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Field Study Minor

Field Study Minor

  • General Information:
  • Email: ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca
  • Burnside Hall, Room 720
  • Field Study Minor Adviser (Faculty of Science):
  • Ryan Bouma
  • Email: ryan.bouma [at] mcgill.ca
  • Faculty of Science, Dawson Hall, Room 405

For more information and course lists, see Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Field Study > Field Studies - Minor Field Studies (18 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)

Africa Field Study Semester

Africa Field Study Semester

Website: mcgill.ca/africa

The Africa Field Study Semester comprises 15 credits of field study courses. Two courses (6 credits) in the natural and social sciences provide interdisciplinary academic context for field study. The other 9 credits are taken from the complementary courses list. One final complementary course (3 credits) is taken on campus to complete the Minor program requirements.

Visit the Africa website, or refer to Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Field Study > Field Studies - Minor Field Studies (18 credits), for the latest program updates.

Offered: Winter term

Location: East Africa

Enrolment Limit: 38 students

Fees: In addition to the regular McGill fees, students will be required to pay the additional costs associated with delivering the courses in the field. These costs include airfare, local travel, all food and accommodation, special admission fees for parks and museums, as well as other field costs. Fee details for the upcoming semester are available at mcgill.ca/africa/program-fees.

Students can apply for a Mobility Award. See for details.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021 for January 2022 (Winter term of the 2020-2021 academic year). Depending on space, there will be a second intake with a deadline date of November 1, 2021.

Application Details: Students must submit:

  • the online application (available at mcgill.ca/africa/application);
  • a copy of their transcript;
  • a letter of intent;
  • one reference letter; and
  • a CV

to the Internship and Field Studies Office in the Faculty of Science:

Prerequisites: The Africa Field Study Semester is intended for students in their final two years. A CGPA of 3.00 and higher is recommended.

Students from other universities are eligible to apply to the Africa Field Study Semester and must also meet the criteria for admission to McGill as a Visiting Student. Please see the Africa website for details.

For more information and course lists, see Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Field Study > Field Studies - Minor Field Studies (18 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)

Arctic Field Study Semester

Arctic Field Study Semester

Website: mcgill.ca/arctic

The McGill Arctic Field Study Semester comprises 15 credits of field study courses. Two courses (6 credits) provide the background to complete an independent research project. The other 9 credits are taken from Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Geography. One final complementary course (3 credits) is taken on campus to complete the Minor program requirements.

Visit the Arctic website or refer to Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Field Study > Field Studies - Minor Field Studies (18 credits) for the latest program updates.

Offered: Summer term

Location: Central Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian High Arctic

Enrolment Limit: 10 students

Fees: In addition to the regular McGill fees, students will be required to pay the additional costs associated with delivering the courses in the field. These costs include airfare, local travel, all food and accommodation, special admission fees for parks and museums, as well as other field costs. Fee details for the upcoming semester are available at mcgill.ca/arctic/program-fees.

Students can apply for a Mobility Bursary from the Government of Quebec; see mcgill.ca/studentaid/special-funding for details.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021 for Summer 2021. The courses will be listed under "Fall 2021".

Application Details: Students must submit:

  • the online application form (available at mcgill.ca/arctic/apply-now);
  • a letter of intent;
  • one reference letter;
  • a CV; and
  • a copy of their transcript.

to the Internship and Field Studies Office in the Faculty of Science:

Prerequisites: The Arctic Field Study Semester is intended for students in their final two years. A CGPA of 3.00 and higher is recommended.

For more information and course lists, see Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Field Study > Field Studies - Minor Field Studies (18 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)

Barbados Field Semester

Barbados Field Semester

Website: mcgill.ca/bfss

Offered: Fall term

Location: Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados

Enrolment Limit: 25 students

Fees: In addition to the regular McGill fees, students will be required to pay the additional costs associated with delivering the courses in the field. These costs include accommodation and most food, as well as other field costs; they do not include airfare. Fee details for the upcoming semester are available at mcgill.ca/bfss.

Students enrolled in the Barbados Field Study Semester (BFSS) program may be eligible for a Mobility Bursary for Exchanges: see mcgill.ca/studentaid/special-funding/mobility-exchanges for details.

Application Deadline: The deadline is in late February each year for admission to the following Fall semester.

Application Details: Students must submit:

  • a letter of intent;
  • a CV; and
  • a copy of their transcript

by email to jocelyne.begin [at] mcgill.ca. Further details are available at mcgill.ca/bfss.

Prerequisites: None

For more information and course lists, see Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Field Study > Field Studies - Minor Field Studies (18 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)

Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies Field Semester

Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies Field Semester

Website: mcgill.ca/bits

The Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies Field Semester is administered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Three intensive courses run consecutively with a 6-credit project course. Courses integrate class and laboratory experiences with extensive field trips.

Offered: Summer term

Location: Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados

Enrolment Limit: 25 students

Fees: In addition to the regular McGill fees, students will be required to pay the additional costs associated with delivering the courses in the field. These costs include accommodation and most food, as well as other field costs; they do not include airfare. Fee details for the upcoming semester are available at mcgill.ca/bits/cost.

McGill students may be eligible for a Mobility Bursary; see mcgill.ca/studentaid/special-funding/mobility-exchanges for details.

Application Deadline: Please consult the website for upcoming deadlines.

Application Details: Students must submit:

  • a letter of intent;
  • a CV; and
  • an application form (available on the website)

by email to julie.major [at] mcgill.ca. Further details are available at mcgill.ca/bits.

Prerequisites: A CGPA of 2.5 or higher is recommended.

For more information on the field studies minor and course lists, see Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Field Study > Field Studies - Minor Field Studies (18 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)

Panama Field Study Semester

Panama Field Study Semester

Website: mcgill.ca/pfss

Offered: Winter term

Location: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama

Enrolment Limit: 26 students

Fees: In addition to the regular McGill fees, students will be required to pay the additional costs associated with delivering the courses in the field. These costs include accommodation and other field costs; they do not include airfare, food, or other living expenses. Fee details for the upcoming semester are available atmcgill.ca/pfss/cost.

Students can apply for a Mobility Award. See mcgill.ca/mcgillabroad/funding/undergraduate-mobility-award for details.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021 for January 2022 (Winter term of the 2021-2022 academic year).

Application Details: Students must submit:

to the Internship and Field Studies Office in the Faculty of Science:

Prerequisites: HISP 218 Spanish Language Intensive - Elementary or equivalent proficiency, and MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 or equivalent. A CGPA of 3.00 and higher is recommended. The program is aimed at undergraduate students in their final year.

For more information and course lists, see Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Field Study > Field Studies - Minor Field Studies (18 credits).

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)
Study Abroad & Field Studies—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)
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