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  • Locations: Québec City, Canada
  • Program Terms: Spring, Spring Break
  • Restrictions: Auburn applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
College/School: Office of International Programs Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Andrew Gillespie,
Majors Eligible: ALL MAJORS Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates)
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

AU Office of the Provost - Sustainability in Northern Climates - A Case Study of Québec City, Canada


This 2020 spring program will meet on campus for class during the semester and over Spring Break venture to Québec City.  Students will be introduced to sustainability in northern climates through cultural activities, food, sports, and more. In addition, students will be able to explore Québec City, a francophone city, to get a taste of Europe right here in North America.  Activities will include, but are not limited to: city tours, culture tours, a hockey game, cross-country skiing, and even dog-sledding! This program is perfect for students who have never experienced springtime in a colder climate, those who want to experience how climate changes culture, or for anyone looking for a spring break that is exciting and against the grain of traditional spring break experiences in the United States.The program and courses will be taught by Dr. Andrew Gillespie, Assistant Provost, Office of International Programs. 

Physical Requirements
Extensive walking, cold weather, ice, potentially uneven pathways, potentially physically demanding activities (skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, etc.).

The program is open to students of any major at the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior level. A minimum 2.25 grade point average is required.


Spring 2020:
  • 8 January 2020: Course Start Date on Auburn Main Campus
  • 7 March 2020: Start date on location – arrive in Québec City, Canada
  • 14 March 2020: End Date – students return to the United States
  • 1 May 2020: Course End Date on Auburn Main Campus


INTL 3930 - Directed International Study - Sustainability in Northern Climates - A Case Study of Quebec, Canada (3 credits)


Program Fee: $1000

Download a copy of the estimated 2020 Quebec City Budget


Payment Schedule:

Payment Schedule is TBD.

Dog SledRefund Policy:

Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed above.

There will be no refunds made when written notice to withdraw is filed with the Director of the program less than 30 days prior to departure.

Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.

Students will reside in a hotel based in Québec City, Canada.

Québec City, Québec, Canada

Québec City is one of the oldest settlements in North America. A fortified city, it is a great way to get that European charm and feel here in North America. The population is mostly French-speaking, and you will see many similarities with French culture in Québec City. The average temperature for March is between 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore winter sports are very much alive even as spring approaches.  Students will enjoy the countryside as well as the winding streets and castle-like architecture.


Tentative Excursions include:

  • City Tour
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Huron-Wendat Museum
  • Hockey game
  • Dogsledding
  • Visit a Traditional Sugar Shack


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.

U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program.
Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Contact Dr. Andrew Gillespie for more information at

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This program is currently not accepting applications.