INTD Program Advising

Effective Currently:

Program Advising will take place via EMAIL/ONLINE.

  • 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 Microsoft Teams Booking ISID.

  • 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: Microsoft Teams Booking ISID. 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.

  • Online appointments ONLY.

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

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

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 one of the following:

  • 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 Stream 3). The Advisor will then confirm via email whether the course can count towards your program requirements.
  • Schedule an appointment to see the ISID Advisor by calling 514-398-4804 (please bring to the appointment a copy of the course syllabus).
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