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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 (CL&E) 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.
In the meantime and before you arrive on campus, help yourself have a strong start to your McGill career by taking the time to read the following important University Welcome messages.

From your Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

I am extremely pleased to welcome you to McGill University. McGill is a student-centred research institution that places singular importance upon the quality of graduate education and postdoctoral training.

As Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), it is my role to ensure that you have a stimulating, successful, and enriching graduate or postdoctoral experience at McGill. GPS is committed to promoting university-wide excellence for graduate and postdoctoral education at McGill and positioning McGill as a premiere graduate institution in North America. We work closely with the Faculties, central administration, graduate students, professors, researchers, and postdoctoral fellows to provide leadership and vision for graduate teaching, supervision, and research across our over 400 graduate programs. We also oversee graduate policies and regulations, support for postdoctoral fellows, and the disbursement of graduate fellowships.

GPS provides you with the tools and information you need to make your graduate or postdoctoral experience at McGill a success. Our website is a key resource for graduate policies and regulations, details about funding opportunities and support for postdoctoral fellows, guidelines for thesis preparation and examination, and supervision. GPS has three Associate Deans who can help you work through challenges related to funding, supervision, or your academic program. We also do outreach with the graduate community through, for example, collaborative workshops with SKILLSETS, PGSS, and CaPS. We encourage you to take advantage of these offerings to enrich your graduate experience.

On behalf of GPS, I would like to wish you all the very best in your graduate and postdoctoral studies at McGill.

Josephine Nalbantoglu
Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

From your Deputy Provost, Student Life & Learning

Welcome to the McGill community. You are about to embark on an incredible period of learning and discovery, gaining vital experience while you build lasting relationships. With over 300 areas of study and 21 faculties and professional schools, McGill is Canada’s leading teaching and research-intensive university. It is a wonderful place to begin the next exciting stage in your life.

You will be immersed in the most international campus in Canada with peers who are among some of the brightest students in the world in one of the most cosmopolitan city in the world.
You will acquire a first-rate education and you will have the chance to study abroad, to sing in an opera, to conduct research, or to experience one of hundreds of internships, so that you concurrently develop the social skills and innovative thinking required to address the complex issues of the future.
You will live on one of the most unique and supportive student life and learning campus in North America, that will provide you with the community and social engagement, the self-awareness, the global understanding, and the critical and creative thinking opportunities needed to shape the world.

And you will be joining a network of more than 250,000 alumni worldwide, including three astronauts, ten Nobel Prize recipients, nine Oscar winners, numerous Olympians, and many leaders who help shape our world.

This is going to be the adventure of a lifetime!

Bienvenue... Welcome to the McGill adventure. Our doors are open.

Ollivier Dyens
Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning)

From your First-Year Coordinator

Hello and welcome to all,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to McGill University and to congratulate you on continuing your studies here with us! If you previously studied at McGill and are a new graduate student or postdoctoral researcher, welcome back!

As the First-Year Coordinator in Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E, pronounced “clay”), one of my roles is to help you become aware of the vast resources available on campus that will provide you with continued support throughout your studies. In fact, Campus Life & Engagement is the one office on campus dedicated to serving all students who are attending McGill for the first time, and where you can find answers to the questions or concerns you have – whether you have or haven’t already studied at McGill before.

All of us in CL&E are here to help you & McGill get acquainted as quickly as possible so that you can get involved and make the most of your time at McGill. We want to help you become an active member that helps build and shape the McGill Community in the years ahead.

Graduate student life, although a continuation of your studies, is also a new beginning. Of course, not all grad student life should be spent studying and working. There are many opportunities for developing skills, getting involved, and expanding your networks.

I urge you to reach out, not only to the resources at your disposal, but to the people around you. Invest in friendships, relationships, and most importantly, in yourself. We understand that McGill University is only one step in your journey and while you are here, please take advantage of your time. Confidently move forward to build the life you want! You are here to learn and invest in your future, and we have countless resources at your fingertips to allow you to be the best “you” possible. McGill University is here to help you discover and build your potential.

We look forward to meeting as many of you as we can at one of the various events we host during the year. Of course, all the knowledge contained in this website, and more, can also be accessed by picking up the phone, sending an email, or coming to visit the staff at CL&E.

On behalf of all of us here at Campus Life & Engagement, I wish you all a truly joyful and rewarding McGill experience!
Good luck and do not be a stranger!

Leslie Copeland

First-Year Coordinator
, Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E)