Research Excursion Program (REP 398H/Y Courses)

The Research Excursion Program (REP) gives faculty funding to involve upper-year undergraduate students on a faculty-led research project that takes place off-campus during the Summer term. REPs are supervised onsite by an Arts & Science faculty member.


  • The Office of the Dean funds all student travel, accommodation, and meals.
  • The research experience can take a variety of forms, such as research in archives, laboratories, libraries, field sites, etc., but cannot be a credit-bearing course at another university.
  • Faculty members appointed in the Faculty of Arts & Science offering REPs are now eligible to receive $1,500 in research support, on a pilot basis.
  • The off-campus research component will normally run from May to August, when faculty and students can make the necessary time commitments.
  • The REP cannot be combined with a research project for which the student is being paid.
  • REPs are academic courses: students must be registered for the Summer Term in the appropriate REP (398Y/H) course. Tuition fees apply.
  • Work may continue during the subsequent Fall Term, but it is expected that the REP course mark will be submitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science no later than mid-October. Grades must be submitted by late August if the student plans to graduate in November.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Update: On April 1, 2020, the University announced that it is cancelling all future student activities outside of Canada. The ban on university-sanctioned international travel has been extended until April 30, 2021. All approved REP courses that did not take place in summer 2020 will receive an automatic extension to the end of summer 2021. Please contact Christine Ovcaric at for any concerns or questions.

Applicants must hold a continuing appointment to the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George).


  • For consultation and feedback on new REP ideas, faculty are encouraged to reach out to the office of Experiential Learning & Outreach Support at
  • Arts & Science is partnering with Woodsworth College’s Professional and International Programs (PIP) office which will provide support to instructors in arranging logistical bookings and payments in advance (where possible). Instructors are encouraged to consult with Jennifer Banh, International Programs Coordinator, Professional and International Programs, on their proposed budgets and travel plans:

Faculty Application Process:

  • Please fill out the application form, adhering to the word limits.
  • Please fill out the budget sheet, which is preformatted for you.
  • Send the completed application form and budget to your Chair/program director for review and approval.
  • Once approved, the Chair/program director submits the proposal via email to by the deadline.
  • REP applications are adjudicated by the International Opportunities Committee.

All undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty taking part in Arts & Science-funded international opportunities must meet the U of T Safety Abroad guidelines in order to participate. Support will be provided by the Professional and International Programs (PIP) office at Woodsworth College to ensure safety abroad requirements are met.

Task Deadline for Completion
REP Faculty Supervisors submit their completed project proposal to their Chair or designate for approval. Units forward all Chair-approved REP project submissions to the office of Experiential Learning & Outreach Support at January 15, 2021
The International Opportunities Committee adjudicates proposals and funding allocations. Applicants are notified of their results February 1 - 7, 2021
REP project details are posted online for students to apply via the CLNx February 8 - 28, 2021
Applications close and faculty supervisors receive student application bundles  March 1, 2021
Faculty interview and choose students for their courses. The Office of the Dean will confirm student eligibility. Preference will be given to students who have not previously received funding for an Arts & Science International Opportunity including REP, ICM or DIIIF. List of selected students forwarded to  March 1 - 26, 2021
Students selected for an REP are notified by the Office of the Dean and enrolled on ACORN/ROSI. Supervisors sign contracts with students and send to the program administrator April 2, 2021
Student Orientation with Woodsworth PIP and CIE Safety Abroad training completed  April 16, 2021
REP students are invited to showcase their research by participating in the Fall Poster Fair International Opportunities Week (October 2021)

If you have any questions, please email