Orientation Week

Students at McGill can get involved in many aspects of Orientation Week and Frosh at McGill, at the university, faculty, and club level. Opportunities exist before, during, and after Orientation Week.

Orientation offers an amazing chance to meet, support, advise, and most of all welcome our new students at McGill.

Students can get involved in the following events and positions:

Pre-Arrival Peer Support

  • Student Life Ambassador

As their first "personal" link to the university, this is your unique opportunity to help relieve the anxiety and confusion of being a first-year student, to build excitement for Orientation and the great times ahead.  Student Life Ambassadors correspond with their assigned new student(s) periodically throughout the summer months helping them prepare for their transition to McGill's academic and social life.

  • International Student Buddies

The Buddy program pairs new international students with current students who provide the friendly face, helping hand, and first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at McGill.

Orientation Week (Discover McGill & Frosh)

  • Frosh Coordinator

Frosh is a completely student-run event, organized by over 90 different Coordinators across the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU), 12 undergraduate faculty, departmental, or school associations (“Faculty Frosh”), and 5 organizing committees made up of different interest groups (“Non-Faculty Frosh”), with support from staff at Student Services’ Campus Life & Engagement office.

  • Orientation/Frosh Leader

Orientation Leaders are returning McGill students who help guide and acquaint new students to the McGill and Montreal communities before, during, and between organized University-wide (Discover McGill) and Faculty/interest-specific (Frosh) events throughout Orientation Week.

  • Discover McGill & Engage McGill - Logistical Team

There are opportunities for logistical support in the month leading up to Discover McGill (e.g., new student package preparation), the days before (e.g., preparing materials and doing set-up), and the day of (e.g., group formation, orientation package and lunch distribution, University Fair setup, and the overall welcoming process). 

  • Frosh Logistical Staff (O-Staff)

O-Staff are returning McGill students who help to create welcoming and well-organized environments, spaces, and operations for events and participants during Orientation Week. 


Students should read all listserves during the Winter semester for updates from Campus Life & Engagement, faculty associations, and SSMU regarding how to apply for these positions.

Contact cle [at] mcgill.ca (Campus Life & Engagement) for any more information related to involvement opportunities at McGill related to Orientation and the first-year experience.

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