Due to COVID-19, all ISS services are now remote until further notice. 

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


COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services
All ISS services are now remote until further notice. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for the latest news, resources, and FAQs from ISS. For further assistance on immigration-related matters, please contact us through our Advising Request Form. If you have questions on your international health insurance plan, please email international.health [at] mcgill.ca.


Orientation for New International Students

 ISS Orientation 

Summer 2020

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

Tuesdays: August 11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Online Meetings


Students can register via MyInvolvement or the Wellness Hub programming page.


Know your Rights Webinar
Fri, Aug 28, 10:30am - 11:30am

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.

Register Here


Mon, Aug 31: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tues, Sept 1: 10am - 11am

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.

Register Here

Large Class

Mon, Aug 31:
9am - 10am
Tues, Sept 1: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Wed, Aug 19: 
1pm - 2pm
Wed, Aug 26: 5pm - 6pm

Part of First Year Success Series

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 soon.

Trivia Night

McGill Trivia Party

Thurs, Sept 3: 6pm - 7pm

Canada/McGill Trivia Party (online)

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

Prizes to be won!

Register Here

Scavenger Hunt

Montreal Scavenger Hunt 

Mon, Sept 7: 5pm - 6pm

Montreal Scavenger Hunt (online)

Discover Montreal's neighbourhoods and their iconic food scenes. You can interact with ISS and other new students while testing your knowledge about Montreal.

Prizes to be won!

Register Here

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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