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Services for Graduate Students

Student Services

Be sure to inform yourself of the many Student Services that exist to support you throughout your McGill experience.

Students are eligible to use the various services upon payment of the Student Services fee which is automatically charged to your student fee account in the fall and winter terms. Students registered in Graduate Medicine are also eligible and their fees are assessed in the fall term. The Student Services' fee is optional for Postdoctoral scholars. Postdoctoral scholars wanting more information should contact the Office of the Executive Director, Services for Students, in the Brown Student Services Building.

For a list of these services visit the Student Services website.

Better yet, drop by in person. On the downtown campus, visit the Brown Student Services Building, 3600 McTavish Street (a short walk just down the hill from Thomson House). For those of you studying on the Macdonald Campus, you will find Student Services in the Centennial Centre, suite CC1-124.

Health Insurance

For all students

Comprehensive health insurance is a must for all students. To ensure that your health is never compromised, McGill offers insurance plans that can either cover all your needs or complement your existing coverage.

All students are automatically enrolled in a student plan except for students who begin their McGill studies in January; these students must choose to opt-in. As well, students can opt out of the plan if they have alternate coverage. If you'd like to opt out, you must submit the necessary paperwork by the opt-out deadline. Contact the Post Graduate Students' Society PGSS to find out about opting-out and relevant deadlines.

For Canadian graduate students

The health insurance plan offered to Canadian graduate students is negotiated by the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) in collaboration with the Quebec Student Health Alliance (ASEQ). Enrolment is automatic and fees will be charged to your student account unless you opt out. For information on the PGSS Health Insurance Plan, click here.

For Canadians from outside of Quebec

All Canadians receive medical coverage through their provincial governments, but your coverage may change when you leave your home province. Check with your provincial health care office to see if you're covered.

For Non-Resident Canadians

If you are a new Canadian permanent resident or a Canadian citizen who has been living abroad for an extended period, you may not immediately qualify for provincial health coverage. Although you will automatically be enrolled in the Canadian graduate student insurance plan, it may not ensure adequate coverage, so consider opting for the group plan offered through International Student Services.

For international graduate students

With very rare exceptions, all international students are required to participate in a health insurance plan administered by International Student Services. For more information, visit the International Student Services website or drop into their office:

International Student Services
William & Mary Brown Student Services Building
McGill University
3600 McTavish Street, Suite 3215
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1Y2

Tel: 514-398-4349
Fax: 514-398-7352
international [dot] students [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)