Graduate Student Handbook

 Welcome to the Online Geography and Environment Graduate Student Handbook

This handbook is intended for new and continuing students to the deparment and contains pertinent information on both the Masters and PhD programs.  The links on the left provide information, forms, and program details.

Some Key Information and Reminders

Campus maps, Buildings, & Floor Plans

Finding your way around campus can be challenging. Campus maps are available here. If you are unsure of room designations, Classroom Management has a simple table with building abbreviation codes. The Western Accessibility Office has an accessibility map of the campus. Social Science has floor plans available to ease navigation in our building.


Students may be required to travel when conducting research. It is good practice to save your receipts and boarding passes in case you are eligible for conference research funding. Students incurring education-related expenses can also claim them on their income tax return.

Tax Forms

Any student who receives payment working as a TA, RA or GSA or is awarded a scholarship or award must file for Canadian Federal Income Tax.

Travelling Abroad

Students travelling abroad for research must complete the following forms, in advance of travel: Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk, Emergency Information and Fieldwork Safety Plan. In addition, students should register with Western International to ensure all travel documents, vaccines, etc. are in place.