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Acquire the Essential Skills Needed to Succeed in Virtually Every Workplace in the World with Semester@McGill!

The Semester@McGill is a unique 14-week study abroad program intended to help you develop essential transversal competencies and soft skills necessary in today’s world. A series of courses with a specialisation in one of the four proposed streams, coupled with living in multicultural, cosmopolitan Montreal, will enhance your skillset, broaden your worldview, and help prepare you for tomorrow’s global workforce!

Refine yourself into a well-rounded, conscientious member of global society and the global workforce with Semester@McGill!

About the Program

Designed to provide you with flexibility in course load and opportunities for experiential learning, this program offers you four (4) streams. Select the option that best fits your academic program and personal learning goals! Remember to speak to your academic supervisor about getting credits for this program at your institution!


  • 5 OR 6 courses (30 hrs each)
  • YCBS 015 Introduction to Business in North-America (15 hrs) AND/OR YCGL 418 Experiential Service Learning (30 hours)

Core Courses:

• YCBS 015 Introduction to Business in North America(15 hours) (incl. site visits)


• YCGL 418 Experiential Service Learning (30 hours)

2-3 courses from the list below:

• YCBS 216 Interpersonal Skills for Professionals (30 hours)
• YCBS 118 Introduction to Project Management (30 hours)
• YCBS 008 Fundamentals of Organizational Behaviour (30 hours)

Stream 1: Communications/Marketing

  • YCBS 110 Current Trends in Digital Communication (30 hours)
  • YCBS 215 Topics in Business Management: Professional Business Communication and Networking (30 hours)
  • YCBS 012 Fundamentals of International Marketing (30 hours)

Stream 2: International Organizations

  • YCSS 101 Introduction to International Organizations (30 hours)
  • YCSS 102 Regulation Mechanisms of International Organizations (30 hours)
  • YCBS 215 Topics in Business Management: Fundamentals of International Business (30 hours)

Stream 3: Data Science

  • YCBS 274 Introduction to Data Science for Business Decisions (30 hours)
  • YCBS 275 Introduction to Data at Scale (30 hours)
  • YCBS 243 Introduction to Business Analytics and Data Modelling (30 hours)

Stream 4: Entrepreneurship

  • YCBS 276 Innovation and Creativity for Entrepreneurs (30 hours)
  • YCBS 009 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (30 hours)
  • YCBS 215 Topics in Business Management: Professional Business Communication and Networking (30 hours)


  • 8 courses (225 hours): $9,320 CAD
  • 7 courses (220 hours): $8,700 CAD
  • 7 courses (195 hours): $8,100 CAD
  • 6 courses (180 hours): $7,500 CAD
  • 6 courses (165 hours): $6,895 CAD

NOTE: Costs shown are for tuition and ancillary fees only. Other fees may apply.

Fees Include:

  • Tuition
  • Registration
  • Site visits to local non-profitable or charitable organizations and businesses
  • Blue Cross insurance (individual, mandatory)
  • Welcome Gathering
  • Selected sociocultural activities with McGill student monitors
  • Attestation of Participation

Fees Exclude:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport transfer and local transportation
  • Books and other required course material
  • Access to Athletics Services

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 18 years of age and having completed at least one year of undergraduate studies
  • Currently enrolled in studies at an accredited institution
  • English Language Proficiency level: minimum TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6.0, Duolingo 105, CEFR B2, or equivalent

Please note that registration is only open through institutional partnerships

Application Deadlines

Winter 2025: October 4, 2024

Semester Dates

Winter 2025: January 6 - April 11, 2025

Why Enroll?

  • Study at McGill University with the opportunity to earn credits at your home institution
  • Develop skills and competencies that will help you in your future career: critical thinking, problem-solving, conflict avoidance/resolution, cross-cultural communication, time-management, project management and data analytics etc.
  • Network with community stakeholders
  • Immerse yourself in the richness of the Quebecois and Canadian culture

Contact Us


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