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Make a world of difference with Global Skills Opportunity.

Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) aims to empower post-secondary institutions to increase the participation of young Canadians — especially underrepresented students — in international learning opportunities both at home and abroad.

About Global Skills Opportunity

As an integral component of the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy, Global Skills Opportunity is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, administered jointly by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada.

Projects are implemented by participating colleges and universities across the country.

For more details, visit globalskillsopportunity.ca/


Mount Allison's GSO Programs

Application is now open! Deadline to apply: Dec. 4, 2022.

Apply for a Global Skills Opportunity Field School

The following GSO field schools are available in Spring 2023:

Eligibility

To be considered for one of the GSO field schools, students should meet the following criteria:

  • have completed at least one term of studies at Mount Allison
  • be in good academic standing at the end of the fall 2022 term
  • be interested in adding an international experience to their MtA experience
  • be able to demonstrate a genuine openness towards having an international experience during their time at MtA, for all the challenges and rewards that it offers
  • stands to represent Mount Allison well while participating on the program

In addition, to be considered for one of the GSO field schools, students who identify as one or more of the following will be given priority selection:

  • low-income (someone who currently receives either federal and/or provincial student loans in the 2022-2023 and receives a bursary through Mount Allison)
  • student with a disability (someone who is registered with the Meighen Centre in the 2022-2023 academic year as having a physical or learning disability)

Please note that students that do not identify in one of these two categories may still apply. Also please note that international students may apply but are not eligible for GSO funding.

And the following considerations should also be kept in mind:

  • Field schools will prioritize applicants that are majoring or minoring in that particular area of study that they are being offered in. Other students that are not majoring or minoring in these programs are still able to apply.
  • These field schools are ideally suited for students entering their second, third or final year of studies. Graduating students are still able to apply but returning students will be prioritized.
  • Previous international experience is not a requirement, nor will students with previous international experience be disadvantaged.
Application

Online application is at the top of this page.  

Important dates:

  • Application period: Nov. 14-Dec. 4, 2022
  • Interview period: Dec. 12-21, 2022
  • Selection announcement: Jan. 5, 2023
Program fees

There are 10 full bursaries (in the amount of $6,250) to cover the entire program fee for students that identify as low-income or as a student with a disability for each of three field schools (Utrecht, Kyoto and Galãpagos Islands)

In addition, there will be 2 partial bursaries (in the amount of $2,100) for each of the three field schools to cover part of the program fee for other students that do not identify as low-income or as a student with a disability.  Students will be required to pay for the remaining program fees on their own. 

There is additional travel funding available through Mount Allison as well. 

The program fee will be inclusive of the following expenses:

  • tuition for one 3-credit course
  • return airfare
  • accommodations
  • meals (Partial meal subsidy)
  • insurance
  • in-country transportation and other program related fees

The total program fee for all three field schools will be approximately $6,250.

Questions? Contact studyabroad@mta.ca.  

Utrecht Field School in Psychology
May 7-21, 2023

Learn about sexuality and sex education — the Dutch way!

The Utrecht Field School in Psychology is an accessible, faculty-led, for-credit field school with Utrecht University.

The Utrecht Field School in Psychology is designed with the student experience at the forefront and offers multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation and multiple means of action and expression.

The program provides support and services for students with documented physical and learning disabilities by having a staff member from the Meighen Centre attend the field school along with Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton.

    Program details

    This two-week course on cross-cultural sexuality will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

    Utrecht is one of the largest cities in The Netherlands, but still has a small-town vibe. The Netherlands is known for the country’s comprehensive approach to sex education, openness about sexuality, and low rates of sexually transmitted infections & unintended pregnancies. They are often seen as a model for other countries in sexuality and sex and relationship education.

    The class will cover many topics related to sexuality, with a focus on sex education. We will have our own class at Utrecht University and on some days will also join with Utrecht students in their Adolescent Sexuality class. In the course, students will also have the opportunity to learn from experts at Rutgers International, a sex education organization that conducts research and delivers sex and relationships programming in The Netherlands and abroad.

    The group will live in shared furnished apartments for the duration of the Field School in the City Centre in Utrëcht. Apartments will be fully equipped with two beds, a kitchen and bathroom. Apartments are close to shops, supermarkets, restaurants and public transportation.

    We will also take two day trips to Amsterdam to visit sex-related museums and exhibits. In this class, we will learn how perspectives on sexuality and sex education differ across cultures. There is a specific focus on comparing the Netherlands and Canada, but we will also explore perspectives in other countries.

    Highlights

    • Explore Utrecht and Amsterdam
    • Utrecht is a pedestrian and bike-friendly city – no cars in the downtown centre
    • Amsterdam is a 25 min. train ride away
    • Museum of Sex in Amsterdam
    • Learning from experts at Rutgers International
    • Class with Dutch students
    • Social activities with Dutch students
    • Over 400 public art installations in Utrecht, including Lumen, light art only seen at night

    Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
    # of students: 15
    Language requirement: none
    Pre-requisite: Second-year standing; PSYC 1001; PSYC 1011; or permission of the Department
    Academic credit: PSYC 2991

    Kyoto Field School in Religious Studies
    April 30-May 14, 2023

    Learn about Japanese religions — in Kyoto, Japan!

    In Spring 2023, Mount Allison will launch a new accessible, faculty-led, for-credit field school in Kyoto, Japan.

    The Kyoto Field School in Religious Studies is designed with the student experience at the forefront and will offer multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation and multiple means of action and expression.

