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Questions about GJC
The GJC program is fully funded. This means that the main participation costs will be covered by the program. For all courses, this includes the cost of tuition, airfare, accommodation, and other essential program expenses abroad.
Overall, students should expect to incur minimal expenses. The program is designed as a fully funded experience and will work with each successful applicant to ensure their full and effective participation.
The GJC program will open for applications in Fall 2023.
Students selected to participate in the Spring 2024 intensive travel courses will be enrolled in their course during May 2024. Exact dates are to be confirmed, while students should expect a 6-week intensive course that includes 4 weeks of on-campus (TMU) course activities (workshops, lectures, discussions, assignments, etc.) and a 1 to 2-week travel component.
All students will be invited to participate in various workshops and events designed to support student learning and success. These will be scheduled beginning in January and culminate in a final session after course completion. All workshops are required and count towards 6 hours of course credit.
Yes, each successful applicant will be enrolled in one of two courses this program offers.
In the application form, you will have the opportunity to rank the courses based on your interest. The selection committee will strive to offer placement in the program based on each student’s top-ranked course of interest.
In the application form, it is important that students indicate if they can count the course credit towards their degree requirements (e.g., as an open elective requirement within your degree program). Students in their 4th year of study may have already completed all their open elective requirements, thus making them ineligible to participate. If you are unsure whether you can use the credit towards your degree requirements, you may still consider applying, ensuring that you provide a detailed explanation of your particular situation to be assessed by the selection committee.
To apply, students must complete a Google form and upload a written statement of interest and video.
The Google form includes information about you personally, for example, your academic program, status at the university, and previous international experiences. It also includes a Diversity Self-ID and information on accessibility accommodations. We are required to request this information as the GJC program is designed specifically for students who identify as Indigenous, Black, or racialized, students with disabilities, and low-income students. In addition, we must ensure that the program can effectively meet your accommodation needs based on the location of the activity. Lastly, the form asks you to rank the course options based on your preference and to submit a statement of interest and video.
The Statement of Interest is your opportunity to tell us why you should be selected to participate in the GJC program. You are welcome to write a more traditional or conventional statement of interest and to take a creative and/or unconventional approach with the video.
You will be asked to consider and respond to the following prompts. Choose what is most relevant for you:
- Why are you interested in participating in this program (and specific course, if relevant), and what would it mean to you?
- How will participation support your personal, academic, and/or professional goals?
- What does global justice and change mean to you?
You will be asked to submit your response in the following formats below. The following file types can be uploaded to the Google form: PDF or video.
Write your response to the prompts above in up to 750 words and Record a video (maximum 5 minutes) telling us more about yourself that you have not included in your statement of interest. Note both are required.
Various factors will be taken into consideration by the selection committee when determining successful applicants.
- Diversity Self-ID: based on criteria identified by the funder, alongside institutional priorities to improve access and inclusion in global learning at TMU, this program is designed for and prioritizes students from specific equity-deserving communities, including students who identify as Indigenous, Black, or racialized, students with disabilities, and low-income students. The selection committee will aim to meet specific targets and ensure a diversity of participants based on these criteria.
- Academic program and faculty: This program is open to all disciplines and faculties. When selecting participants, the selection committee will aim to ensure a diversity of disciplines is represented. This program intends to provide an interdisciplinary experience. Note that a minimum number of participants from the Faculty of Arts will be prioritized. Interest in each individual course will also play a role in the selection process, as 15 students must be selected for each course.
- Statement of Interest and overall fit for the program and/or course: the selection committee will consider your overall suitability for this program based in part on what you share in your statement of interest submission. We want to ensure program impact and a rewarding experience for all participants, so your submission should communicate; Why you are interested, what you believe you will get out of it (personally, professionally, and/or academically), as well as how you relate to the overall theme of the program (global justice and change)
TMU Global will provide pre-departure and planning workshops and leadership development. During travel, TMU Global staff will be available to support students in the day-to-day support needed in the country. After completing the course, students will participate in debriefing workshops supporting their continued academic and professional development.
Note that program staff will work with students individually to ensure that program supports are adapted to the needs of participants. The GJC program is based on the values of equity, access, inclusion, and justice, providing students from equity-deserving communities with increased opportunities to access and experience the benefits of global learning.
The GJC program is open to all students who meet the eligibility criteria. If you graduate before the course starts in the Spring 2024 term, you will not be eligible to participate, as the funder requires the course to be counted as a credit. The program best suits students in their 2nd or 3rd year of study. However, students from all years may apply. It is important to note that applications from students in their 2nd and 3rd years of study will be prioritized.
No, French is not a requirement to enroll in this course, nor will your language abilities affect the selection process. However, some French language skills will be an asset to those who travel to Senegal.
Thirty students will be selected to participate in the 2024 iteration of the program. Each course will be capped at 15 students.
Join us virtually for the Global Justice and Change program information session on October 5, 2023, at 1 p.m.
If you missed the info session, watch the recording here (external link, opens in new window) and read through the slides here. (external link, opens in new window)
You can also reach out to us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the TMT article: New TMU program gives students a chance to engage with topics on a global scale
Check out the TMU Today article: Register now for a once-in-a-lifetime global travel and learning opportunity
Check out the TMU blog here (external link, opens in new window) .
Check out the Panama video here (external link) .