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

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: August 2021: Easing of border measures coming into effect on August 9th, 2021 at 12:01am (ET). 
The latest updates can be found on the Entering Canada page.
            1. International students with a valid study permit (or approval letter) can travel to Canada (McGill is on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan). Before making travel plans, please refer to our Entering Canada page.
            2. Fully vaccinated travellers authorized to enter Canada by land or by air, are now exempt from the federal requirement to undergo a 14-day quarantine. The 14-day quarantine continues to be required for all other travellers who are not considered fully vaccinated.
           3. For more information, please refer to McGill's quarantine resources and IHI’s vaccination FAQs.

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
  • building self-esteem, confidence and sense of purpose
  • increasing social and relationships skills
  • combating depression and making us happier
  • counteracts biological effects of stress, anger and anxiety
  • feeling part of the community
  • making a difference enhances self-efficacy


Additional resources-


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 your 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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