ISS is here for you.

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.

Orientation for New International Students

ISS OrientationFall 2021

Events Schedule: All programs are virtual except the Bitesize Tours

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

ISS Orientation events are open to New Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 McGill international undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students.




Pandemic Support

Pandemic Drop-In Support

Pandemic Drop-In Support 

Has your mental health been impacted by the pandemic? Are you struggling with grief, anxiety, isolation, and/or distress related to COVID-19? You’re not alone. This online support circle is an opportunity to come together and share what you’ve been going through. Open to all McGill students, regardless of current location. Students in quarantine are welcome. Participants are invited to attend any or all sessions.

Facilitator: Jos Porter

Schedule & Registration

Tuesday, August 3 10am-11am Online Register Here

Tuesday, August 10



Register Here
Tuesday, Agusut 17 10am-11am Online Register Here
Tuesday, August 24 10am-11am Online Register Here
Tuesday, August 31 10am-11am Online Register here



Know your Rights Webinar

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.

Schedule & Registration

Tuesday, August 31

12pm - 1pm


Register Here


ISS Orientation


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.

Schedule & Registration

Monday, August 30

5pm - 6pm ET


Register here

Friday, September 3

12pm - 1pm ET Online  Register here

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Academic Cultre in Canada

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.

Schedule and Registration


Monday, August 30 9am - 10am Online RegistrationComing
Tuesday, August 31 3:30pm - 4:30pm Online Registration Coming


Thursday, August 19 5pm - 6pm Online Registration Coming






Bitesize Montreal


Sink your teeth into your new city!

On Friday and Saturday evenings in September,  we will lead a small group Bitesize MTL excursions, which will give you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the flavor of an iconic Montreal neighbourhood, topped off by enjoying some quintessential local snacks in great company.

Masks and Sanitizer will be provided.

Schedule & Registration

Quarantine Edition (Includes an Uber Eats Gift Card) Saturday, August 21 5pm-6pm Online Register Here
Old Port and China Town Friday, September 3 5pm-8pm Roddick Dates Register Here
Battle of the Bagels Saturday, September 4 1pm-4pm Roddick Dates Register Here
Cheap Eats (Find a meal close to McGill under $6!) Friday, September 10 5pm-8pm Roddick Dates Register Here
Mont Royal and Ice Cream Saturday, September 11 1pm-3pm Roddick Dates Register Here
Plateau and Little Portugal Friday, September 17 5pm-8pm Roddick Dates Register Here
Montreal Chocolate Tour Saturday, September 18 1pm-4pm Roddick Dates Register Here




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.

Quarantine Resources


Quarantine Resources

For the latest regulations, resources and FAQs, please visit Student Services' Self Quarantine Resource page.

For those who will be in Quarantine, here is a fun list of things to do while in Quarantine.



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