Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.
Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.
Students on this program are required to enroll in one course.
GLGY 599: Bahamas Island: Tropical Life, Coral Reefs, White Sand & Caribbean Rocks (3 units)
GLGY 599: GLGY 201 required (equivalent education from other institutions will be considered). GLGY 381 is also recommended.
TBD, Calgary: Two-day snorkeling initiation and First Aid session facilitated by UCalgary Active Living
May 1, Calgary: Mandatory safety briefing and pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs.
May 2, Calgary: Depart Calgary for Nassau
May 3, Nassau: Travel from Nassau to San Salvador Island
May 4 - 11, San Salvador Island: Program activities. For more information, please see the detailed itinerary.
May 12, San Salvador Island: Travel from San Salvador Island to Nassau
May 13, Nassau: Depart for Calgary (or continue on independent travel)
Assignment due dates to be determined.
The estimated cost of this Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. The program cost is $4398.
For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.
Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.
International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.
IDEAS Fund: All undergraduate students who are in good standing and enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty of Science are eligible to apply for financial support from the IDEAS Fund. find out more here.
Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a letter.
Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.
Click here for more info on funding opportunities!
Hotels/hostels will be booked for overnight stays in Nassau.
Upon arrival at San Salvador Island, students will be housed on-site at the Gerace Field Station. Students will be provided three meals a day at the field station cafeteria.
All accommodations will be arranged for students and more details will be available prior to departure.
This program is open to all Geoscience students who are in good academic standing and have the prerequisite courses (or consent of the program instructor).
Applications will be considered after your application and unofficial transcript have been received in full.
Please read the sections below for information about what your application will include. The application is completed online. Because the online application will time out after 1 hour, we recommend writing out your answers to the application questions in a Word document and preparing any of the supplementary documents you may need in advance.
Once you are ready, click here to access the application system.
Please note: In addition to the requirements listed here, the instructor may request a brief meeting with potential candidates.
Statement of Purpose
Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program, and why you should be selected.
The word limit for this question is 500 words. Check for spelling, grammar, and word count before submitting your application.
- Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre. Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.
- Submit your transcript through your online application with your statement of purpose.
All applicants must successfully complete a swim assessment, facilitated by UCalgary Active Living.
After submitting your application, you will be sent a conditional acceptance if the instructor believes you are a good candidate. At this time you will be sent an email with instructions to sign up for a swim assessment. Please watch your UCalgary email account and follow these instructions in a timely manner.
For an idea of what the swim assessment entails, click here to view the requirements for previous programs.
Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.
Q: How physically demanding will this trip be?
A: Swimming/snorkeling plays a significant role for the aquatic aspects of this program. Being a reasonably fit and confident swimmer in open water is an asset. You are welcome and encouraged to contact the instructor at any point before or after applying for this program if you wish to discuss concerns regarding your physical limits.
Q: What about safety?
A: Students will receive thorough training in safe snorkeling practices and water-specific First Aid prior to the program, as well as a safety orientation upon arrival on-site. The instructor will demonstrate proper techniques for any tools used. Note that field school participants are never asked nor allowed to work alone.
Q: Do I have to provide my own equipment?
A: Students are required to provide their own snorkeling gear (at minimum: mask, snorkel, and fins). As part of the program fees, a snorkeling safety vest will be purchased by Group Study Programs for each student. Note: Scuba diving equipment is not allowed on this field school.