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Summer Session Overview

The unique short programs offered by the McGill School of Continuing Studies are designed to provide international students with the chance to learn new skills in a variety of topics, gain indispensable knowledge, and benefit from an enriched academic experience that will help shape and define their future. Students can take advantage of numerous complementary social and cultural activities to learn more about the city of Montreal – a perfect fusion of European charm and North American attitude.

All short programs include two courses of 30 contact hours each (total of 60 contact hours). Classes are held in-person and divided into either 2.5-hour or 3-hour sessions. Instructors offer office hours between sessions for Q&A periods. The classes include breaks and focus strongly on student engagement.

Classes will be divided into either 2.5-hour or 3-hour sessions. Instructors will offer virtual office hours between sessions for Q&A periods. The classes will include breaks and will focus strongly on student engagement.

The successful completion of a short program (two courses) will earn the student an Attestation of Completion, as well as a Record of Study (transcript) from McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Discover our Summer 2024 Courses & Programs

Business Analytics
  • YCBS 243 Introduction to Business Analytics and Data Modelling (30 hrs)
  • YCBS 254 Introduction to Agile Project Management (30 hrs)
Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
  • YCBS 277 Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (60 hrs)
Introduction to Big Data
  • YCBS 274 Introduction to Data Science for Business Decisions (30hrs)
  • YCBS 275 Introduction to Data at Scale (30 hrs)
Machine Learning
  • YCBS 272 Introduction to Computational Applied Statistics (Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning) (30 hrs)
  • YCBS 273 Introduction to Practical Machine Learning (30 hrs)
Health Technology (Health Tech)
  • YCHC 220 Data Governance in Healthcare (30 hrs)
  • YCHC 230 AI in Healthcare (30 hrs)
Financial Technology (FinTech)
  • YCFA 210 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing (30 hrs)
  • YCFA 220 Fintech and the Financial System (30 hrs)

To learn more about the courses above, please contact shortprograms [at]

Important Dates

Program dates: The Summer Short Programs will be offered for 4 weeks, in-person, from July 22 to August 16, 2024
Registration will open on: March 4, 2024. Please note that registration is open only through institutional partnerships
Registration Deadline: June 3, 2024
Refund Deadline: May 17, 2024 (After this date, McGill University will only refund students for which the program has been canceled or those who have received a Visa refusal letter from Immigration Canada).

Admission Requirements

English Proficiency requirements:

  • English proficiency requirement for these short programs is TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6.0, Duolingo 105, CEFR B2, CET-4 500 / CET-6 470, or equivalent. For more information, please download the Proficiency Concordance Table.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in, or possess, a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

NOTE: Intermediate to advanced level programming in Python is required for applicants interested in the “Introduction to Big Data”, “Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence” and “Machine Learning” short programs.


To register for an in-person short program, the fee is $3,150 CAD per student.

Fees include:

  • Tuition fees, registration fees and ancillary fees
  • Course material
  • McGill SCS Record of Study (transcript)
  • Attestation of Completion
  • Orientation session
  • Social and cultural activities to discover Montreal with McGill student monitors



The summer session will include weekly activities hosted by McGill monitors. Students will discover tourist attractions, historical sites and colorful neighborhoods. Examples include:

  • McGill Campus Tour
  • Old Montreal, Chinatown, and Montreal’s Underground City
  • Mount Royal
  • Public Markets (Jean-Talon, Atwater)
  • Museums


Students will also have the opportunity to participate in optional one-day excursions to other Canadian cities such as Ottawa or Quebec City.

*List of activities and excursions are to be confirmed.
*Additional fees per activity may be required.

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