All services continue to be offered remotely during regular business hours, with limited in-person appointments.


Please visit our COVID-19 page for the latest news, resources, and FAQs.

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services
Student Services is here for you, remotely and in-person! ISS is working to gradually re-introduce in-person services for students. Access is by appointment only, so please be sure to contact us before visiting our offices. Please visit our COVID-19 page for the latest news, resources, and FAQs from ISS. For further assistance on immigration-related matters, please contact us through our Advising Request Form. If you have questions on your international health insurance plan, please email [at]


Compulsory International Health Insurance (IHI)

The McGill International Health Insurance Plan is mandatory for all international students.

McGill requires all international students and their accompanying dependents to participate in the compulsory McGill International Health Insurance (IHI) plan which is administered by International Student Services. For more information on who is covered please visit here.

All International Students are automatically charged the annual IHI fee ($1128) in August upon registration at McGill University in the fall term.

Change of coverage period: August 1st and August 31st

CURRENT and NEW students may activate or request an exemption from International Health Insurance Plan (IHI) between August 1st and August 31st. As of September 1st 2020, all registered international students, including exchange* students will  have their IHI plan activated automatically to the default SINGLE coverage. This enables the student to make claims, register for Medavie Blue Cross and Maple apps.

*Exchange students who require a reassessment of the international health insurance fee, must activate their coverage on Minerva by August 31st. See more details here. Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for an exemption. Please note that, students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the McGill plan.

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