COVID-19 Update

Further to Quebec government directives, McGill University campuses will be closed until further notice. All Campus Life & Engagement in-person activities including workshops and events are cancelled or postponed to a later date. Please check your email for updates. We will be providing limited services through virtual means and will respond to firstyear [at] mcgill.ca (emails) during our regular hours 10:00AM – 4:30PM, Monday to Friday.

Webinars

Pre-Arrival Webinars organized by Campus Life & Engagement for newly admitted Fall 2020-2021 students!

Want to hear from some McGill experts, while you sit in the comfort of your own home? 
Then you should look into joining a McGill pre-arrival webinar that's designed to help you both before and after your arrival at McGill! Please note that we offer multiple sessions of almost all of our webinars for your convenience!

Due to popular demand, the CL&E team has added new webinar offerings for our summer schedule! Be sure to check the calendar below to see all the webinars you can attend.

All webinar times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Use TheTimeZoneConverter.com if you need to calculate the time for your time zone.

New international graduate students can get more information on pre-arrival webinars from International Student Services (ISS). To view the schedule and to register click here. For webinars on Montreal, they are also accepting interested domestic students to attend. Check out their website for more information. 

Important to note: Webinar instructions will be delivered to your official McGill email address. Please be sure to register for webinars at least 24 hours in advance to ensure you receive the meeting link. 


Special 2020 Series: Learning with Zoom

Interested in learning the basics of Zoom for engaging in your Fall courses? This interactive webinar hosted by TLS will let you explore and familiarize yourself with Zoom, a reliable web conferencing tool that allows instructors to convene online meetings with students, chat with or without video enabled, and deliver presentations. We will go over how to use Zoom as a student, practice using some common features, and give you tips and techniques to support your remote learning success.

TOPIC DATE AND TIME
Learning with Zoom #1

June 10th, 2020 - 5 PM EST

Learning with Zoom #2

June 25th, 2020 - 5 PM EST

Learning with Zoom #3 June 30th, 2020 - 10 AM EST

Important Summer Webinars

TOPIC DATE AND TIME DESCRIPTION

Dollars and Sense

 

June 16th, 2020 

10 AM EST

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June 17th, 2020

9 AM EST

6 PM EST

Time to talk money with Financial Aid Counsellor Alison Mackay, who will highlight the services, resources and day-to-day budgeting basics needed as you prepare for your studies at McGill. Hosted by Scholarships and Student Aid.

Slides: PDF icon Dollars and Sense: Planning for your time at McGill

Click here for the recording.

Housing

*FULL

June 22nd, 2020 

9 AM EST

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June 23rd, 2020

6 PM EST

Topics for this webinar include services, resources, and communities available to McGill students living off-campus (i.e. NOT in a McGill Residence). Whether an off-campus first-year, transfer student of any age, or an exchange student, there is something for everyone in this webinar, and you'll be thankful you have this introduction to living in Montreal as a McGill student! Hosted by Kirsten Vanderlinde, Off-Campus & Commuter Programming Coordinator at Campus Life & Engagement and Amanda Rosenberg, Off-Campus Housing Coordinator at Student Housing & Hospitality Services.

 

Housing

*FULL

July 3rd, 2020

9 AM EST

Topics for this webinar include services, resources, and communities available to McGill students living off-campus (i.e. NOT in a McGill Residence). Whether an off-campus first-year, transfer student of any age, or an exchange student, there is something for everyone in this webinar, and you'll be thankful you have this introduction to living in Montreal as a McGill student! Hosted by Kirsten Vanderlinde, Off-Campus & Commuter Programming Coordinator at Campus Life & Engagement and Amanda Rosenberg, Off-Campus Housing Coordinator at Student Housing & Hospitality Services.

 

MTL Healthcare Community

*NEW

July 13th, 2020

12 PM EST

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July 15th, 2020

9 AM EST

Do you have questions about your healthcare options while studying at McGill? Find out about student health and wellness services available on campus, learn how to navigate off-campus health resources, and familiarize yourself with the Quebec healthcare system. Remote care options in the COVID-19 era will also be discussed.
Parents: How to Support Your New McGill Student

July 14th, 2020 

9 AM EST

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July 15th, 2020

6 PM EST

Are you wondering how you can support your child as they transition to McGill as new university students, both now and throughout their first year? Some of the topics covered in this webinar include: the role of parents/family, support resources at McGill, confidentiality, transition issues which may arise, health insurance, and the role of Campus Life & Engagement in supporting new students. Presented by Gilbert Lin, New Student Advisor, Jean Willet, Senior Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator and Caitlin Mehrotra, Undergraduate Orientation Programs Coordinator at Campus Life & Engagement. 

