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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.

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 Graduate 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 some 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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