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FAQs - General Information

What is a MILE course?

MILE courses are offered by Seneca College as an opportunity to study and travel while earning credit towards your academic credential. Open to all registered day students at Seneca, MILE courses are offered close to home (including the Greater Toronto area), within Canada and overseas. Typically offered during study week and during the breaks in between semesters, these short-term courses (ranging from 4–14 days) are taught by Seneca faculty and co-led by certified travel professionals and/or Seneca staff.

What type of credit is granted for a MILE course?

The majority of MILE courses are offered as General Education credits, with a select few offered as degree level Liberal Studies Option (LSO) credits, or professional credits in specific programs of study (e.g. Tourism, International Business). General education credits, required in all programs of study, are offered as a literature, culture & communications, social sciences, natural sciences and/or Canadian history credit.  For more information please check the General Education and Liberal Study options.

What is the benefit of studying off campus?

For information, insights and benefits of studying off campus, please visit:
The Canadian Bureau for International Education
NAFSA - Explore International Education

What course content is covered during a MILE course?

Each MILE course has a unique theme that is best explored in each specific destination. For example, issues concerning Canadian history and politics are the main focus of the Ottawa MILE, while Asian identity and its influence on the world is the focus on the Japan and South Korea MILE.  Within Toronto, MILE courses will focus on multiculturalism, identity & place, urban development and/or political structures, while health and wellness through physical activity will be the focus of the Whistler MILE.  Our aim is to appeal to a wide range of interests among students.

What are the academic expectations on a MILE course?

Every MILE course, whether a Gen Ed, LSO or professional credit, has a unique course outline, with specific learning outcomes outlined in the course description.  Each student will be responsible for completing the requirements of the MILE course as set by the faculty coordinator(s). Assessment may include an individual or group research project/paper, individual or group presentation, journal writing, and photo documentation.

Each instructor will outline the requirements - including deadlines for submitting final work – for your MILE course prior to departure. Final grades for any MILE course completed will be posted at the same time as your other courses on Student Centre.

For a list of upcoming courses, please check the  MILE course chart.

Where do MILE courses take place?

Seneca students have the opportunity to travel near and far – from Istanbul to Ottawa, Seoul to Washington, DC, Whistler to London.  MILE courses are offered close to home (including the Greater Toronto Area), in Canada, and overseas.  Our goal is to offer a MILE course that appeals to every student’s interest and budget.  For a list of upcoming courses, please check the  MILE course chart.

Note: All students on a MILE course travel to and from their destination together. Travel details are coordinated through your faculty coordinator(s) as well as with the supporting travel agency.

When do MILE courses take place?

Typically MILE courses are offered during semester study week and during the breaks between semesters. These short-term courses range from 4–14 days. For longer semester-long, summer and co-op study abroad options, please visit the Going Global website.

Who leads a MILE course?

Led by experienced Seneca faculty and staff, each MILE course is affiliated with a TICO-certified travel agency who coordinates the logistics, safety and travel planning in each MILE destination.

Where will I stay while I am away on a MILE?

Accommodations vary for each MILE course depending on the length, location and goals of the course. Students have stayed in hotels, guesthouses, university residences, or homestays in the past.  Accommodation is included in the travel cost of your MILE course.