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

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: MAY 2021:
1. Newly admitted international students should apply before MAY 15th to ensure they will receive their Study Permit on-time for the start of the Fall semester.
2. 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).
3. 14-day quarantine is still required from ALL travellers entering Canada (even if vaccinated). For travellers arriving by air, the first three days of the quarantine must be done in a hotel designated by IRCC.

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

Orientation for New International Students

 ISS Orientation 

Fall 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 Pre-Arrival Webinars.

International Student Orientation events are open to NEW McGill international undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students starting in August 2020.


Face masks

Quarantine FAQs

Quarantine Support

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.

Facilitator: Jos Porter

Schedule & Registration

Dates TBD

Times TBD.

Online Meetings

Registration Coming


Know your Rights Webinar
Dates and Times: TBD

Know Your Rights as an International Student (Online)

The Legal Information Clinic at McGill (LICM) will introduce you to their three branches and the free services they offer: legal information, student advocacy and community services. In this webinar, you will also gain information on relevant aspects of tenancy and employment law in Quebec to prepare you in the event you ever wish to rent or work in Montreal. You will also learn about your rights as students, specifically those rights that relate to grievances and plagiarism.

Registration Coming


Dates and Times: TBD

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 Coming

Large Class

Dates and Times: TBD

Dates and Times: TBD

Learn about Learning! (online)

Whoa, meta.

Attend a session on Academic Culture for International Students to deepen your understanding of academic culture in North America (and specifically at McGill) before classes even start.  We'll address cultural differences - and similarities - and how they impact your actions (and reactions) both inside and outside the classroom.

Registration coming

Trivia Night

McGill Trivia Party

Dates and Times: TBD

Canada/McGill Trivia Party (online)

Test your knowledge about Canada, Montreal, McGill, campus, famous alumni, and its history.

Prizes to be won!

Registration Coming

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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