balance: payments 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: Africa%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

Withdrawal by the student
  • $1000 (deposit):

Fully refundable up to the time of the first installment; it is non-refundable thereafter.

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

Fully refundable for any reason until we purchase the airline tickets. After the the airline tickets have been purchased, you will be refunded $10,000 less the value of the airfare. To take advantage of seat sales, sometimes airline tickets are bought 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 AFSS 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; however, neither McGill nor the AFSS can guarantee 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 AFSS program is cancelled by the University for security or any other reason, there will be costs associated with this cancellation. Certain prepaid, fixed costs cannot be reimbursed/refunded. Applicants must be aware that security is a top priority for McGill and the AFSS Program.  If there are any doubts about meeting the security standards, the AFSS Program will be cancelled at the University’s discretion.

Cancellation of the AFSS Program BEFORE departure: 80% of the two installments will be refunded, less the value of the airfare.

Termination of the AFSS 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.

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