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Request a buddy

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.

Be a buddy

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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Immigration documents

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. 

Programs shorter than six months (e.g. 1-term exchanges) do not need a CAQ and Study Permit.


Climate

Montreal summers are humid and range from warm to hot with an average Temperature of 22-30 °C. Spring and fall can be mild, but pone to drastic temperature changes. Late season heat waves and even snow storms in November and April are possible. Winter in Montreal usually brings cold, snowy, windy, and, at times, icy weather.

Renewing immigration documents

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.

International Health Insurance Forms

Please find below the International Health Insurance (IHI) Handbook:

Newly graduated students

Students who graduate and obtain an open 3-year postgraduate work permit are now eligible for Quebec Medicare. For more information, please contact the Quebec Medicare office:

Régie de l'assurance-maladie du Québec

425, boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest
3e étage, bureau 300
Montréal (Québec) H3A 3G5

(514) 864-3411

1. Blue Cross handbook - Group no. 95258

IHI Rates for the 2014-2015 academic year

  • Single IHI plan: $849
  • Dependent IHI plan: $2,604
  • Family IHI plan: $4,953
 

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