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Field Courses

Students enjoying the view during a field course


Western is a member of the Ontario Universities' Program in Field Biology, which offers about 30 different field courses each year that a student can take for academic credit. Five of these courses are taught by Western faculty but you are eligible to take any of the courses offered in a given year.

Field courses are intensive learning experiences that can take you to remote parts of the planet and range in duration from two to about four weeks. The courses cost from about $1000 to over $3000 depending upon the location, duration and type of course.  Financial aid is available through the Jack Millar Field Course Travel Award, the UWO International Learning Award, and the Global Opportunities Award.

A field course of at least two weeks in duration is equivalent to a 0.5 lab course credit. Students at Western may take up to three half-course credits as field courses. You will receive a grade from the field course instructor that will appear on your Western transcript.

More detailed information about these unique educational experiences are found on the OUPFB website.

REGISTRATION starts on January 31st in NCB 301A and will continue until spots are full.

First come first served. Please check out the guaranteed spots and have your application form filled out (see below).

If you are interested in registering for a field course feel free to contact the Biology Academic Counsellor, Brenda Beretta.