Research Excursions Program

U of T is planning for increased undergraduate student travel for University-sanctioned international activities beginning May 1, 2022, subject to the rules of partner institutions and host countries, and pending further changes to Global Affairs and public health guidelines. Students are encouraged to review Safety-Abroad's COVID-19: Planning for Travel page to better prepare for possible travel. For regular updates related to studying abroad, you can visit the Vice-Provost Students COVID-19 FAQ page.


The Research Excursions Program (REP) provides an opportunity for Arts & Science undergraduate students to travel off-campus as part of an instructor’s research project, while earning 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. The Faculty of Arts & Science covers travel and living expenses for students, but students are expected to cover tuition fees for the course. 

REP courses take place in the Summer term, between May and August. A limited number of REP courses are available each year. Each REP course has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, etc. 

REP courses can count as 0.5 credit or 1.0 credit (depending on whether it is an H or Y course). Some REPs may be eligible to count towards program completion; speak to your program coordinator to learn more.  

Instructors select students for their REP courses. In order to be eligible to apply for REP, students must be Arts & Science (St. George) degree undergraduate students and must typically have between 9.0 and 13.5 credits by the end of the April exam period. For Summer 2022 REPs only, students may have between 9.0 and 19.0 credits by the end of the April exam period; this flexibility is being offered to accommodate students who were unable to apply for REP in Summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preference will be given to students who have not previously received funding for a Faculty of Arts & Science International Opportunity (including the REP, International & Indigenous Course Modules (ICMs) and the Dean’s International & Indigenous Initiatives Fund). If eligible and selected for an REP, students must sign a contract to be enrolled in the course, and must complete U of T Safety Abroad requirements in order to participate in the REP. 

Application Details 

The application period for Summer 2022 REPs is now closed. Application information and instructions for Summer 2023 REPs will be updated here when available. 

For Summer 2022 REPs, students applied from February 11 to March 6, 2022. Applications included three documents: resume/CV, a letter of intent and an unofficial transcript. For those interested to learn about the Summer 2022 application process, please view the CLNx application process video. On March 7, 2022, all applications were sent to the faculty supervisor. 

After student applications are sent to the faculty supervisor, they then make their selections in accordance with the relevant deadlines (see Summer 2022 Program Dates and Timeline for details). Some faculty supervisors will have interviews, phone calls or email questions to students they are considering. Each faculty supervisor has their own method. Only students who are being considered or are selected for an REP course will be contacted by the relevant faculty supervisor. Selected students are required to sign an agreement (REP contract) with their supervising professor to participate in an REP course, and will be enrolled into the course by the Office of the Dean prior to the start of the relevant term. All students must complete Safety Abroad requirements in order to participate in the REP course. 

For more information about the Research Excursions Program, please email

Summer 2022 Program Dates and Timeline

Date Activity
February 11, 2022 Summer 2022 REP course applications open on CLNx. 
March 6, 2022 Summer 2022 REP course applications close on CLNx.
March 7 – 27, 2022  Instructors review applications and select students. Eligible students will need to submit the REP contract to be enrolled in the course. 
March 28, 2022  Deadline for REP contracts to be submitted. 
Mid-April 2022 Students enrolled in REP course. 
Early May All enrolled Summer 2022 REP students are placed on CLNx.
May – August, 2022 Students complete REP course (exact travel dates and relevant Safety Abroad requirement deadlines may vary depending on REP project).
September 2022 (Date TBD)  REP students participate in Fall Research Fair.


Summer 2022 REP Courses

Department Location Professor Research Project
ANT Vienna & Stilfried, Austria Bence Viola Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers at Grub-Kranawetberg
ANT Lima & Pacasmayo, Peru Edward Swenson Archaeology in Peru: A Comparison of Sacred Landscapes and Everyday Taskscapes in an Andean Urban Complex
EEB Algonquin Park, Ontario Njal Rollinson Algonquin Park Amphibian Monitoring
EEB Algonquin Park, Ontario Njal Rollinson Ecology and evolution of amphibians and reptiles in the Canadian wilderness
EEB San Juan, Puerto Rico Luke Mahler The evolution of ecological diversity across neotropical lizard communities
EEB Koffler Scientific Reserve, Ontario Arthur Weis Exploring the genomic basis of natural selection and speciation in insect-plant interactions.
EEB Koffler Scientific Reserve, Ontario Benjamin Gilbert The direct and indirect effects of global changes on species diversity
ESS Becancour, Quebec & Deep River, Ontario Carl-George Bank, Katherine Patton Environmental, archaeological, and forensic geophysics at field sites in Ontario and Quebec
FAH Crete, Greece Carl Knappet Archaeological Excavation in Palaikastro, Crete
NEW Nairobi, Kenya Aggrey Wasike Language, Education and Youth in Bungoma County