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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.

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McGill-UQAC French Immersion Program

About the McGill-UQAC French Immersion Program

A partnership with the Deputy Provost for Student Life and Learning, International Student Services, and the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi

  • Fully funded French Immersion program for students
  • 3-week virtual program at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
  • 21 hours of French classes each week (Monday to Fridays 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 2pm ET)

Spring Session: May 17th - June 4th, 2021

  • Faculty of Engineering (Undergraduate and Gruaduate Students), Faculty of Science and Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (except Dietetics)  - Undergraduates Only
  • Returning to study in Fall, 2021
  • Industry Site visits
  • Interactive cultural activities (Ex. virtual cooking classes, music, drama)

Summer Session: July 5th - July 23rd, 2021

  • All Faculties and Dietetics (EXCEPT Engineering, Science and Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) - Undergraduate Only
  • Interactive cultural activities (Ex. virtual cooking classes, music, drama)

Program Eligibility

  • Enrolled as a McGill Undergraduate in Full-Time studies and returning in Fall, 2021 and Engineering Graduate Students returning in Fall, 2021
  • International students in satisfactory academic standing
  • Fill in the application form and answer to short-answer questions
  • Intermediate French Proficiency (A placement test will follow in late March or early April with instructions)
    • Preference for intermediate to advanced level

Deadline to Apply: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 5pm ET*

  • *Deadline for Graduate students in Engineering to apply: April 9th at 5pm ET
  • All applicants will receive a French placement test by early April.

Additional Resources

2020 Highlights

  • Faculty Participation: Engineering, Arts, Desautels and FAES
  • Number of Applicants: 41 (FAES); 28 (Desautels); Arts (162); Engineering (127). Total: 358
  • Students accepted into the program: 100

Student Feedback:

  • “My participation in the program has been a major influence for me. A desire to remain in Montreal after my graduation from McGill University influenced my decision to apply for the program and the significant improvement I made in my French at Chicoutimi has furthered my confidence in that decision.”
  • “French should be a necessary part of a McGill student’s curriculum given the location and history of the university. I understand how difficult that would be, so expanding and continuing to support this program would be the next best thing.”
  • “During the last week of our class, I began working at a restaurant in Montreal where it is essential to engage in basic conversational french. I believe that the class amplified and complimented my time working at a restaurant in Montreal very well.”
  • “I really appreciate the fact that I was able to attend this program for free. I don’t think I could do it if it weren’t funded.”

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