Please visit our COVID-19 page for the latest news, resources, and FAQs.

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.

Orientation for New International Students


Winter Orientation for International Students: 2021

Events Schedule: All programs are virtual

To be in the know before you even begin the semester, make sure to participate in the virtual Orientation Webinars.

International Student Orientation events will be open to NEW McGill international undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students starting in January 2021.

Programs dates and times will continue to be updated.


Face masks

Quarantine FAQs

Quarantine Support

Sign up: Quarantine Listserv

What to do in Quarantine?

Quarantine FAQs and Support Group

Do you have questions about how and where to quarantine when you arrive in Canada? Check out the Quarantine FAQ guide before you make your travel plans to Canada.

Are you feeling isolated while under quarantine? Has your mental health been impacted by the confinement? This online support group is an opportunity to come together, share what you’ve been going through, and receive support. Open to all McGill students who have recently arrived in Canada and are under the 14 day mandatory quarantine order. Participants are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Please register 60 minutes prior to the start time of a session in order to receive the invitation to the online meeting.

Please note this is not an info-session about how to quarantine. For more information, please refer to the government guidelines.

Schedule & Registration




Tuesday, January 5 3:30pm - 4:30pm Registration Closed
Tuesday, January 12 3:30pm - 4:30pm Register Here
Tuesday, January 19 3:30pm - 4:30pm Register Here
Tuesday, January  26 3:30pm - 4:30pm Register Here


balloonsSaturday, Jan 9th at 6pm
(Registration Closed)

Saturday, Jan 16th at 6pm

Virtual Quarantine Party

Will you be arriving in Montreal after December 27th?

If so, you can register for ISS' first ever Virtual Quarantine Party.

  • Join other students in Quarantine for an evening of virtual games, networking, and dinner!
  • Free Uber Eats meal voucher ($20)
  • When: Saturday January 9th or January 16th at 6pm
  • Students who register will receive their Uber Eats voucher the day of the event

Registration FULL


Tuesday, Jan 5th at 10am

Wednesday, Jan 6 at 2pm

Attend an ISS Orientation Info Session (online)

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.

Registration Closed

Trivia Night

McGill Trivia Party

Monday, January 4 at 10am

Canada/McGill Trivia Party (online)

You can interact with ISS and other new students while testing your knowledge about Canada, Quebec, Montreal, McGill, campus, famous alumni, and its history!

Prizes to be won!

Registration Closed

Social Insurance Card

Service Canada:
Social Insurance Numbers

Get your Social Insurance Number!

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

Service Canada is operating virtually. If you need a Social Insurance Number, please apply here.



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