UniLaSalle Spring Geological Field School - Science Only

The department of geology at UniLaSalle, a leading Grande École in Geosciences and Agriculture, offers the unique opportunity to conduct geology field work in France.

International and French students complete work throughout France alongside faculty members, graduate students (peer teaching), and invited specialists. Selected participants will experience hands-on geological exploration in small groups, extending learning from the classroom to the field in sedimental mapping, sequence stratigraphy and/or transect of the French Alps.

Key information





Program type


Application information

Application status



Spring 2020 applications

February 10, 2020

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Spring 2021 applications

Open Fall 2020

Program details

Students will earn the following transfer credit for 2 UCalgary half-courses (6 units total) over the 3 week program: 

Course Code

Course Equivalent

UCalgary Units


GLGY 435

Field Methods II


GLGY 337 
(Intro to Geologic Field Methods)


Sr. Level Elective Credit


3rd year+ standing

Week 1: (on-campus program) Cross-cultural management, geological mapping, and petrography
Week 2: (in-field) Transect of the Alps
Week 3: (in-field) Sequence Stratigraphy

More details are available here

The program runs for 3 weeks in May. For details check the program page and the brochure in the right sidebar. 

Week 1: Beauvais Campus - Cross-cultural management, geological mapping, petrography

Week 2: Grenoble to Gap - Transect of the Alps, with free days in Grenoble 

Week 3: Digne-les-Bains - Sequence Stratigraphy (Tertiary sedimentary series of Digne-les-Bains)

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    The estimated costs of this program in 2019 are as follows:


    Cost (low est.)

    Cost (high est.)

    Flights to Paris, train to Beauvais RT
    (estimated cost, this is self-arranged)



    Tuition for 2 courses at $538.59/course (based on 2019 rates, expect changes for 2020)



    Trip transit, accommodation, & meals

    2030 (1390€)

    2030 (1390€)

    Travel/Medical Insurance for France



    Program Placement Payment



    Total Estimate in CAD$:



    Trip Transit, Accommodation, and meals cost breakdown from estimate above:

    • Week 1: room & board on campus + transportation from CDG airport to UniLaSallle: 300 €
    • Roundtrip transportation from Beauvais to field sites: 300 €
    • Week 2: room, board & transportation: 320 € (NOTE: For free time in Grenoble for 2 days - accommodation is included, but meals and personal transportation for these days are not)
    • Week 3: room, board & transportation: 420 €
    • Non-refundable administration fee: 50 € (Program cancellation fee of 150€ for any cancellations)

    Not included in specific program costs are:

    • round-trip travel from Canada - estimated costs given above, but this is self-booked (to Charles De Gaulle in Paris)
    • passport/visa fees (if required) - total est. cost for 10 year passport and photos is $175
    • mandatory health and liability insurance coverage - estimated costs given above, but this is self-arranged
    • personal expenses - also meals, transportation, etc. for free days in Grenoble
    • vaccine or immunization costs for travel
  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?   
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any 
    awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Room and board on this program are pre-arranged. 

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in the Faculty of Science, who have completed at least 2 full years (20 courses) at the post-secondary level, and will have completed GLGY 337 prior to starting the exchange, with an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

While this program is taught entirely in English, a basic knowledge of French is recommended (but not required).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Saskia Schaelicke

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.