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International/Indigenous Course Module Program (ICMs)

The Faculty of Arts & Science’s International/Indigenous Course Module Program (ICMs) provides an opportunity for faculty members to incorporate an intensive international or Indigenous experiential module into the framework of existing undergraduate courses. International opportunities include partnerships developed with Indigenous nations both within Canadian borders and beyond.

Since the ICMs were first introduced, more than 50 groups of students have traveled to destinations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. Modules are integrated into the course plan and travel is scheduled to coincide with the November or February Reading Week.

*New this year, chosen students are asked to contribute $200.00 each towards their ICM. These funds can be collected through group fundraising events. Questions or concerns: please contact Deborah Shaw deb.shaw@utoronto.ca

Note: In an effort to ensure that as many students as possible can participate in Faculty-funded international opportunities, priority for participation in these opportunities will be given to students who have not previously received funding from Arts and Science for an international experience.

Read more about student ICM experiences:

Courses offering ICMs for 2019-2020 will be available early to mid-June:



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The primary learning objective in this ICM is to increase understanding of the intersection between gender and decentralization in a nascent democracy and introduce the students to the challenges of building a new government after a long period of military rule.


Mexico City


This ICM will allow students to grasp more fully the social and political embeddedness of crime, and its relation to systemic problems of economic and political development, in keeping with the multidisciplinary social science nature of our undergraduate criminology program.




This ICM is a one-week herpetological survey expedition focused primarily in Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, hosted by a local university.




The ICM trip will allow students to observe a wide range of geologic features and discuss active geologic processes, with direct observation at specific field locations. Some of the past and present-day human life in the region has been impacted by the regional geology and tectonics. At several field sites the module will illustrate how anthropogenic factors are influenced by the geologic activity of Anatolia.




The ICM will offer practical opportunity to observe major health concerns in Greece, currently magnified by the double burden of the economic crisis and ongoing influx of migrants fleeing war in the Middle East.

 HMB 440HS


The ICM will offer practical opportunities to observe and learn about internationally recognized elderly care models in the Netherlands.  These models of care are meant to meet the increasing challenges of an aging population and to promote living with dignity.

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 Georgia, Rep. of

     10 The 2019 trip would give students a chance to examine the changes that have taken place since Georgia’s since the elections in 2012 and 2016. Students will have the opportunity to assess the implication of this democratic transition (a requirement for normalizing relations with the EU, in post-Soviet space) for Georgia’s continued integration into the ENP/EaP and eventually even the EU.