Mexico Field School - Sustainable Tourism

Beach in Mexico

Please note: While CIP is hopeful that Field Schools will be able to run in Summer 2022, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and will keep students updated if we are not able to offer any of the Field Schools.  

Students will spend one week on the U of G campus learning about various elements influencing sustainable tourism such as hospitality practices, principles of leadership and multi-sector cooperation, and integration of the local environment, economy and community engagement.  The class will then spend one intensive week in Cancun, experiencing a hands-on opportunity to examine challenges and opportunities of tourism sustainability in a popular destination, through site visits and discussions with local tour operators, tourism businesses, and local stakeholders. 

This Field School is being generously funded by Transat who are donating (in-kind) the flights and hotel accommodations for the selected participants.  Students will also engage in team work culminating in a final assignment “white paper” post-trip, proposing a Sustainable Tourism Practices Implementation Plan. This report will be presented to the Transat stakeholders which may lay the groundwork for further recommendations, studies, or an action plan.

*Please note that Transat may change the destination of this field school to another location within the Caribbean.

Information Session


Field School Details

  • Instructor: Dr. Statia Elliot, School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management
  • Offered: Summer 2022
  • Prerequisite: 68% cumulative average, 7.5 credits or permission of the instructor.  Preference will be given to HTM students, but students from other fields of study will also be considered.
  • Maximum number of participants:  12
  • A (tentative) course outline can be found a the bottom of this page
  • If you have any questions about the program, please contact Statia Elliot or Allison Broadbent, Study Abroad Manager.

Program Dates (tentative)

April 23 - April 30, 2022 

There will be approximately one week of classes on the U of G campus in mid-April, followed by one week of experiential learning in Cancun, Mexico.


Students will be registered in HTM 4500 for 0.5 credits.  A tentative course outline is attached at the bottom of this page.


Students should budget for the following:

  • Tuition and fees at the University of Guelph for 0.5 credits
  • The Mexico Field School fee: approximately $500 which covers covers trips and excursions in Mexico. This amount is subject to change based on the fluctuating exchange rate.
  • Mandatory travel health and emergency insurance through the company Guard Me ($1.65 / day)
  • ​Personal expenses (additional personal travel, etc) 

    This Field School is being generously funded by Transat who are donating, in-kind, the flights and hotel accommodations for the selected participants. (*Note the destination is subject to change, within in the Caribbean)


Students applying for the program must have the pre-requisites for the program (see above) by time the program begins in April 2022 (or permission from the instructor), and must have a 68% cumulative average. (Students with a 65 - 67% cumulative average may be considered if there are extenuating circumstances that affected their marks which are described on their application.)

Preference will be given to HTM students, but students from other fields of study are also welcome to apply.  

Apply to the Mexico Field School

To apply for Field School programs you must complete CIP's online application. Step-by-step application instructions are outlined in the link below.

Application Instructions

Cancun tourist pics

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