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International Students

Getting Started and Immigration Procedures

Now that you have been accepted to McGill, you must begin several procedures as soon as possible to ensure a smooth and timely arrival in Montreal for your studies. You need to:

Health Insurance

Graduate Students (Canadian)

The Health and Dental Insurance plan for Canadian graduate students is with the Quebec Student Health Alliance, but negotiated and administered by the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS). For more information about the plan, including how to enroll if you are arriving in January 2011, contact the Insurance Coordinator at the PGSS office by e-mail: info [dot] pgss [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca or by phone at 514-398-3756.

Alternative Health and Dental Insurance

If you're covered by alternative Health and Dental insurance, you may be able to opt-out of the PGSS Health and Dental Plan and have the fee credited to your student account. Students who opt out of the PGSS Health and Dental plan have to opt out on a yearly basis. The PGSS Health and Dental Plan Opt-Out Period is from: August 2nd to October 1st 2010. For more information please contact the PGSS Insurance Coordinator.

International Students PGSS Dental Plan

The PGSS Dental Plan is charged automatically to full-time international students registered before September 30, 2010.
Part time Graduate students and students wishing to enroll dependants on the plan must do so before October 1,2010. For more information on the PGSS Health and Dental Plan, contact the PGSS Insurance Coordinator by e-mail at info [dot] pgss [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca or by phone: 514-398-3756

Enrolment and exemption requests for the International Student Health Insurance is handled at Service Point.
Inquiries related to the plan coverage or claims should be directed to International Student Services.

International Students

www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/health international [dot] health [at] mcgill [dot] ca 514-398-6012

By McGill Senate regulation, ALL international students (full-time, part-time, special, exchange and visiting) and their accompanying dependents are required to participate in the University’s compulsory international student health insurance plan.

Students must confirm their International Health Insurance (IHI) coverage via Minerva by September 30 (January 30 if starting in the Winter term). Please view www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/health for details on confirming coverage.

Coverage for students who arrive prior to September 1 (January 1 for the Winter term) will come into effect on the later of the following dates: your date of arrival or August 15 (December 15 for the Winter term). The benefits provided by McGill’s IHI plan can be viewed at www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/health/.

Students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the McGill IHI plan. For students already covered by an international organization, some exemptions may be granted. For details, see www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/health/exemption/.

Questions? Contact us!

Canadian Graduate Students info [dot] pgss [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca  514-398-3756.
International Graduate Students       www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/health      international [dot] health [at] mcgill [dot] ca           514-398-6012

Brown Bldg, Ste 3215
3600 McTavish St.

Attend a live online Pre - Arrival orientation session 

for newly admitted international graduate students from the comfort of your home computer!

new student orientation session

Now that you've been admitted, learn everything you need to know about McGill, Montreal, Immigration Documents, Health Insurance, Housing, Budgeting, the Buddy Program, and more.

Tuesday, May 6th - 8-9:30am EDT
Tuesday, June 3rd - noon-1:30pm EDT

Register here to jump right into your new life as a McGill student!

For more information, see the the International Student Services website or contact them.

*Please note that times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).  You can use this time zone converter to figure out the equivalent time in your time zone.