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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.

Volunteer to Be a Buddy


Registration to volunteer for Fall 2021 is open.

NOTE: Once you've registered through the portal, you will NOT be able to access it again until after you've completed the Buddy Volunteer Training and your record has been updated (by ISS) in the portal.


Registration for the Volunteer training webinars will open two weeks prior to the scheduled date.

This webinar is a brief 45 minute ONLINE session outlining your role and responsibilities as a volunteer.

As a Buddy Volunteer*, you may be the very first friend a new international student has at McGill!  You play an important role in easing the new student's transition to McGill and to Montreal, and in helping them feel a little less overwhelmed by their new environment.  There are many benefits to volunteering, including:

  • making new social connections
  • learning about another culture (or connecting with someone from your own culture)
  • developing intercultural communication skills
  • acquiring mentorship experience
  • obtaining recognition on your official McGill Co-Curricular record

By joining the International Buddy Program as a Volunteer, you're committing to:

  • A minimum of one academic term (selected by you)
  • Emailing your Buddy within 7 days of being matched
  • Meeting with you Buddy at least once in person
  • Sending a mid-term check-in message to your Buddy
  • Completing your end-of-term report
  • Participating in a brief 45 minute training webinar (see Step #2 above)

* Please note: To be a Buddy Volunteer, you must have been a McGill student for at least one (1) full academic year. 



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