Important Dates + Pre-arrival Checklist

2020 Pre-Arrival Dates, Information, & Resources Reference Sheet

We have compiled a handy reference sheet of some of the most important pre-arrival dates, information, and resources to be aware of before your arrival at McGill. Use the sheet to check when orientation events are held, when course registration opens, when you can apply for the Work Study program and more! You will also find helpful links to further information on topics including graduate funding opportunities, supervision, housing resources, legal & immigration documentation, and summer holidays.

The Important Dates sheet is temporarily unavailable while we update it to reflect resent changes to the academic dates of the Winter 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. 

Getting ready for university should be an exciting and worry-free time in your life, so to help ease your preparations we’ve compiled a checklist of the most important things to do before arriving at McGill.

1. Make sure to accept McGill's admission offer online via uApply and pay your deposit (note that the charge may vary on your program, consult this website).

2. If you have been offered a space in residence, please fill out the appropriate surveys on Minerva (McGill's online registration system). If you haven't yet reserved a spot in Residences please contact the Residence Admissions Office at 514-398-6368 or by email housing.residences [at]

3. Submit your legal documents to McGill’s Enrolment Services as soon as possible – preferably well in advance of the fee payment deadline, so that your tuition fees are billed at the correct rate right from the start.
What documentation to provide depends on your legal status in Canada, and the level and length of your studies with us. You will find details at the following pages on the Legal Documents website:

                   Instructions on how and where to send

4. Log on to uApply to ensure that your application file is complete and that all applicable documents have been received. You can verify your registration and fee information and update your mailing address on Minerva. If in doubt, call Service Point at 514-398-7878.

5. Activate your McGill email account so you don’t miss important messages. It is McGill University’s official means of communication.

6. If you do not already have a permanent code, complete the Request for a Permanent Code Data Form and mail it back to Enrolment Services' Documentation Centre. Once it is processed, it is visible on Minerva through:

                     Student Menu -> Student Accounts Menu -> View your Tuition and Legal Status
                     Student Menu -> Student Records Menu -> View Your Unofficial Transcript

7. Complete the mandatory Academic Integrity Tutorial available on myCourses, if you haven’t already.

8. Register for courses.

9. Bookmark the Welcome to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website and check back often. Consider it your essential survival guide to McGill.

10. Request to be matched with a current, senior graduate student that you can email with your questions about starting at McGill as a new graduate student.

11. Read through the Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities.

12. Download the official McGill app on the App Store or Google Play. It will be your personal assistant throughout your time at McGill!

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