Notice: Change in opening times at 2 US border crossings

If you're headed to the US border for your study or work permit:

Beware that the hours when permits are issued to people already living in Canada changed effective December 11, 2017 for the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle and the St-Armand/Philipsburg crossings. Hours are now Mon-Thurs noon to 7pm, and Sat 9am to 5pm. Details here: PDF icon Hours_bordercrossing


Pre-Arrival Orientation Webinars

Starting at McGill this January (Winter 2018)?

Meet us online for a Pre-Arrival Orientation Webinar!

Learn everything you need to know about McGillMontrealStudy PermitsHealth InsuranceHousingBankingCell phone plansOrientation, and so much more!

If you are a student coming to McGill and will be accompanied by your family, please consult the "Bringing your Family" section of our website
Photo & Design by Khorshid Naderi-Azad (Architecture '15)

Pre-Arrival Orientation Webinar Schedule

Times listed below*are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Find the time in your time zone here

Part I

Part II 

Winter 101

Immigration & International Health Insurance

International Student Guide
to McGill & Montreal

Tips & Tricks to Master a Montreal Winter

Couple running in snow

  • Learn about essential immigration documents
  • Get step-by-step instructions on how to obtain your CAQ, Study Permit, and Visa or eTA (if needed)
  • Understand how your Health Insurance plan works
  • Find out what to expect when crossing the border into Canada
  • Learn what to pack and what to do upon arrival (banking, cell phones, etc.)
  • Find out about ISS Orientation activities
  • Shopping for winter clothes on a budget & Staying warm and cozy
  • Fun outdoor winter activities
  • Montreal's underground city
  • Thermometer reading and wind-chill factors
Date Time* Registration Date Time* Registration Date Time* Registration

October 19



November 16



October 26 3:30-4:30pm


In response to interest, an additional session may be added. If you are interested, please send a message stating so to events.iss [at] (subject: Interested%20in%20Winter%20101%20webinar%20for%20incoming%20students, body: I%20am%20interested%20in%20the%20Winter%20101%20webinar%20for%20incoming%20students.%20Please%20let%20me%20know%20if%20an%20additional%20date%20is%20scheduled.) .

November 8 4-5:30pm


November 28







Pre-Arrival Webinars Organized by Campus Life & Engagement

Check out the pre-arrivals webinars offered by McGill Campus Life & Engagement, on a variety of useful topics such as Getting Involved in McGill, Tips for a Healthy First Year, Living Off Campus, and many more! Participate in these webinars from the comfort of your home by visiting this registration page.


Welcome to your first experience of McGill and Montreal!

Pauline, Anastasia, Kally, Melissa, Katerina, Nicole, Ashley, Francesca, James, Stefi, Stephanie, Mukit, and Antu
(The Team at International Student Services)

Brown Student Services Building
3600 McTavish, Suite 5100, Montreal, QC H3A 0G3
Tel: 514-398-4349 / Email: internationalstudents [at]