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International seminar 2016 to Tanzania - 70th edition

For over 65 years, the Uniterra International Seminar has offered Canadian students and young professionals a unique experience to exchange and share knowledge across cultures. First initiated by WUSC in 1948, the Uniterra International Seminar connects youth across regions of the world to collaborate on a research project linked to local organizations in Africa, Latin America or Asia.

The summer student Seminar is back!

The Summer 2016 International Seminar will be held in Tanzania! Together, 30 student-leaders from Canada and Tanzania will explore how agricultural systems support economic development and global food security, while looking at how technology and markets can create a sustainable food future for the planet. Participants will work with local businesses, farmers’ groups, NGOs, universities and colleges as they reflect on the specific role that young people play in food and agriculture in Tanzania and globally.

What: Collaborate on a research project focused on how agricultural systems support economic development and global food security with student leaders from Canada and Tanzania.

When: 5 weeks, from mid-July to August 2016 (Exact dates to be determined)

Where: Arusha, Tanzania

Who: The student Seminar is open to Canadian postsecondary students (university or college)  as well as recently graduated postsecondary students.

Language: English, advanced level.

Deadline to apply: November 20th 2015

For more information, download the 2016 Seminar Guide (coming soon!) and keep reading!

Apply to the Seminar today!

About the Uniterra International Seminar:

Selection criteria

  • Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status;
  • Identify as youth (be between the ages of 18 and 35);
  • Be a student currently enrolled in a postsecondary institution (University of college) or have recently graduated and are involved in your community; 
  • Have a good academic record;
  • English fluency;
  • Present or past involvement in social causes on or off campus;
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge in global development, and in the host country; 
  • Interest and/or experience in connection with the agriculture systems and food security;
  • Open-mindedness;
  • Team spirit and adaptability;
  • Availability to start working on the Seminar before departing for Tanzania; and
  • Willingness and interest to share the Seminar's results with Uniterra, and as part of larger outreach activities on and off Canadian campuses after the return.

Conditions for participation

The expenses covered by the program are:

  • Pre-departure training in Canada (transportation, meals and accommodations);
  • Round-trip airfare;
  • Accommodations in Tanzania;
  • Meals in Tanzania; and
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the Seminar.

The selected participants agree to contribute a minimum financial contribution of $2,500 towards the Uniterra program to cover part of the total cost of their participation.

Every year, our motivated Seminar participants have been successful in raising the total contribution funds. An easy-to-use online fundraising platform and support resources will be made available to participants to help them reach their goals!). 

How to apply

1- I am a Local Committee member helping to recruit for the Seminar

Help us find our 2016 candidates right on your campus, or submit your application:

  • Download our Seminar Guide and Interview Toolkit for Local Committee interviews (coming soon!and get started! 
  • Post our Seminar posters on your campus and at various departments this Fall!
  • Promote the Seminar on social media.
  • Have information ready at your WUSC kiosk at events: Recruit potential new members looking for overseas experience!
  • Join our Student Seminar Fall webinar to get more information (date to be announced)!

2- I am a student or recently graduated

Download our International Seminar Guide (coming soon!) and submit your application before November 20th.

Past seminars

International Seminar 2014 Video in Peru:


View other past International Seminar Videos (Senegal, Vietnam, Nepal…) on the Uniterra Youtube channel.


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