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McGILL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS, fall and/or winter only

Getting started

Self-assessment Questionnaire - It is important to identify your academic and personal goals for studying away. Click here.

Important Policies - There are policies and regulations you MUST know before applying for any type of study abroad activity. Click here.

Does an exchange fit into your programs and degree? - To plan a successful exchange program you should know the progression of each of your McGill programs so that you can choose a host university whose courses will be a ‘good fit’ for all your programs.

Step 1: Are your programs on Minerva accurate?

  • You can indicate your program choice by logging in to Minerva (http://www.mcgill.ca/minerva-students/). Click on “Student Records Menu”, then select “Change Your Primary Academic Curriculum”

Step 2: Plan your courses for each program. (See http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis/general/degree-planning)

Step 3: Complete the “Faculty of Arts OASIS - Degree Planning Worksheet for Study Away” following the instructions as explained. 

Step 4: It is strongly recommended that you consult with your Departmental Program Advisers, (well in advance of the Exchange application deadline), to guide your course selection and ensure you are meeting the program requirements.  Consult the website below to find the name and location of your program adviser. (See http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis/ba/departmental/adviser/)

Bring your completed “Faculty of Arts OASIS - Degree Planning Worksheet for Study Away” to your meeting in order to discuss the following questions:

  • How many program credits have been completed?
  • What courses remain to be completed?
  • Will I be completing 2/3 of my program requirements at McGill?
  • What is the ideal term to be completing program courses at another university?
  • What course content should I be looking to cover at the host school?
  • Which universities have strengths in this area of study?
  • Is there anything I should keep in mind when selecting my courses and submitting them for approval?
  • Certain departments have advisers dedicated to reviewing courses taken at other universities.  When should this adviser be consulted? (See http://www.mcgill.ca/students/international/sites/mcgill.ca.students.international/files/adviser_contact_list_for_course_approvals_outside_of_qc.pdf)

  Your Degree

  • Faculty Advisers can assist you during the degree planning process and help you organize information in a meaningful way. They can also help you interpret complex policies, procedures and requirements that must be considered when planning your degree.
  • If you wish to meet with a Faculty Adviser to discuss your plans to study away, consult Arts OASIS for the available advising hours and remember to bring your completed “Faculty of Arts OASIS - Degree Planning Worksheet for Study Away” to your meeting. (See http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis/)

Financing your Exchange Program

During the term(s) you are on exchange, you will pay McGill tuition for 15 credits.

  • Research funding options early and be pro-active in your planning.
  • Check if funds are available through federal or provincial-level government programs, foundations, private or public organizations, etc. Inquire about the application criteria and deadlines.

  Outgoing Exchange Details - Refer to McGill’s International Education website.

Where can I go?


Exchange partners “Host Schools” - McGill maintains academic partnerships with a wide array of international institutions across a broad spectrum of disciplines. You can select to attend for one or two terms, depending on the agreement between the two universities.

  • Faculty of Arts students select universities indicated as “General”.  Check the host institutions' websites for details.
  • To explore your options, consult the following website: http://www.mcgill.ca/students/international/goabroad/exchange/partners
  • There may be a "Second Round" of exchange applications for the "WINTER TERM only" limited to a small number of host schools.  Please consult the following website for a list of host schools: www.mcgill.ca/students/international/goabroad/exchange
  • What should you consider when selecting your “Host University”?
    1. What is the university’s the credit system?
    2. How many courses must I take to receive the equivalent to 15 McGill credits? (See approved_host_universities_and_programs_may_2014.pdf)
    3. What is the university’s grading system?
    4. What is the language of instruction?
    5. When are course descriptions available?
    6. Are the university’s courses comparable in content and method of evaluation to McGill’s required courses/electives?
    7. What date does the term start?
    8. What date does the term end?
    9. When does the exam period begin and end?
    10. Will I return in time to resume my studies at McGill?

It is the student's responsibility to select a host school that meets the needs of their academic requirements and offers a term of study that provides the student with the ability to resume their McGill studies on time.  If you return to McGill after the term has begun, you will miss the opportunity to evaluate your courses and determine whether or not you should make any changes to your selection; you will also have missed the content of those initial few weeks, potentially compromising your grade.  If you choose to select a host university with a term of study that ends after classes begin at McGill, you do so at your own risk.

How/when to apply?



At the time of application you must:

  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or greater
  • Be currently registered as a full-time student in the McGill BA or BSW degree

At the start of your exchange term you must:

  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or greater
  • Be currently registered as a full-time student in the McGill BA or BSW degree
  • Have completed at least 24 graded McGill credits
  • Have a minimum of 12 credits remaining to complete for your McGill degree
Application Deadline
  • June 6, 2014 for the "Second Round" of exchange applications for WINTER 2015 TERM only. There is a limited number of host schools to which you can apply.  Please consult the following website for a list of schools:  www.mcgill.ca/students/international/goabroad/exchange

  Application Procedure

Step 1: You must have attended a mandatory Arts OASIS information session.  If you did not attend an information session, you may be required to speak to a Faculty Adviser about your plans.

Step 2: Submit your completed Arts OASIS Degree Planning Worksheet-Study Away to Arts OASIS by June 6, 2014 at 3 pm to avoid a delay in precessing your request.  
  • In person: to Dawson Hall, Room 110 during regular office hours
  • By email attachment: to adviser [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca in the following "Subject" format:  Degree Planning Worksheet Family Name/First Name 260111222.  Late submissions will not be accepted and will result in the cancellation of your application.

Step 3: Submit your application on MINERVA by June 6, 2014

Step 4: All Winter 2014 grades must appear on your Minerva record before a decision can be made on your application.

Step 5: In order to be considered for nomination to the host partner, you must first be granted Faculty Approval by Arts OASIS. Your application will be evaluated for the required academic criteria.  A status of 'Approved' or 'Not Approved' will be entered in the 'Faculty Application Status' field of your Minerva Exchange Application between June 6 and June 13, 2014. This is the first level of approval.

Step 6: Final approval will be granted through the Exchange Office after Faculty approval has been granted.

Once approved

Apply to Partner Host University

Course Selection and Approvals

Pre-departure Information Session

  • If approved for an Exchange Program outside of Canada you are required to attend a mandatory Pre-departure session. Details.

International Travel Registry Form

  • If approved for an Exchange Program outside Canada you are required to fill out the Minerva Travel Registry Form.
  • You will have access to this Form once your McGill record indicates “Term Exchange” for the specified term(s).

At the Host University

  • Keep all course materials (exam questions, graded work, methods of evaluation, reading lists, etc.) since McGill advisers may request them for further course equivalence evaluation.
  • Regularly check your McGill email for important notices.

Cancelling your Exchange Program

  • If you wish to cancel your exchange program you must submit a Service Point Request Form.
  • If you plan to stay at McGill for the term, please note that any courses on your record would have been deleted when your McGill record was updated to "Term Exchange". It will be your responsibility to re-add your courses using Minerva.

Transferring credits

Official Transcript

  • Official transcript are arranged between McGill and the partner universities so you are not required to have one sent to McGill.
  • You are advised to order a few official copies for your own future use – e.g. Graduate studies applications, job interviews, etc.

Transfer Credit Policy - refer to the Transfer Credit Policy to know:

  • What grade is required?
  • How many credits can you receive?
  • How and when transfer credits are processed?