Information sessions

We are on the look-out for dynamic and motivated people who will benefit from a four-month immersion in the unique cultures and environments of Panama.

The MPFSS has been running for well over twenty years. It collaborates closely with the renowned Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panamanian universities, NGOs and Indigenous organizations to provide an unmatched applied learning experience for McGill students.

The program takes place from January to April every year. Students take 15 credits worth of courses in the form of field classes and modules taught by McGill faculty and a 6-credit research internship. This year we will be offering classes in tropical biology, sustainable agriculture, geography and urban studies. All our classes are delivered in the field. We emphasize an engagement with the real-world complexities surrounding key social and environmental issues facing Neotropics today - expect to be challenged!

Students from all Faculties are welcomed. The only prerequisite is a working fluency in Spanish and a statistics class (MATH 203 or equivalent).

If you'd like to find out more, please consult our website or contact us at [at]


Upcoming information sessions:

-Downtown, 426 Burnside, 18h00 February 6th 2024.

-MacDonald Campus, Faculty Lounge room MS2-022, 18h00 February 27th 2024.

-Online and Downtown, 426 Burnside, 18h00 March 26th 2024.

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