    The program will provide support and services for students with documented physical and learning disabilities by having a staff member from the Meighen Centre attend the field school along with Dr. Susie Andrews.

    Program details

    This two-week course on Japanese religions will take place in Kyoto, Japan. Famous for its temples and shrines, gardens, and palaces (including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites), Kyoto (population 1,463,723) served as Japan’s capital from the time of its 8th century founding to the mid-19th century. Learning from experts at the Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of vermillion torii gates. From the thousands of vermillion torii arches at the Fushiminari shrine to the whisks and tea caddy used in the tea ceremony, Kyoto is the ideal place to pursue our course question: what roles does material culture in religious practice and belief?

    The group will live in shared furnished apartments for the duration of the Field School in central Kyoto. Apartments will be fully equipped with two beds, a small kitchen and bathroom. Apartments are close to shops, supermarkets, restaurants and public transportation.

    In addition to our learning in Kyoto, we will also journey to Nara and, then, Tokyo by high-speed bullet train (shinkansen).

    Highlights

    • Explore Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo, Japan
    • Learn about the art of Japanese gardens, which has shaped landscape gardening globally.
    • Hike among Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine’s thousands of vermillion torii gates
    • Wander the Philosopher’s Path and bike along the Kamo riverbank
    • Eat Shojin Ryori Temple Cuisine
    • Experience Osaka, a 25 min. train ride away
    • Engage in social activities with Japanese students
    • Travel by high-speed bullet train to Tokyo for our final weekend

    Location: Kyoto, Japan
    # of students: 15
    Program dates: April 30–May 14, 2023
    Language requirement: none
    Pre-requisite: 3 credits from RELG 1621, 1681, 2401, 2411, 2521; 3 credits from RELG at the 1/2000 level; or permission of the Department
    Academic credit: RELG 3311

    Galápagos Islands Conservation Physiology Field School in Biology
    April 25-May 9, 2023

    In Spring 2023, Mount Allison will launch a new accessible, faculty-led, for-credit field school in Biology in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

    Students will learn how the physiology of animals can help in conservation management of threatened species in one of the most biodiverse and complex ecosystems on the planet — the Galápagos Islands! This international field school is designed with the student experience at the forefront and will offer multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation and multiple means of action and expression.

    The program will provide support and services for students with documented physical and learning disabilities by having a staff member from the Meighen Centre or Wellness Centre attend the field school along with Dr. Andrea Morash.

    Program details

    This course is designed for Mount Allison students to study collaboratively with students from Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) to learn about the conservation of animals in each individual country. Students will learn about the climate/environmental challenges in both Canada and Ecuador, and work to understand animal physiology and use this knowledge to determine if/how animals will respond to climate change, and how we can use that information to help with conservation management.

    This conservation physiology course will have two components:

    1. A Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) opportunity where our students will meet online (synchronously and asynchronously) with local Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) students and professors several times during the winter term
    2. A two-week collaborative field course in the Galápagos Islands

    While in the Galápagos Islands, students will visit several field sites to collect environmental data and determine animal assemblages and use that data in conjunction with local predictions of climate change impacts to understand what animals might have the capacity to adapt, and how the ecosystem might change in the future. These field trips will involve snorkelling, boat surveys, coastal treks, etc. at a variety of locations around the islands. We will also hear from local speakers discussing their conservation projects on a variety of animals throughout the islands.

    Highlights

    • Arrive in Quito and receive a day-long orientation at partner university, USFQ
    • Explore Quito
    • Explore the Galápagos Islands
    • See the locations where Charles Darwin studied the evolution of animals
    • See local flora and fauna endemic to the Galápagos Islands
    • Visit the Galápagos Science Center and hear about the work taking place
    • Interact and learn with local Ecuadorian students
    • Experience the Galápagos culture and island life
    • Snorkel/dive/swim with sharks, sea lions, tropical fish, sea turtles in pristine coral reefs

    Location: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, Galápagos, Ecuador
    # of students: up to 15
    Program dates: April 25 – May 9, 2022
    Language requirement: none (but some knowledge of Spanish will be an asset)
    Pre-requisite: Third or fourth-year standing; BIOL 2401, BIOL 2101 (3201 and/or 3811 an asset)
    Academic credit: BIOL 3991

    Belize Field School for Indigenous students
    May 3-20, 2023

    Nation to Nation: Building Indigenous Knowledge Across International Borders

    Indigenous students from the Maple League of Universities — Mount Allison, St. Francis Xavier, Acadia, Bishop’s — come together to have a short-term study abroad experience in Belize through Galen University in the spring 2022, 2023, and 2024 terms, focusing on sharing their Indigenous experience and learning about other indigenous cultures abroad.

    Students will enroll in a course through Galen University to have an immersive two-week experience that combines in-class teaching, field trips, community engagement, and group and individual reflection. Students will receive academic credit for their experience. The group will travel to multiple locations around Belize to learn about the Yucatec, Mopan, Garinagu and K’eckchi cultures of Belize with a faculty member from Galen University. 

    Through Global Skills Opportunity bursaries, all expenses for four (4) Indigenous participants from Mount Allison University for 2023 will be covered in an effort to reduce barriers for students who would like to have an education abroad experience.

    Important dates:

    • Application deadline: Jan. 6, 2023
    • Interview period: Jan. 9-20, 2023
    • Selection announcement: Jan. 23, 2023
    • Pre-departure gathering at Mount Allison: May 3-5, 2023
    • Travel day to Belize: May 6, 2023
    • Field school: May 7-19, 2023
    • Travel day home from Belize: May 21, 2023

    For more information and/or to apply, visit the Maple League website.