Parents of New Students: Please register here

 

Spilling the Tea: What I Wish I Had Known (Student Panel)

*FULL

July 21st, 2020

9 AM EST

The "What I Wish I Had Known As a First-Year" webinar is an opportunity to learn about life at McGill from upper-year students. You'll hear tips and honest advice they wish they had received when they were once in your shoes! Have a question? The webinar will feature multiple Q&A opportunities for you to ask students who have been through it all! Moderated by Gilbert Lin, New Student Advisor at Campus Life & Engagement and presented by current McGill students: Caitlin, Kirsten, Katia, and Ashley.

Spilling the Tea: What I Wish I Had Known (Student Panel)

 

July 22nd, 2020

6 PM EST

The "What I Wish I Had Known As a First-Year" webinar is an opportunity to learn about life at McGill from upper-year students. You'll hear tips and honest advice they wish they had received when they were once in your shoes! Have a question? The webinar will feature multiple Q&A opportunities for you to ask students who have been through it all! Moderated by Gilbert Lin, New Student Advisor at Campus Life & Engagement and presented by current McGill students: Caitlin, Kirsten, Katia, and Ashley.

Know Your Rights 

*NEW

July 28th, 2020

9 AM EST

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July 31st, 2020

12 PM EST

The webinar presentation will explain the services that the LICM offers to students as well as answer common questions on residential leases and employment law. 

University 101: Academic Culture & Expectations

*FULL

July 29th, 2020

9 AM EST

You’ve made it to McGill! This is a huge accomplishment for you and all your peers. Maybe you’re used to a straight-A average, but now, so is everyone around you! And things can get competitive. What does it mean to hit the books at one of the top universities in the world? What happens if you fail an assignment or even a class? How do you balance your GPA and your well-being? We’ve created this webinar to help you feel confident and comfortable learning in a university environment by demystifying McGill's Academic Culture. Presented by Gilbert Lin, New Student Advisor and Caitlin Mehrotra, Undergraduate Orientations Programs Coordinator at Campus Life & Engagement.

University 101: Academic Culture & Expectations

*NEW

August 3rd, 2020

12 PM EST

You’ve made it to McGill! This is a huge accomplishment for you and all your peers. Maybe you’re used to a straight-A average, but now, so is everyone around you! And things can get competitive. What does it mean to hit the books at one of the top universities in the world? What happens if you fail an assignment or even a class? How do you balance your GPA and your well-being? We’ve created this webinar to help you feel confident and comfortable learning in a university environment by demystifying McGill's Academic Culture. Presented by Gilbert Lin, New Student Advisor and Caitlin Mehrotra, Undergraduate Orientations Programs Coordinator at Campus Life & Engagement.
Getting Involved at McGill! 

August 4th, 2020

9 AM EST

*FULL

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August 5th, 2020

6 PM EST

The most frequent advice our upper-year students offer to the entering class is to get involved. Research has also shown that getting involved can help university students transition successfully into their first year since it allows them to connect with peers and to their new community. Early connections are key because when you feel that you have made a successful transition to your new school, you are more likely to thrive! This webinar aims to help students discover what opportunities for learning and development exist beyond the classroom and lecture hall. We designed this webinar to enrich students' university experiences by providing information on the benefits of getting involved and how to take those first steps towards engagement. We'll also tell you about our resources for getting involved and share tips and tools on how to manage your time and better appreciate the value of getting involved. This webinar is hosted by Joan Butterworth, Leadership Training Facilitator at Campus Life & Engagement.

A recording of the December 3, 2019 webinar may be found here!

Social Connections: UG

*NEW

August 10th, 2020

12 PM EST

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August 11th, 2020

9 AM EST

Social Connections: We have all heard about the importance of social connections. This interactive webinar will cover some tips on making connections during the online semester and give you a chance to connect with one another virtually. We'll also talk about some self-care strategies for when you start feeling Zoom fatigue!

Additional Material

An archive of webinars for newly admitted students is available on the I've Been Accepted website.

New international students: Pre-Arrival Webinars from International Student Services (ISS) provide information for everything you need to know about immigration, health insurance, and how various systems work in Canada (banking, cell phones, public transit, etc.).

Meet your classmates at an online Send-Off brought to you by McGill Alumni! Sign in from your home, smartphone or tablet, chat with classmates from all over the world and walk away with several new connections before arriving on campus. 

The Office for Students with Disabilities hosts live online Q&A info sessions for incoming students throughout the summer.

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