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TAKE NOTE: The content on this page is only relevant for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education (B.A.(Education), B.Ed. and B.Sc. Kin). Undergraduate students in other Faculties and graduate students should contact their Faculty for the appropriate information.

Request for University Withdrawal

University Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawing from all your courses in a Fall or Winter term constitutes a University withdrawal (Summer is an optional term). For questions or further information about the policy or process, please contact isa.education [at] mcgill.ca.

It is your responsibility to initiate the withdrawal process:

  • Non-attendance at classes does not constitute a University withdrawal; all courses must be dropped 
  • Informing your course instructors does not consitute a University withdrawal; all courses must be dropped

View the University's Regulations Concerning University Withdrawal


The procedure for University Withdrawal depends on the date of your request in relation to the University Withdrawal deadlines. You will select your situation on the form below and follow the instructions. At any time, you may contact ISA for an appointment or assistance with these options.

Impact on Student Fees

A Registration Cancellation Fee may be applied to your account, depending on when you withdraw from the University! Consult this important information from Student Accounts regarding University Withdrawals.

Your Record

  • If you withdraw from all your courses on Minerva BEFORE the deadline for University Withdrawal,  you will not have a record of study for this term and your student record will remain inactive.  Your McGill email account will become inactive after 30 days.
  • If you were granted a University Withdrawal after the deadline, your courses will be dropped by the ISA Office (if not already dropped) and your record will indicate "Withdrew from the University" and the date on which your withdrawal became effective. Your McGill email account will become inactive  after 30 days.
  • If you withdraw in the Fall term, you are considered withdrawn from the entire academic year and your Winter term is deleted.


Should you wish to return to McGill in the future, please see the Faculty of Education Readmission page.  Please note that students who withdrew from the University for personal health reasons will need to submit the Return to Study-Healthcare Provider Approval form.

Disclaimer regarding impact of course withdrawals

Note that withdrawing from one or more courses during the semester may – where applicable – affect your government financial aid and/or McGill work--study eligibility.  For international students, it may also impact your immigration status and/or permission to work in Canada. Please ensure that you are aware of any consequences related to this withdrawal request: consult with Scholarships & Student Aid Office, and/or International Student Services.




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