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Orientation & Transition: Graduate & Postdoctoral

Congratulations and welcome to graduate studies/postdoctoral research!

We hope you are excited about starting your graduate studies or postdoctoral research at McGill. If this is your first time at McGill University or you’ve chosen to continue at McGill, it’s important for you to know that Campus Life & Engagement is here for you. As a service for everyone “new” at McGill, our office provides year-long support for new and/or first-time graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Please do not ever hesitate to contact us, especially when you aren’t sure where to go with your questions or concerns. We are a phone call, email, or drop-in visit away from helping you find the answers to your questions.

For a comprehensive site with information, resources, services, and notices for new graduate students, please visit and

CL&E supports and serves all new graduate students at McGill through Orientation activities and programs, communications and publications, and year-round programs and workshops. We also have several volunteer and employment opportunities for new students.

Services, programs, and resources that CL&E provides or (co-)coordinates for new graduate students and postdoctoral researchers includes, but is not limited to:


Grads Connect

Grads Connect kicks off Discover McGill Day with social activities to connect graduate students with one another as well as with some of the resources at their disposal. Come join us for a morning of fun activities, useful information, the opportunity to meet your peers, and to build your social network at McGill! A lunch will be provided. 

Discover McGill Welcome Event

The Discover McGill Welcome Event will provide you with information and introductions that will help ensure you have a strong start to your graduate and/or postdoctoral career at McGill. Representatives from each of the Students Services as well as the University administrative and support services will be available for you to meet and to provide you with answers to your questions.

Academic Expectations workshops

Academic Expectations workshops are geared toward students new to graduate and postdoctoral life and aim to provide an introduction to many of the services here at McGill, and how to navigate and best use these services during your studies. A special series of workshops on applying for funding is also offered.

GradLife Orientation

GradLife Orientation is a multimedia online orientation course for all new McGill graduate students, created in partnership with PGSS, GPS, and the Office of the Deputy-Provost (Student Life & Learning).


New Student FAQ guides

You have questions and we have the answers. Our New Student FAQ guide answers the questions you likely have on your mind and helps you get successfully settled in for life at McGill. Visit the First-Year website's Publications page to download this year's edition.


Student Life Ambassador program

The Student Life Ambassador Program pairs senior graduate students with new Canadian graduate students to help them navigate their first year of graduate studies at McGill. Ambassadors, who are a wealth of experience and information, are happy to communicate with incoming graduate students in order to address any questions or concerns about McGill’s academic and social life.

International students should apply for a Buddy through International Students Services.

Facilitation Skills workshops

Would you like to know how well you are doing in leading discussions? Would you like to improve your presentation skills and/or know how you can positively impact the environment when you participate in committees or meetings where the structure is hierarchical? Do you want to improve your facilitation, leadership and communication skills?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then don’t miss this opportunity to develop important and relevant skills and sign up now for Leading Effective Discussions, a practical and highly participatory facilitation skills one-day workshop.

Grad Connect Cafés

The “Grad Connect Cafés”, are a series of monthly 90-minute roundtable discussions for graduate students early in their academic career. This series, co-hosted by CL&E and CaPS (Career Planning Service), aims to provide a forum for meaningful dialogue on issues beyond academics that are known to impact success in graduate school. Although you can register for each café individually, students are encourage to come regularly and connect! The series is also supported by SKILLSETS and PGSS. 

Please Note: The Grad Connect Cafés series are currently on hold, but we hope to offer the series again in the future.


At any time of the year, all new students are always welcome to drop by, email, or call our office if they have any questions or want more information about studying at McGill and/or living in Montreal.
In-person: Brown Student Services Building, 3600 McTavish Street, Suite 4100
Email: firstyear [at]    Phone: 514-398-6913

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