INTD Program Advising

Effective Currently:

Program Advising will take place via email or online (Teams).

  • Majors in IDS, please keep in mind email advising will be much quicker. List concisely in an email your questions and a list of courses you have taken for IDS (FAQ 25) and then email lisa.stanischewski [at] (subject: IDS%20Questions) (Student Advisor). Or make an appointment here IDS Lisa Advising.

  • Minors in IDS, email kirsty.mckinnon [at] (IDS Student Affairs Advisor )with questions.

  • Honours and Jt Honours Students either email or make an appointment here: IDS Lisa Advising.

  • The online appointment is held through MS Teams (works on mobile, desktop, or through a browser). Before your appointment, be sure to have properly setup what is required to join the meeting.

  • Any questions - email ids [at] (IDS General Inquires )

NOTE:  Appointments can change due to last minute advisor availability. Always check your McGill email. 

In-Person appointments should be requested in advance to lisa.stanischewski [at] (Lisa.) Keeping in mind Lisa is able to see students in person Mon-Friday (most weeks) in the morning hours. Online advising is much quicker and more efficient. 

Procedure for applying a Transfer Credit course towards your IDS program requirements

I am interested in going on Exchange or Study away experience, how does that work as an IDS student?

  • You MUST read through the Study Away/Exchange Website.
  • Study Away and Exchanges ARE NOT run through the IDS Department, rather they are Faculty run. There is no point in meeting with the IDS Advisor until you have read through and gone to any necessary pre-information session offered by the Faculty OASIS Study Away Advising team.
  • Once ACCEPTED on an Exchange or Study Away, arrange a meeting with the Program Advisor to discuss TR credits. 

Is there ONE particular country/Uni you recommend for an exchange or study away?

  • No - NONE. I get asked this question a lot. No. As an interdisciplinary student your job when you do get accepted on the exchange or study away is to find IDS relevant themed courses at the host institution. These can take the form under any discipline (ex. ANTH, ECON, POLI etc.) Unless you have found a University that offers a Development Studies program, in which case those courses can be reviewed and assessed as INTD courses. The entire TR credit process MUST be read through THOUROUGHLY before meeting with the IDS Advisor. 

Steps: Ensure you have read through the following websites thoroughly:

Once your Transfer Credit course has been approved on the McGill Course Equivalency System, please do the following in order to validate it for your IDS program. 

  • Email the lisa.stanischewski [at] (ISID Advisor) with the syllabus of the course, the course equivalency given on the system (ex. POLI 3XX), the program you are pursuing (ex. IDS Major) and where you want this course to count in your program (ie. Thematic section).
  • The Advisor will then confirm via email whether the course can count towards your program requirements.
  • Equivalencies that have been given on the database as EXACT courses codes that exist at McGill and are already part of our IDS program do not need to be validated by the Advisor. Ex. the student is going to Yonsei University and wants to take the course Korean Society and Cultural Representations - which was given an EAST 213 Assessment - this class already exists as an approved IDS Thematic class - EAST Asian studies has approved its equivalence to an exact one at McGill, and because it exists in our IDS program, it doesn't need validation from the IDS advisor.
  • 2XX, 3XX, or 4XX classes that have been given this classification on the McGill Course Equivalency System - MUST be validated for IDS approval. This means the IDS Advisor checks the syllabus to see the relevance to the IDS program. This approval will be granted via email exchange with the student. 
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