Intensive Language Programs

Intensive Language Programs

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How to Apply

You can apply to the Intensive Language Programs online. It’s quick, simple and secure.

Ensure you have a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) for the non-refundable application fee:

  • Application fee for admission to the Fall 2019 semester: $86.41 CAD.
  • Application fee for admission to the Winter 2020 and onwards: $89.52 CAD.


The fee must be paid online to submit your application.



How to Apply by Proxy

If you are using a proxy to apply, you must complete, sign, and submit this PDF icon Intensive language Registration Proxy Form . You should apply online and then have the proxy holder submit all supporting documents and fees in person at Client Services.

A proxy can also be used to pick up your admission letter, as we do not send letters by courier. Please use the above-linked document to have your letter released to a third party. The form can be submitted by email or fax at (514) 398-2650.

NOTE: Students using a proxy are bound by contract with McGill University upon their application.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2019 semester

International applicants: July 2, 2019

Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants: August 20, 2019

Winter 2020 semester

International applicants: November 12, 2019

Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants: December 3, 2019

Summer 2020 semester

International applicants: February 18, 2020

Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants: April 7, 2020

Each semester is divided into two six-week sessions for these programs. Admission into the intensive Certificate of Proficiency programs is only possible for the first session of a semester.

Missed the Deadline?

It is possible to register as an independent (special) student and attend courses. However, you will not be eligible for the Certificate of Proficiency until you apply to the program and are formally admitted. Once you are admitted, your completed courses will count towards the certificate.

To register for a course as an independent (special) student you need to:

Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, or
An International student with valid immigration status for the entire 6 – week session
Provide payment in full for the session before your register

You can then apply for formal admission to the Certificate Program for the start of a new semester.  

If you have missed the application deadline to apply for the first session, please contact us by email [intensivelanguage.conted [at]] or by phone at (514) 398-6200.

Application Status

Within two (2) business days after submitting your online application, you will receive by email a confirmation and further instructions on how to complete your application.

You will be also be provided with a McGill ID number and a 6-character PIN (Personal Identification Number) so you can sign into Minerva, McGill’s online student information system, to track the status of your application and upload supporting documents.  

Processing Time

Processing of applications can take up to 10 business days, provided the following are submitted:

Admission letters are sent by regular mail to the address on your application. We do not courier admission letters, so there is no tracking information. Note: The letter will include information about the writing of the Placement Test. 

Transfer, Deferral and Cancellation Intensive Program
Difficulty Applying Online?

If you have any problems with your online application, please contact Client Services.

If you are unable to submit your documents online, you can submit them via email at intensivelanguage.conted [at] or by fax (514) 398-2650.


How do I find living accommodations in Montreal?

Compared to many large cities in the world, it is not very difficult to find a comfortable, clean apartment in Montreal. We recommend you review a practical list of tips on finding an apartment in the city on the McGill Off-Campus Housing website. If you would prefer to live with a local family, please refer to the following links:

Minerva Homestay
La Maison Internationale de Montréal
MS Homestays
Premier Homestay

Rooms in University residences are available only during the summer. Spaces are limited. For more information, see McGill Residences.

How do you help your students adjust to their new McGill environment?

During the first week of your program, there will be an Orientation Session to introduce you to your program of study and the School, as well as the University surroundings and the city of Montreal.

How do I get my McGill ID card?

McGill ID cards are issued at Client Services. Your McGill ID card gives you access to many of McGill's student services, including libraries, computer labs, recreational facilities and much more. Your instructor will provide you with information about obtaining your card after the third day of your class.

Is it possible for me to take a break during my studies?

Yes. Students who successfully pass a level and wish to re-register for the next level at a later date may do so, but only within a calendar year. However, students may be required to re-write the Placement Test upon their return to the program.

Discover our Intensive Languages Programs Offerings
Intensive English Language and Culture

Learn English with full-time courses.

Intensive French Language and Culture

Learn French with full-time courses.


Client Services - Intensive Language Programs
Phone: +1 514-398-6200
Fax: +1 514-398-2650
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1199 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 3R1
Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Language and Intercultural Communication
Phone: +1 514-398-1212
Fax: +1 514-398-1769
688 Sherbrooke Street West,11th floor, Suite 1181 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 3R1
Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.