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Orientation for New International Students


Fall 2022

Events Schedule: More events and details are being updated

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 2022. For campus-wide orientation, please visit the Campus-Life and Engagement website!


Hang out in the Meet & Greet Lounge! 

When: Friday, August 19 and Friday August 26th 11am - 3pm
Where: Brown Building (3600 Rue McTavish), Room 5001
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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
  • Meet with the Legal Information Clinic at McGill
  • Stay for as little - or as long - as you'd like...

No registration required. Drop in when you want!

ISS Orientation Info Session 

When: Friday August 26th 3pm - 4pm Orientation Icon
Where: Brown Building (3600 Rue McTavish), Room 5001

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.

No registration required.

Attend the Coping with Culture Shock Session Downtown Campus

When: Wednesday, August 24th 10:30am - 11:30am 
Where: Leacock 219

Adapting to cultural differences may require time and effort, even though most Canadians are friendly and welcoming to newcomers and international students. During their first few months in Canada, many overseas students experience some untold culture shocks in Canada.

In this presentation, our panelists will discuss their biggest cultural shocks in Canada, which you may also experience while studying here. This event is a safe space to connect with others in the community.

Registration closed

Attend the Know Your Rights as an International Student Session

When: Monday, August 29th 5pm - 6pm
Where: Virtual (through Zoom)

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.

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In collaboration with LICM (logo)

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 closed

Bitesize: Sink your teeth into your new city! Bitesize

Right after the Orientation week,  we will lead a small group of 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.

Please check the registrations closer to the date of the tours as new spots may open up at the last moment. 

Tour name Date Time Registration
Mont-Royal and Beaver Lake (POSTPONED) Monday, September 5, 2022 (NEW  DATE) 5 - 8pm Registration closed
Old Port and China Town Friday, September 2, 2022 5 - 8pm  Registration closed
Battle of the Bagels Saturday, September 3, 2022 1 - 4pm  Registration closed
Montreal Chocolate tour Sunday, September 4, 2022 1 - 4pm Registration closed

Celebrate your arrival with the Montreal diplomatic community! ISS Welcome Reception

McGill International Student Services staff cordially invites NEW International Students to a hallowed McGill tradition: its 34th 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.

2pm: Undergraduate Student Meet & Greet
3pm: Graduate Student Meet & Greet
4pm: Buddy and First Friend Meet & Greet
5pm: Meet your diplomat and Welcome Reception

Thursday, September 22
Registration by invitation (September)

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 on the Service Canada website.

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