Regular Summer Office Hours from June 4th to August 17th:

Monday - Friday: 9am-4:30pm

Closed for Lunch: 12-1pm


Orientation for New International Students


Fall Orientation 2018

On-site Events Schedule

To be in the know before you even set foot on campus,
make sure to participate in the virtual Pre-Arrival Webinars.


International Student Orientation events are open to NEW McGill international undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students starting in September 2018.

August 27-30
Location: Brown 3001

No registration required

Hang out in the Meet & Greet Lounge!

At Meet & Greet you can:

  • Chill with other new international students
  • Enjoy free refreshments & snacks
  • Get advice and referrals from returning students
  • Find tips for navigating McGill and Montreal
  • Write a postcard to your family - and we'll mail it for you!
  • Stay for as little - or as long - as you'd like...

No registration required. Drop in when you want!

Family with adult children

Aug. 24, 25 & 26
Location: Downtown Campus, Lower Field

Send us your Parents!

ISS will have representatives at the McGill Parents' Tent, so send your parents on over to us with all their questions.
ISS’ Associate Director Anastasia Koutouzov will also give a special presentation: T.I.P. - Tips for International Parents, on Saturday, August 25 from 4pm (Location -TBC)

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Mac Campus Orientation: August 31st

Undergrads: 10am; Location: R2-045
Grads: 1pm, Location: R2-046

Calling all international students at Mac Campus! Attend an orientation session to learn more about immigration advising services and everything you need to know about your health insurance plan. The session will be followed by a Q&A period with McGill immigration advisors.

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Aug 26: Chinatown & Old Port - Register Here

Sept 3: Atwater Market & Lachine Canal - Register Here

Sept 8: Jean Talon Market & Little Italy - Register Here

Sept 9: Mile End & Tam Tams - Register Here

Location: Roddick Gates

Sink your teeth into your new city!

Each Bitesize MTL excursion will give you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the flavor of an iconic Montreal neighbourhood for a day, topped off by enjoying some quintessential local snacks in great company. 

Sign up for one or take a bite out of them all!

Follow ISS on Facebook to be informed once further details are announced!

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Aug. 27-30 from 3-4pm
Sept. 5
, 4-5pm, Sept. 6, 2-3pm or Sept. 7, 12-1pm
Location: Brown 3001

No registration required

Attend an Orientation Info Session

Join us for a short presentation customized specifically for you as an international student, followed by time for Q&A.

Learn about essential info about your status in Canada, Health Insurance, Montreal, and ISS services and activities.

Please note that these info-sessions are for Students only.

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Undergrad: Aug 29 at 9:30am
Location: Leacock 232
Grads: Aug 29 at 2:30
Location: Otto Maas 112

Learn about learning!

Attend this session on Academic Culture for International Students to deepen your understanding of academic culture in Canada (and specifically at McGill). Learn how to better understand and communicate with your new classmates, TAs, and professors.

Drawing on several models, we will address cultural differences - and similarities - and how they impact your actions and reactions both inside and outside the classroom.

Thursday, Sept. 20
Location: Tent on Lower Field

Celebrate your arrival with the Montreal diplomatic community!

McGill International Student Services staff cordially invites NEW International Students to a hallowed McGill tradition: its 33rd annual Welcome Reception for New International Students. 

This special event, in your honor, will provide you an opportunity to meet University officials, members of the Montreal Diplomatic Corps, and other new students. Registration by invitation in early September.

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Thursday, Sept. 27 
Location: New Residence Ballroom

Buddy Up!

If you have signed up for the International Buddy program, grab your Buddy and join us for a special Buddy event.

Food, games, prizes, mingling...Registration is free but required. Buddy program participants will receive an invitation when registration is open.


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Aug 28 from 10am-4pm
Aug 29, 30 from 9:30am -4pm
Sept 5, 6, 7 from 9:30am-4pm
Sept 11, 12, 13 from 9:30am - 4pm

Location: Office for Students with Disabilities, 3459 Rue McTavish, Redpath Library, Suite RS56

Get your Social Insurance Number!

You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada.

Service Canada will be on-site in order to issue Social Insurance Numbers to International Students. Please have your original study permit and passport on-hand