This "Who's Who?" provides you with a comprehensive list of university services and offices here to help you navigate your McGill experience.
Career Planning Service (CaPS)
The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer jobs, as well as internships, by providing workshops, individual advising, a comprehensive job posting service, and an extensive Career Resource Centre.
The Counselling Service works to provide effective therapy, knowledgeable support, and an ongoing opportunity for students to discover and develop the skills required to be successful in both their journey through McGill and in the lives they will live in the years ahead.
From first-year through graduate school, students may find themselves challenged by the varied stressors in their lives. For some a brief intervention, supportive counselling or answers to worrying questions may relieve their concern, while for others the achievement of personal goals will lie with ongoing therapy.
First Peoples' House
The First Peoples' House is dedicated to providing support for First Nations (status and non‐status), Inuit and Métis students at McGill, by establishing a sense of community and a voice to Aboriginal students who have left their home communities in order to pursue their education. Also, the Indigenous Student Advisor helps undergraduate and graduate Aboriginal student connect with academic supports by partnering with faculties, departments and schools to ensure students’ academic and personal well-being.
First Year Office
The First-Year Office is designated to help make students' transition into the academic and social life at McGill as smooth as possible. Their goal is to help all students new to McGill by providing pertinent information and links to a range of services available across campus, from one central location.
International Student Services
The International Student Services Office is responsible for providing programs to promote the growth and development of international students and to facilitate their adaptation to McGill and Montreal.
ISS offers a host of services, including:
- Orientation activities
- Health insurance guidance
- The "Buddy Program"
- Helpful publications and pre-arrival webinars
- Assistance with immigration rules and regulations
- Workshops and useful tips on working in Canada
- Information sessions on taxation, permanent residency and other subjects of interest to international students
- And much more!
McGill Legal Information Clinic (MLIC) and Student Advocacy Program
The McGill Legal Information Clinic (MLIC) is a non-profit, student-run, bilingual and free legal information service. Its mandate is to provide legal information, referral and community services to the McGill and Montreal communities, with a continuing commitment to meeting the needs of marginalized groups.
The Student Advocacy Program is part of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. It provides free and confidential advice and representation in cases where McGill students are going through disciplinary, grievance or appeals processes.
The McGill Writing Centre offers courses and tutoring to help you improve and refine your academic writing skills and learn to write for specific audiences.
Mental Health Services
The McGill Student Mental Health Service offers a range of psychological and psychiatric services for all McGill students who have paid their Student Services fees. The service aims to provide a secure, non-judgmental space for students of all orientations and backgrounds. A team of psychiatrists and psychologists are available by appointment for assessment and treatment of many conditions which may interfere with psychological well-being.
This service is for students suffering with problems relating to: anxiety, depression, sleep, attention, obsessons or concentration, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, severe winter blues.
MORSL is an interfaith organization dedicated to enhancing spiritual and religious life, and supporting students in practical terms.
Office of the Dean of Students
The Dean and Associate Dean of Students, as well as the staff in the Office of the Dean of Students, are ready and willing to offer students assistance during their years at McGill, whether it is answering questions or providing advice and referrals to the appropriate individual or office on campus. We work closely with student associations and student affairs offices of faculties on both campuses, providing liaison between students and other sectors of the university.
Student rights and responsibilities, academic integrity, academic advising, the student disciplinary process and student recognition are all overseen by this office ensuring that procedures, policies and services support and enhance every student's university experience.
Office of the Ombudsperson
The Office of the Ombudsperson offers confidential, informal, independent, and neutral dispute resolution services to all members of the student community by providing information, advice, intervention and referrals.
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
The OSD will be the unit which offers you support if you feel that difficulties and impairments are hindering your academic performance while at McGill or if you require assistance with access. You should contact us regardless of whether the difficulties you are experiencing are permanent or temporary, and we provide assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students.
The assistance offered at the OSD targets a wide variety of situations, from medical diagnoses to mental health issues and anxiety disorders, and also includes long term support to accompany students with Learning Disabilities, ADD or ADHD, Asperger’s and autism.
Scholarships and Student Aid Office
The Scholarships and Student Aid Office offers financial assistance to students, whether through loans and bursaries, work study, scholarships and awards, or debt management and budget counselling services. McGill's SSAO is here to help you find and manage the money you need for university. Their mission is to promote accessibility, support retention and encourage scholarship through financial awards for needy and deserving students in any degree program from any geographic origin.
Service Point is your single stop for admissions, registration, tuition and fees info, student ID cards and official transcripts. Service Point also deals with many student record requests for students in the Faculties of Arts and Science. Open Monday to Friday.
Sexual Assault Centre of McGill’s Student Society (SACOMSS)
The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. Services include Crisis Intervention, Support Groups, Advocacy, and Outreach. Additionally, we offer sexual assault sensitivity training to McGill and Montreal groups, provide information and referrals, and organize events to raise awareness about sexual assault.
It provides a safe, accessible and non-judgmental space for members of many different communities and identifications. All services are open to the public and are provided free of charge.
Student Affairs Office (Faculty-specific)
A Student Affairs Office provides information and guidance for both graduate and undergraduate students on the following: programs, degree requirements, registration, advising, course changes & schedules, procedures for withdrawal, exam schedules & conflicts, deferred & supplemental exams, rereads, academic standing, leave of absence or term away, and graduation.
Student Health Service
Student Health Service aims to provide comprehensive health care to students in an academic setting.
Their objectives are to:
- Provide preventive and curative health care in an environment accessible to students by caregivers that are sensitive to this health group.
- Provide health education and promotion to students on campus about the issues common to this age group.
Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU)
Every undergraduate at McGill is a member of SSMU. SSMU is here to speak out for you and advocate for your interests. On the local university levels, this means being your representation to the McGill administration. The students’ society works hard for fairer academic justice processes, better quality instruction, and better services for students.
SSMU also aims to provide you with everything you might need during your time here at McGill that isn’t provided by the University itself. Here are a few highlights of what the students’ society does for you…
- SSMU leases and operates the University Centre through a wide array of clubs, services and events, thus establishing this building as the centre of student life on campus
- SSMU supports close to 300 clubs by providing them with funding, phone and internet access, office space and conference rooms
- SSMU runs Gerts Bar, The SSMU Daycare, and Minicourses
- SSMU represents its students on over 30 University committees to make sure that your voices and concerns are heard
Whether you are having difficulty in a given subject, require assistance preparing for exams, or need a paper proof-read, qualified tutors are here to help. The Tutorial Service is a peer tutoring service that matches your request for academic assistance with a qualified student selected from a bank of private tutors. Their mission is to serve as a resource for McGill students hoping to reinforce classroom learning and strengthen their academic performance.
The Welcome Centre, located on McTavish Street (corner Sherbrooke Street West), is the natural first stop for any student, parent or guidance counsellor planning to visit McGill's downtown campus. The centre arranges walking tours, the opportunity to attend a class (student-for-a-day), offers admissions information and a whole lot more to ensure that prospective students and their parents have a solid understanding of the university and its surroundings.
To access important dates regarding enrolment, class registration, exam schedules, etc. please consult the Important Dates website.