Canada in a Global World

About the Opportunity

This faculty-led opportunity is part of a new general education and Liberal Studies Option (LSO) course offered in winter 2020: Canada in a Global World: Citizenship, Migration and Belonging. As part of the course, students can expand their learning on the topic of global migration and immigration with an international experience to Senegambia. Students will learn firsthand about the role Senegambia played in the forced migration of millions of people to the Americas and beyond, and the different elements of this historical trajectory, including political, cultural and socioeconomic developments. This program will culminate with a student conference at the University of The Gambia on this topic. In addition to the rich learning, students will have the opportunity to indulge in wildlife, sun, sand, sea and nature, as the Senegambia region is not only home to the UNESCO historical heritage slave forts, but also to rich natural beauty and ecological culture.

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  • April 18, 2020 to May 2, 2020 (14 nights)



In order to be eligible to participate, students must:

  • be enrolled full-time at Seneca
  • require a general elective credit or a liberal studies option credit
  • be enrolled in one of the following courses in Winter 2020: 
    • Gen ed/diploma level: SOC400 Canada in a Global World: Citizenship, Migration and Belonging  
    • INS/LSO/degree level: INS400 Canada in a Global World: Citizenship, Migration and Belonging
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5



Students who participate in this opportunity will earn either a Liberal Studies Option (LSO) credit or a General Education credit to be applied towards their Seneca credential.


Number of available spaces for Seneca participants

minimum of 15, maximum of 20




Cost of Opportunity

Approximately $4,200 (see Travel Grant for funding to offset costs).


  • round trip airfare to The Gambia and Senegal
  • includes travel inside The Gambia and Senegal
  • site visits and cultural events in Gambia and Senegal
  • some meals
  • accommodations in Gambia and Senegal

Does not include

  • required visas (if necessary)
  • mandatory travel insurance
  • vaccinations (if necessary)
  • personal spending money


Travel grant

To help offset the cost of participation, accepted students will receive a $2,000 International Experience Grant from the International Mobility Office.

Additional funding options are currently being explored.


How to apply

Application is now closed.



Next steps

  • Students will learn their acceptance status by Dec. 9, 2019.
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit will be due on Dec. 13, 2019 to confirm participation. No extensions can be provided. Please prepare accordingly. 


Additional information

  • International students at Seneca who are interested in participating on this opportunity are required to meet with an International Student Adviser on their campus to ensure their program of study and/or study permit will not be impacted by travelling abroad. This must take place as soon as possible in the application process.
  • All accepted students are responsible for ensuring they meet both The Gambia and Senegal’s entry and exit requirements. This information is subject to change at any time. At the present moment, for The Gambia, a tourist visa is required for Canadian citizens holding a valid passport. For Senegal, a tourist visa is not required for Canadian citizens holding a valid passport.
  • All students who do not hold a valid Canadian passport are advised to consult Gambia Embassy in Washington DC to confirm their visa requirements for the Gambia and can contact Senegal’s consular offices to learn more about Senegal’s visa requirements.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date you expect to leave The Gambia and Senegal. You cannot apply for a visa until your passport is valid for at least six months.
  • Additional pre-departure information