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Pre-arrival checklist - January

Getting ready for university should be an exciting and worry free time in your life, so to help ease your preparations we’ve compiled a checklist of the top 15 important things to do before arriving at McGill.

  1. Make sure to accept McGill's admission offer online and pay your deposit (note that this charge may vary on your program, consult this website).

  2. Log on to Minerva to ensure that your application file is complete and that all applicable documents have been received. You can also verify your registration and fee information and update your mailing address. If in doubt, call Service Point at 514-398-7878.

  3. If you are a Canadian student, submit your Proof of Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency to Enrolment Services', Service Point.

  4. If you are a Quebec resident, send your proof of residency to Enrolment Services', Service Point as soon as possible.

  5. If you are an international student, make sure you’ve completed and obtained all the necessary paperwork to study in Canada: a Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec, a Study Permit, and where applicable, a temporary resident visa or Convention Refugee status document. Copies of these documents must be submitted to Enrolment Services', Service Point. For more information, please refer to the Pre-departure section of the International Student Services website.

  6. If you do not already have a permanent code, complete the Request for a Permanent Code Data Form and mail it back to Enrolment Services', Service Point.

  7. As of October 15 you can reserve a spot in Residences by contacting the Residence Admissions Office at (514) 398-6368 or by email at housing [dot] residences [at] mcgill [dot] ca

  8. Bookmark the Welcome to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website and check back often. Consider it your essential survival guide to McGill.

  9. Discover McGill Graduate Orientation will take place on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00pm at Thompson House, 3650 McTavish.  Watch for your invitation in December. http://www.mcgill.ca/firstyear/grad-students/winter-orientation

  10. If you are a Canadian student, you can request to be matched with a Student Life Ambassador, a senior graduate student in your Faculty that you can email with your questions about starting at McGill as a new graduate student. Request to be matched by completing the online application form.

  11. If you are an International student, you can request to be matched with an International Student Buddy by completing the online application form.

  12. Make sure to enter your Registration Confirmation by the deadline of January 6, 2014. http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/registration/dates

  13. Activate your McGill e-mail account through Minerva. This is very important!

  14. Read through the Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities, also known as the "Green Book.

  15. Remember that the Campus Life and Engagement office provides an on-going support to all new students.  Contact them with your questions, especially when you don’t know where to go.   

Email :firstyear [dot] office [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Phone :514-398-6913

Website :http://www.mcgill.ca/firstyear/