Program fees

How much are the fees?

All amounts indicated on this page are in Canadian dollars.

The program fee for 2024 were of $8,246.10. They will likely be augmented by 3% in 2025. The fee does not include airfare (approx. $1,000), tuition, insurance or living expenses. Students have reported requiring approximately an additional $2,000 in total for meals, clothing, travel, etc.

  • Non-tuition program fee payable in the semester prior to the trip as follows:
    • $1,500 deposit: once accepted into the program, the deposit must be paid and is NON REFUNDABLE.
    • remaining balance: due on October 1st.
  • Tuition fees: Amount varies. See below

What's included in the program fee?




Round trip airfare from Montreal to Panama

Airport fees and taxes

Ground transportation


Park fees


Local site visits, visits to local villages

Health or travel insurance

Local lecturers

McGill tuition (see below)

Gratuities for local staff members

Spending money

How do I pay my fees?

You may pay your fees in the following ways:

  • Program fees : 
    $1,500 deposit: once accepted into the program, the payment will be accepted by Student Accounts.
    Final payment of the balance: the payment 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. Make sure to include your student ID, full name, the amount you sent, and mention it is your payment for the McGill Panama Field Study Semester. You will need to advise Student Accounts following the same steps each time you make a payment.  

  • Tuition - See below.

Tuition fees

Students must register for their courses and pay before leaving for Panama. 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

The program fees are non refundable. Unless for unseen circumstances and with the support of valid documentation (i.e., medical note) a withdrawal from the program is inevitable, a decision about possible refund would be undertaken.

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