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Field Study Semesters

Check out the Field Study Semester Presentation for an overview of the types of field semesters we offer as well as their application deadlines.


Panama Field Study Semester


For complete and up to date information, please visit Panama Field Study Semester.


The Program

The program specifically addresses issues relevant to the understanding of the Latin America Neotropical environment. It is a joint venture between McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama.

Enrolment of McGill students will be limited to 26 students by housing capacity. The courses will also be made available to 3 or 4 Panamanian students. Courses will be taught in English, but Spanish will be essential for communication.

Three courses, for a total of 9 credits, will provide formal training. Field trips and transdisciplinary approaches will be structuring elements of these courses.

BIOL 553 Neotropical Environments 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

AGRI 550 Sustained Tropical Agriculture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GEOG 498 Humans in Tropical Envirnmnts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

In addition, hands-on experience in an internship setting will be gained through the 'Research in Panama' course (ENVR 451, 6 credits), an independent studies project organized around multidisciplinary environmental issues. The nature of these projects will center on practical environmental problems/questions important for Panama. Students will form teams of 2-3 that will work with Panamanian institutions (NGO, governmental or research).

Of the 15 credits taken, biology students may apply as many as 12 credits toward the Biology Major/Faculty program (depending on their particular independent study).

Pre-requisites for the Field Study Semester in Panama are:

HISP 218 Spanish Lang Intens-Elem 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

The cost of the program is $5,500 CDN (subject to change). This amount does not include airfare, tuition, insurance, meals or living expenses. Students have reported requiring approximately an additional $2,000 in total for food, clothing, travel, etc. Once accepted into the program, students must pay a NON REFUNDABLE $1,000 deposit. The remaining balance must be paid by early October.

Visit the website for further information, including application instructions.


Teaching Staff

Catherine Potvin, Department of Biology.

Oliver Coomes, Department of Geography (2018).

Thom Meredith, Department of Geography (2017).

Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, Department of History (2017).

Caroline Begg, Department of Plant Science (2018).


Contact Information

Martine Dolmière, Faculty of Science.

Dawson Hall, Room 408.

E-mail: martine.dolmiere [at] mcgill.ca.

Barbados Field Study Semester


For complete and up to date information, please visit Barbados Field Study Semester and BITS.


The Program

Located at the Bellairs Research Institute, this full 15-credit semester is for undergraduate students in the Faculties of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Engineering, Science, Arts and the McGill School of the Environment with an interest in international development and sustainable management of resources and the environment.


Contact Information

It is coordinated by the Department of Bioresource Engineering on the Macdonald Campus. Interested students should submit (via email) a CV, an unofficial transcript and a cover letter to: jocelyne.begin [at] mcgill.ca.

Africa Field Study Semester


For complete and up to date information, please visit Africa Field Study Semester.


The Program

An opportunity to spend the Winter Semester in East Africa is offered by McGill. The semester includes 15 credits of coursework in Anthropology, Geography and Biology which are suitable for credit transfer.


Contact Information

Professor Jon Unruh

McGill University, Department of Geography.

Burnside Hall, Room 308B.

Email: jon.unruh [at] mcgill.ca.

Arctic Field Study Semester


For complete and up to date information, please visit Arctic Field Study Semester.


The Mission

  • Train students about the unique nature of the arctic's physical environment.
  • Introduce students to the social and cultural framework that drives how the Canadian North is developed.
  • Introduce students to the challenges of arctic field work
  • Train students in the fundamentals of field science

The Program

The goal of McGill’s field studies program is to move the classroom into the field and to teach using real examples in a hands-on learning environment. The key issues for the Arctic are a function of its cold polar environment, its cultural makeup, an economy driven by natural resources, its remote geography and climate change. These issues are not mutually exclusive; rather they are interconnected through a complex network of feedbacks such that a change in one area has significant impacts on the other areas. The primary mission of the McGill Arctic Field Studies is to train a future generation of northern specialists and leaders who are able to understand and address the rapidly changing polar environment in a scientifically and culturally responsible manner.


Contact Information

Academic Director

Professor Wayne H. Pollard

McGill University, Department of Geography

805 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal Quebec H3A 0B9

Canada

Tel: 1-514-398-4454

Internships and FIeld Studies Office

McGill University, Faculty of Science

Burnside Hall room 720

805 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal Quebec H3A 0B9

Canada

Tel.: 1-514-398-1063 or 514-398-8365

Exchange Programs


McGill has bilateral exchange agreements with over 100 universities around the world, plus the Quebec university system has additional agreements (called CREPUQ exchanges) with 250 more, mainly in France.

Exchange students pay McGill tuition fees and register as Non-Resident students while they are away and register as Visiting Students (no fees) at the host university. Credits completed satisfactorily at the host university count towards the McGill degree but not the McGill CGPA. Exchanges are for one semester or one academic year. Check out the Study Abroad Fair held annually in early October.

The best time to participate in an exchange program is during the year before you graduate (U2). You must have a CGPA of 3.0 or better to be considered. The deadline for applying for an exchange is early February before your expected Fall departure. You should start planning your exchange and researching possible exchange destinations during October of your U1 year. Watch for notices of the Student Exchange Information Sessions.

For Exchange Information, see Faculty of Science - Study Away and Exchanges and Faculty of Science - General Information.
For Exchange partners, see McGill Abroad.
For academic information about credit transfer consult Nancy Nelson, Biology Undergraduate Advisor at nancy.nelson [at] mcgill.ca.

Study Away


You may study for one semester or one academic year at a 3- or 4-year degree granting university of your choice. If there is no exchange agreement, you pay the prevailing tuition fees at the host university and you deal directly with the host university for making inquiries, applying for acceptance and paying fees. You must get Faculty approval. Visit Faculty of Science - Study Away and Exchanges.

McGill School of Environment


The McGill School of Environment offers several courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many are open to all McGill students, while some are restricted to students in MSE programs.

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