Participating in the Killam Fellowship exchange was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I went to Memorial University of Newfoundland and took classes in subjects that are not offered in Plattsburgh, some of which changed the focus of my academic interests. It was interesting taking classes with professors and students I was unfamiliar with, and being surrounded by new perspectives at Memorial offered me an opportunity to explore my identity in an academic and international context.
Being in the city of St. Johns was a cultural experience that was, in itself, worth the trip. I had an amazing time with all of the friends I made and have relationships that will last throughout my life. Since the exchange, I have even gone back to Newfoundland and intend on spending much more time there in the future.
From a financial standpoint, the exchange offers a generous scholarship which meant that I didn’t have to take out Federal Loans for that semester, and since I was receiving aid in the form of grants and scholarships already, the reward was more than enough for the exchange to pay for itself.
Another small plus is that the recognition gained from participating in this exchange is a nice feather to have in your cap (it looks good on academic resumes). All in all, I would highly recommend that anyone who wants the experience of travel abroad and an academic challenge apply for a Killam Fellowship.
-Ivan Carlson, Killam Fellow, 2015-2016
The Killam Fellowship Program offers SUNY Plattsburgh students the opportunity to study at one of several prestigious Canadian universities for either a semester or academic year. The program offers a cash award of up to $10,000 per academic year ($5,000 per semester) that helps to offset the cost of attendance.
Students are also allowed to apply for a mobility grant to undertake educational field trips such as attending a conference, etc. For more information about the program and the various Canadian universities that participate, please click here and watch this video.
Since there are several Canadian universities that participate in the Killam Fellowship Program it is important that you check prior to applying to ensure that your preferred host campus offers coursework related to your major at SUNY Plattsburgh. For more information regarding courses available through the program, please visit the Killam Fellowships website
and click on your university of choice to access their course information.
Housing options will vary from one university to another. Please refer to the Killam website
for more information.
Students with physical or learning disabilities, should contact the Global Education Office to find out more about the specific services available.
Financing a study abroad program is one of the most important aspects to consider before applying. Please refer to the budget sheets at the top of this web page to review a detailed cost estimate for the program, which includes costs you are billed for through SUNY Plattsburgh, as well as those you must plan for, but pay directly, such as a flight and accommodation. Estimates are subject to change at any time. If you have questions about the estimate, please contact the Global Education Office.
Financial aid in the form of scholarships, aid (NYS TAP, etc.), and loans, may be applied to study abroad programs. It is important that you visit the financial aid office at your home campus to discuss your eligibility prior to applying. Please share the cost estimate for your program with your financial aid office. Please note all students participating in a Plattsburgh program are automatically enrolled and billed for a SUNY international health insurance policy through United Health Care (UHC). For more information on the policy, please check here
The Killam Fellowship Program is competitive and therefore not all applicants will be selected for an exchange. Additionally, all students who apply should have up to three Canadian universities in mind that they would like to attend as not all selected students are admitted to their first choice university. For additional information about the application and selection process please contact the Global Education Office.
As a U.S citizen, you do NOT need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. You must have a valid passport with an expiration date of no sooner than six months after the end of your program. You must also be able to provide satisfactory evidence to an immigration officer that you do intend to leave Canada after the conclusion of your study abroad program. You must also be in good health and meed criminal admissibility requirements. If you have committed or been convicted of a criminal offense, you may not be allowed to enter Canada. For more information regarding how criminal convictions can affect your ability to enter Canada, please visit the Government of Canada's website
You are ultimately responsible for finding out whether or not you will need a visa for the duration of your studies in Canada. For more information regarding student visa requirements and the application process, please click here