Mandatory for all international students
All non-Canadians coming to McGill must obtain all 3 of the documents below to study legally in Quebec (and Canada) if enrolled in a program lasting 6 months or longer.
If you're a current McGill student and would like to be a Buddy to a new international student, please fill out the form below. Be sure to click "Submit" at the bottom of the form to finalize your request. For further information, contact ISS.
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If you're an international student and would like to apply for a Buddy, please fill out the form below. Be sure to click "Submit" at the bottom of the form to finalize your request. For further information, contact ISS.
When you arrive at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (or other air/land Canadian port of entry), a Canadian customs officer will verify your passport, entry visa (if applicable), and letter of acceptance. He or she will then ask you a few questions about the purpose of your visit to Canada.
Please find below the International Health Insurance (IHI) Handbook:
- Health Insurance Claim Form - Extended Health Care Benefits
To be used to claim reimbursement after having paid for eligible medical expense. Original receipts must accompany this form.
- Health Insurance Claim Form - Medical Expenses
Once you arrive in Canada, keep copies of all important documents (e.g. Passport, Study Permit, CAQ, Health Insurance Card, etc.) in a safe place, and take note of your documents' expiry dates.
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Montreal summers are humid and range from warm to hot with an average Temperature of 22-30 °C.
By Senate Regulation, ALL international students (full-time, part-time, exchange, special and visiting) and their accompanying dependent(s) are required to participate in the University's compulsory sickness and accident plan. Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for an exemption. The list of exemption categories can be found under Eligibility for Exemption. Please note that, students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the McGill plan.