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New Graduate Student

Congratulations and welcome to graduate studies!

We hope you are excited about starting your graduate studies at McGill. If this is your first time at McGill University or you’ve chosen to continue to study at McGill as a first-time graduate student, it’s important for you to know that Campus Life & Engagement is here for you. As a service for everyone “new” at McGill, our office provides year-long support for new and/or first-time graduate students. Please do not ever hesitate to contact us, especially when you aren’t sure where to go with your questions or concerns. We are a phone call, email, or drop-in visit away from helping you find the answers to your questions.

For a comprehensive site with information, resources, services, and notices for new graduate students, please visit www.mcgill.ca/firstyear and www.mcgill.ca/gradwelcome

CL&E supports and serves all new graduate students at McGill through Orientation activities and programs, communications and publications, year-round programs and workshops,and assistance tailored to distinct student groups and populations. We also have several volunteer and employment opportunities for new students.

Services, programs, and resources that CL&E provides or (co-)coordinates for new graduate students includes, but is not limited to:


Discover McGill Open House (with PGSS and GPS)

Discover McGill's Graduate Orientation Open House event will provide you with information and introductions that will help ensure you have a strong start to your graduate and/or postdoctoral career at McGill. Representatives from each of the Students Services as well as the University administrative and support services will be available for you to meet and to provide you with answers to your questions. The event is hosted in Thomson House, 3650 McTavish Street, the hub of graduate student life on campus.

Orientation Centre and First-Year Resource Room

The Orientation Centre is a first stop for everyone! You will undoubtedly have a long list of questions when you arrive at McGill, and the best place to get honest answers is at the Orientation Centre (2nd floor, Brown Student Services Building, 3600 McTavish Street). The Centre is staffed by experienced McGill students ready to provide information about clubs, organizations and services at McGill.

Our First-Year Resource Room offers new students a place to go for assistance and access to telephones and computers for course registration.

Grad Life Online Orientation (coming soon!)

Grad Life Online Orientation is a multimedia online orientation course for all new McGill graduate students, created in partnership with PGSS, GPS, and the Office of the Deputy-Provost (Student Life & Learning).


First Contact: Orientation guide

The Orientation issue of First Contact is an invaluable guide to the service, resources, and opportunities at McGill. They are handed out at the Discover McGill event or can be picked up in the CL&E office.

First-Year Calendar

The First-Year wall calendar is a great way for new students to find out about important academic dates and deadlines, and campus events. A different Student Service is highlighted every month.

New Student FAQ guides

You have questions and we have the answers. Our New Student FAQ guide answers the questions you likely have on your mind and helps you get successfull settled in for life at McGill.


Student Life Ambassador program

The Student Life Ambassador Program pairs senior graduate students with new Canadian graduate students to help them navigate their first year of graduate studies at McGill. Ambassadors, who are a wealth of experience and information, are happy to communicate with incoming graduate students in order to address any questions or concerns about McGill’s academic and social life.

International students should apply for a Buddy through International Students Services.

Walking Tours (with PGSS)

The best way to get acquainted with McGill is to take a one-hour tour of the campus which will inform you about athletics, our facilities, the history of our buildings, and the range of student services.

Facilitation Skills workshops

Would you like to know how well you are doing in leading discussions? Would you like to improve your presentation skills and/or know how you can positively impact the environment when you participate in committees or meetings where the structure is hierarchical? Do you want to improve your facilitation, leadership and communication skills?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then don’t miss this opportunity to develop important and relevant skills and sign up now for Leading Effective Discussions, a practical and highly participatory facilitation skills one-day workshop.


Étudiant(e)s francophones

Saviez-vous qu'une personne-ressource est à votre disposition pour vous écouter et vous aider? L’Adjointe aux étudiants francophones de première année, Mme Manon Lemelin tâche de faciliter votre adaptation à la vie universitaire aux cycles supérieurs. Elle peut vous renseigner sur l'éventail de services offerts sur le campus.

Manon LemelinAdjointe aux étudiants francophones de première année

Re-entry students

If you have been away from academia for a while, going back to school may seem daunting. To help you dust off your study skills and get re-acquainted with academic life, Campus Life & Engagement coordinates specifically tailored orientation and academic preparedness sessions for new "re-entry" students.

At any time of the year, all new students are always welcome to drop by, email, or call our office if they have any questions or want more information about studying at McGill and/or living in Montreal.
In-person: Brown Student Services Building (3600 McTavish), Suite 3100    Email: firstyear [at] mcgill [dot] ca    Phone: 514-398-6913

For more information on our services and programs for new students, please contact Leslie Copeland, First-Year Coordinator, at leslie [dot] copeland [at] mcgill [dot] ca