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We offer educational programs for mature learners who wish to continue learning simply for the joy of it.
Our peer-moderated study groups and lectures cover a wide range of subjects: Arts, Literature, History, Music, Science, Philosophy, World Culture, and Travel. You’ll enjoy expanding your knowledge, making new friends, and being a student again in the surroundings of a world-renowned university – with no exams!
MCLL is part of the McGill community with access to a large range of resources, including the McGill Library, IT support, and academic expertise. With proximity to museums and concert halls, we’re right in the middle of a busy university and its energetic students. We contribute to the life of the university, and to the life of the city.
The McGill Community for Lifelong Learning, formerly known as the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement, was established in 1989 by the McGill University School of Continuing Studies as part of its non-credit program. It was inspired by an innovative program at Harvard University.
The program was designed by and for its members. It is the first of its kind in Canada to use an entirely peer-led model. Since then its membership has grown, but the atmosphere of shared learning in small groups has remained the primary focus.
Where is MCLL located?
We are located on the McGill University campus in downtown Montreal.
Our address is 688 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3R1.
We have underground access to the McGill metro station, or it’s a short walk outdoors. The 24 bus stops at the door.
When do your programs take place?
Our programs take place during the day. We offer programming five days a week in the fall, winter, and spring terms, and once a week during the summer term.
Is there an age minimum or maximum? Are there any education requirements?
No. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Do I need to become an MCLL member in order to attend MCLL programs?
Yes. Please view our Membership Information.
What are the benefits of MCLL?
The benefits to becoming an MCLL member include:
- Access to the McGill Library with the same borrowing privileges and internet access as all McGill students
- Access to lectures and workshops in just about every discipline
- Participation in group events
- Making new friends
- Studying at a famous university
Members also have the option to:
- Lead a lecture or moderate a study group (support and training is provided)
- Serve on MCLL’s elected council
- Contribute to MCLL’s membership committee
- Volunteer in the MCLL office
- Volunteer as conversation partners with McGill University’s language students