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Welcome, prospective Indian students! We're glad that you are considering McGill University as a choice for your graduate education.
Top five reasons to come to McGill for graduate school
1. McGill ranks as one of the best universities in North America, and one of the top 25 in the world.
2. Study alongside students from over 160 countries, along with over 600 other international graduate students from India.
3. Quebec tuition fees are some of the lowest in North America, and much lower than those in the United Kingdom and Europe.
4. As an international student, you are eligible to receive a permit to work in Canada for up to three years after you graduate.
5. Live in Montreal, one of the safest, most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world.
An Indian International Student's Story
Written by Kiruba Krishnaswamy
Being an ardent lover of nature, it has always fascinated me to study something close to nature with a technological slant, so I ended up studying food engineering in an agricultural university in India. Raised in a conservative South Indian family, it took a lot of courage to step out of my cocoon to explore the world and to develop my intellectual acumen in research. In 2010 I received the prestigious Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship to spend a summer at McGill University. Women scientists are uncommon and young unmarried women living abroad on their own for academic reasons is virtually unknown in my society. But I was firm: I was not going to let the opportunity pass. My family was nervous, but supportive. And the decision changed all the plans I had for life. It was going to be my first travel abroad.
As an exchange student at McGill for my Master’s work, I got everything I had sought: the ability to take academic initiative, the infrastructure to conduct the cutting-edge work I had wanted to do, topped with an international student body. Before I went back to India after that summer, I had been nominated for another prestigious award: the Women's Scientist Scholarship awarded by the Government of India. I chose to decline it, and come back to McGill as a PhD student.
In Montreal I taught myself to use the metro. I saw snow! I have now experienced water-rafting, dancing, cooking and the rides in a giant amusement park! Living in Canada has made me tolerant of diversity. I got to know people of varying backgrounds and countries, and made friends with fellow grad students from countries as far afield as Brazil, France, Romania, Malaysia, and Indonesia. People in Canada spoke different languages; followed different religions that I did not even know existed! Yet amidst all of this, the society in Canada allowed me to retain the cultural subscriptions I feel comfortable with. I am trained in classical Indian dance and song traditions. I helped teach some of those to students here. I continue to visit the temple regularly, and follow the rituals. Even today, when I put on my lab coat to work with nanoparticles, I wear kumkum on my forehead, as a sign of my cultural affiliation. A consistent element in my workspace is a picture of Vinayaka, the elephant God, in whom I have tremendous faith.
In my society, girls of my age are supposed to be married and raising children. It was quite stressful for my family to support my decision to pursue a career in academia. And they remain the source of my energy. I like to think that my life has a metaphor: ideally, If I would have been married I would have just received the gift of gold ornaments. In my current life, I am trying to extract gold from plants, in such a form that it can help cure cancer.
I have developed a curiosity for Nanotechnology, as it always astonishes and amazes me to envisage such miniscule particles doing spectacular things and making a phenomenal change in every sector. I fixed my objective on combining nanotechnology and agriculture, as I see it as an emerging field with enormous scope in its proliferations in various areas. Hailing from India, where agriculture is the backbone of our society, and being a food engineer, it has always flabbergasted me that there is such huge post harvest loss and so many agricultural waste materials. On the other hand the concept of nanotechnology has captivated me so much that it led to this idea of nano-agro integration.
Aside from the excellent academic opportunities, you learn to be independent, you learn to lead your project and have a vision, you achieve confidence in being at one of the world's best institutions and you have exposure like this where you are featured on a website! McGill encourages you to take initiative and start student activities. For example, we have formalized free international dance classes, “Happy Feet,” for students on our campus. Quite popular they are too! At McGill you will find students organizing various activities ranging from adventure trips, movie screenings, inspirational talks, visits to other cities! These activities are perhaps the best way to meet like-minded people from across the world.
Being at McGill is like an adventure ride: you choose the pace and you choose the specifics, and let yourself enjoy the entire thrill and I would definitely recommend it.