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Make a world of difference with Global Skills Opportunity.

Global Skills Opportunity 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

Spring 2022

More faculty-led Mount Allison Global Skills Opportunity Programs will be announced in 2022, including Ecuador (led by Dr. Andrea Morash, Biology), and South Korea (led by Dr. Susie Andrews, Religious Studies).

Utrecht Field School in Psychology
May 8-21, 2022

Learn about sexuality and sex education — the Dutch way!

In Spring 2022, Mount Allison will launch a new 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 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. Lisa Dawn Hamilton.

Important dates:

  • Application period: Dec. 6, 2021–Jan. 14, 2022
  • Interview period: Jan. 14–21, 2022
  • Selection announcement: Jan. 24, 2022
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
Program Dates: May 8-21, 2022
Language Requirement: none
Pre-requisite: Second-year standing; PSYC 1001; PSYC 1011; or permission of the Department
Academic credit: PSYC 2991

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 2021 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 2021-2022 and receives a bursary through Mount Allison)
  • student with a disability (someone who is registered with the Meighen Centre in the 2021-2022 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:

  • This field school will prioritize applicants that are majoring or minoring in Psychology. Other students that are not majoring or minoring in Psychology are still able to apply.
  • This field school is 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.
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.

In addition, there will be 2 partial bursaries (in the amount of $2,083) to cover the program fee for other students that do not identify as low-income or as a student with a disability.

There is additional funding available through Mount Allison as well. 

The program fee will be inclusive of the following expenses:

  • tuition for one 3-credit course (PSYC 2991)
  • return airfare
  • accommodations
  • meals
  • insurance
  • in-country transportation and other program related fees

The total program fee will be approximately $6,250.

Questions? Contact studyabroad@mta.ca.

Belize Field School for Indigenous students
May 1-14, 2022

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 — will 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 attend 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.

Through Global Skills Opportunity bursaries, all expenses for Indigenous participants will be covered in an effort to reduce barriers for students who would like to have an education abroad experience.

For more information, visit the Maple League website.