Research Excursions Program

The Research Excursions Program (REP) provides an opportunity for Arts & Science undergraduate students to travel off-campus as part of a professor’s research project and to earn a course credit at the same time. Past REP courses have taken students around the world, including to archives in New York City, field sites in Algonquin Park and forests in Ecuador.

REP courses run within the May-August period. The Faculty of Arts & Science covers travel and living expenses for students. Summer tuition fees apply.

Each REP course has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, etc. REP courses count towards your undergraduate degree and may be eligible to count towards program completion with approval from the relevant Associate Chair or Program Director. A limited number of REP courses are available each year.

Faculty supervisors propose the projects and choose the students who apply. Students must also attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation through the office of Safety Abroad no later than four weeks prior to travel.

Summer 2020 Research Excursions

COVID-19 Update: On April 1st, the University announced that it is cancelling all student activities outside of Canada until December 31, 2020. All domestic undergraduate research projects that require field work have also been paused. All REP courses due to take place in the Summer 2020 session have therefore been cancelled. Students interested in taking alternative courses this summer are encouraged to connect with their college registrar or undergraduate coordinator. The A&S Summer Timetable is also now available online.

Course Code Location Description



Pacasmayo, Peru

Excavation of a Moche ceremonial centre, which includes archeological training

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Koffler Scientific Reserve, Ontario

Studying impact of global changes on biodiversity


Quito, Ecuador

Study of Anolis lizard species at 24 field locations across 4 regions


Algonquin Park, Ontario

Study of life cycles of amphibians and effects of climate change on salamanders


Algonquin Park, Ontario

Monitoring, tagging and nesting surveys of Painted Turtles & Snapping Turtles

Art History


Crete, Greece

Archeological excavation of Bronze Age structures



Stolvizza, Italy

Study of ancient Slavic language Resian


Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil

Linguistics fieldwork advancing description of two endangered languages

New College


Bungoma County, Kenya

Study of English proficiency in primary school



Students must be St. George Campus, Arts & Science, degree students who have completed at least 9 credits by the time the REP starts in May 2020, but no more than 16 credits. Be sure to check for any course prerequisites stated in the project description.

In an effort to provide as many opportunities as possible, priority will be given to those students who have not already received funding for a Faculty of Arts & Science international opportunity including 398 REP, ICM or DIIIF.


Research Excursions Program (REP) 398H/Y Summer 2020 applications closed on March 30, 2020.

Details about summer 2021 courses will be updated in winter term 2021. 

ROP Application Process:

  1. Login to CLNx as a Student using your UTORid and password
  2. In left navigation bar select “Faculty of Arts & Science”, followed by “Experiential Learning at Faculty of Arts & Science”
  3. Select “View Available Programs/Courses” followed by “Research Excursions Program”. Review the eligibility requirements listed and confirm all requirements are met for participation.
  4. In subsequent logins the program will be listed in your portfolio under “Current Experiences”
  5. Having trouble? Direct all questions to

Deadline to apply to summer 2020 projects is March 30, 2020.