Student Matching Programs

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McGill offers university-wide new student matching programs that match new students with an experienced student to help them navigate their first year of studies at McGill. These senior students are a wealth of experience and information and are happy to communicate with incoming students prior to their arrival in order to address any questions or concerns about McGill’s academic and social life. The First Friend program matches incoming students with another incoming student from the same region.


New Student Mentorship Program

Open to all incoming McGill domestic students

The New Student Mentorship Program facilitates ongoing and meaningful connections between new and returning domestic (Canadian) McGill students. Incoming students are matched with a trained, upper-year mentor in the same faculty or department (when possible). Through regular, one-on-one check-ins throughout the academic year, mentors share valuable first-hand experience on how to navigate university life and campus resources. Monthly check-ins between mentors and mentees include topics such as effective study strategies, student-life balance, campus resources, and goal setting. Visit the New Student Mentorship Program webpage to learn more and sign up!

International Student Buddy Program

Open to all incoming McGill international students
The International Student Buddy Program assists new international students in adjusting to their new surroundings and facilitates students' integration into the McGill and Montreal communities. Visit the International Buddy Program webpage to sign up!

First Friend

Open to all incoming McGill students
To help ease your transition to McGill, International Student Services (ISS) invites international students to connect virtually with another international student in your world region before your transition to Canada. First Friend is a peer-to-peer program where you will be matched with a fellow new student (not to be confused with a mentorship program). Sign up here to make your first friend at McGill! 


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