All services continue to be offered remotely during regular business hours.

 

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

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services
International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can now travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Students travelling to Canada will need to have a self-quarantine plan to ensure that they can self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

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

The Buddy Program




Make the transition to McGill easier (and more fun!) by joining the Buddy Program!

New International Student?

Current/Returning Student?

Winter 2021 registration is open. Register here to request a Buddy!

Registration for Winter 2021 is closed.

 

Buddy Volunteers - Once you're signed up, log in again here: https://mcgillbuddyprogram.com/portal/login/

The Buddy program pairs new international students with current students who provide a friendly face, helping hand, and first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance, and information about life at McGill.

Now celebrating its 32nd anniversary, the Buddy Program has helped thousands of international students - over 1500 last year - settle into McGill and Montreal.  Typical "buddy" activities might include:

  • online face to face meetups using any platform (i.e. Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Google Meet or Houseparty)
  • email or meet online to talk about courses, professors, campus-life, clubs, etc.
  • online karaoke, zumba, or videogames
  • chatting online over a cup of coffee or tea

Volunteers and new students are paired on a rolling basis during the summer, allowing new fall students to be in touch with their buddies over the summer. There is no hard deadline for signing up, although it's important for both volunteers and new students to sign up before the term begins in order to ensure a smooth pairing.

“Being an International Buddy was one of the most rewarding opportunities at McGill. I experienced the excitement of Montreal all over again through another person's eyes, learned more about people from around the world, and made lifelong friends.” - Azzura Lalani,  McGill Class of 2014


 

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