Barbados Field Study Semester (BFSS)

15-credit Barbados Field Study Semester (BFSS)

September – December 2023
Holetown, Barbados

New: The BFSS will be offered in the fall semester of 2023 (pending approval). 

The Barbados Field Study Semester focuses on issues of sustainability in Barbados by taking a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the goals, circumstances, challenges and opportunities of people living on the island, and to engage with local stakeholders in pursuit toward sustainable outcomes.

The objectives of the program are:
(a) to train the students to be more effective environmental decision-makers,
(b) to equip the students with background, concepts, and skills necessary for addressing issues of environmental changes and sustainable development,
(c) to develop strategies for sustainable use of social and environmental resources, and
(d) to engage in a research project to propose solutions to local environmental issues.


The program is open to undergraduate students in their third year of study in all faculties.

A GPA of 3.0 and higher.


Students stay for 13 weeks at McGill's Bellairs Research Institute, Holetown, Barbados. Tentative dates are from Sept. 5th to Dec 2nd, 2023 (tentative dates).

Information - Barbados Field Study Semester

Myriam Theriault
Field Studies & Internship Officer
Faculty of Science
myriam.theriault2 [at]

Prof. Virginie Millien
Academic Director, Barbados Field Study Semester Program
virginie.millien [at]

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