Looking to broaden your education and music training beyond the Schulich School of Music?
Studying at another university is a great opportunity to experience student life in a new environment and broaden perspectives on career possibilities. It is also a wonderful way to develop intercultural skills as well as to enhance critical thinking and personal growth.
As a student at the Schulich School of Music, you have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs or to arrange for independent study at other schools in both music and/or non-music courses. These courses may be credited towards your Bachelor of Music or Licentiate in Music with departmental approval.
Below are guidelines to embark on a new educational opportunity domestically or abroad.
Music-Specific Official Exchanges
The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland is an official exchange partner with the Schulich School of Music.
In general, the Sibelius Academy recommends exchange applicants to apply for two consecutive semesters, i.e. both fall and winter terms. January 15 is the deadline to apply for exchange for both terms of the following academic year.
Further details on eligibility, procedures, and the application process for McGill’s official exchange partners can be obtained from the International Education website, and from the exchange university websites.
General Official Exchanges
Besides the music specific official exchange partners, you also have the option to participate in international exchanges with other host universities in other discipline of studies. This is a great opportunity for you to take courses that can be counted towards the non-music or free electives.
You may apply to go on exchange with general exchange partners for one or two semester(s). January 15 is the deadline to apply for exchange for both the fall and winter semesters.
Click here to obtain the list of McGill’s general exchange partners.
Music-Specific and General Exchange Checklist:
- To be eligible to participate, you must be currently registered as a full-time, degree-seeking McGill student, and have a minimum CGPA of 3.0. The best time to participate in an exchange program is generally the year before your final year of study.
- Submit a Request for Exchange online through MINERVA before January 15.
- In collaboration with Service Point, the Faculty will nominate candidates to participate in exchanges.
- If you have been nominated to participate in an exchange, you must accept or decline the nomination before the Service Point deadline.
- Further instructions to complete the exchange application will be sent once you have accepted the nomination.
- You will pay the same tuition you would pay if you were here on a McGill campus (equivalent of 15 credits and related fees), but there are other expenses that you should take into account when budgeting, such as airfare, accommodations and other living expenses.
- You will be responsible for knowing and abiding by the visa requirements of the country where you will participate in the exchange program.
- You will have to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation.
- You will have to adhere to the registration deadlines of the exchange university.
- Complete a Travel Registry before you leave for the exchange. You will also have to ensure that you will be covered by insurance during the exchange.
- Enjoy your exchange term away, be safe and keep an exchange journal so you can share your experience with fellow students and the Schulich School of Music community. We would love to hear your feedback about your exchange experience!
- Once the Exchange Term is completed, the exchange partner will send the official transcripts to Service Point, which will then be forwarded to the Music Student Affairs Office to process transfer credits.
INDEPENDENT STUDY AWAY
You may decide to take elective courses at another university not included in the list of McGill official exchange partners while earning credit at McGill. You will be required to submit a Study Away Request and a Course Approval and Transfer Credit Form on MINERVA before the following deadlines:
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Each course approval entry will be reviewed by the academic department which oversees the specific area of study. It is important you contact the Academic Advisor in Music to follow up on your Study Away Request once the application has been submitted.
In addition to submitting the Study Away Request on MINERVA, you will apply directly to the host institution. You will follow the host institution’s registration procedures and pay tuition and other miscellaneous fees directly to the host university.
Study Away Checklist:
- To be eligible to participate, you must be currently registered as a full-time, degree-seeking McGill student, and have a minimum CGPA of 2.70.
- Inform yourself of the host university’s requirements for Study Away.
- If the host university accepts incoming independent students for Study Away, you will then submit a Request for Study Away and a Request for Course Approval and Transfer Credits online through MINERVA Student Records Menu before the assigned deadlines.
- The Faculty will review your Study Away Request.
- If the Study Away application is approved, you will be responsible for following up with the host university to complete the registration procedures.
- You should attend the Pre-Departure Orientation.
- You will have to adhere to the registration deadlines of the exchange university.
- Complete a Travel Registry before you leave for Study Away. You will also have to ensure that you will be covered by insurance during the Study Away.
- Make arrangements with the host university to send the official transcripts to the Music Student Affairs Office (McGill University. 527 Sherbrooke Street West, Rm A720, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1E3) once you have completed the Study Away for credit transfer.
QUEBEC INTER-UNIVERSITY TRANSFER (IUT)
Quebec Inter-University Transfer (IUT) Agreement allows you to register at another educational institution in the province of Quebec in addition to your registration at McGill. With your faculty's permission, you may register at any Quebec university for three or in some cases six credits per term depending on degree residency regulations.
Tuition is paid directly to McGill. The host institution will automatically submit your grades to McGill for any completed courses.
- Visit BCI (Bureau de coopération inter-universitaire) to submit an application for "authorization to transfer credits".
- Once this application is approved by both the home and host universities, you must register for the course that was approved at the host university.
- You must adhere to the registration deadlines of the host university.
- You must also ensure that the McGill Class Schedule permits you to take these courses without conflict.
- If you decide to drop or withdraw from the approved course(s), you will need to drop or withdraw from the course using the host university's registration method AND submit this change on the online IUT application.
An Internship is a great opportunity to build connections. It is also a wonderful chance to apply the skills you are developing in the Schulich School of Music in a professional setting.
To be eligible to participate, you must be an active student, and have completed 30 credits in a 90-credit program, or 45 credits in a 120-credit program, and have a minimum CGPA 3.00. In adherence to the insurance policies, the internship may not be completed in the last semester of studies in the program. You are required to return to McGill in the semester following the end of the internship to continue with your program. It is your responsibility to find a professor within the Schulich School of Music to supervise your internship.
To take advantage of a Music Internship, a Proposal Form for a Special Project must be submitted to the Associate Dean (Academic) and the Department Chair before the following deadlines:
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- Find a professor who will supervise the internship.
- Both you and the professor are required to complete a Proposal Form for a Special Project [pdf] illustrating the project objectives, learning goals, activities and how this project will contribute to your professional development.
- Your professor should indicate means of evaluation (e.g. business plan, log of activities, report on what you learned; research paper, composition or recording, assessment of host organization, or some combination, including the relative weight of each component in the grade).
- Submit the signed proposal with the supporting documents to the Department of Music Research or the Department of Music Performance depending on the program in which you are enrolled.
The year that I spent in Helsinki, Finland was an incredibly fascinating and unforgettable experience. By participating in this exchange program with the Sibelius Academy, I was able to play in various ensembles with great musicians who were all very welcoming and helpful. I also enjoyed studying with my professors who were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This exchange opportunity has inspired me in many new ways. I made friends from Finland as well as from other parts of the world. Forming these new friendships made me learn and respect more about other cultures. I have definitely collected so many memories in Finland, and I strongly believe that it was truly unique once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Michelle Kyung Hyun Kim, BMus (2013-2014 Exchange at the Sibelius Academy, Finland)