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Semester@McGill Winter 2024 is currently being revised.

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

Prepare yourself for a successful career with Semester@McGill, a unique 14-week program that combines academic course work and optional volunteering opportunities in a non-profit or charitable organization in Montreal. Develop essential cross-curricular 21st century skills and competencies needed to thrive as a professional in virtually any organization. As a participant in this program, you will also gain first-hand experience in interpersonal and cross-cultural communication as you engage with diverse local communities.

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

Information Session

The purpose of this session is to introduce you to theSemester at McGill program offered by the McGill School of Continuing Studies.

This unique 14-week program combines academic course work and optional volunteering opportunities in a non-profit or charitable organization in Montreal.

Learn about our university, Montreal, program structure, admission requirements and more.


About the Program

Designed to provide you with flexibility in course load and opportunities for experiential learning, this program offers you five (5) options. 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.

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


About Service Learning (Volunteering)

Why volunteer alongside courses? Because education is only one requirement for a successful career! Learn by doing and gain invaluable practical experience to complement your knowledge, skills, credentials and CV.

Examples of Volunteer Activities:

  • Mentoring children
  • Assisting the elderly
  • Delivering meals to those in need
  • Helping out at a soup kitchen for the homeless
  • Researching cases of those wrongly imprisoned
  • Helping the crisis intervention team at a battered women’s shelter
  • Advocating for human rights or the environment
  • Redesigning the organization’s website
  • Implementing a social media campaign
  • Helping administrators implement new technologies
  • Planning public speaking events or galas


No matter what type of volunteer activity you opt for, one thing is for sure – the experience will enrich your life in ways that will benefit you for years to come!

Why Enroll?

  • Study at McGill University with the opportunity to earn credits at your home institution
  • Gain international experience in Montreal’s volunteer sector with Service Learning Course
  • Develop skills and competencies that will help you in your future career: critical thinking, problem-solving, conflict avoidance/resolution, cross-cultural communication, time-management, etc.
  • Network with community stakeholders
  • Immerse yourself in the richness of the Quebecois and Canadian culture

Contact Us


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