Studying away from McGill

There are ways a student can gain credits outside of McGill during their studies:

Independent Study Away

An independent study away is when a McGill student applies, registers, takes courses and pays tuition to an accredited degree granting institution and receives an official transcript of these studies from the same undergraduate degree granting school. Students must be registered at the host school as a “visiting, non-degree student” and take courses that are part of the host university’s undergraduate curriculum, taught by their faculty members. Host universities normally require a letter of permission. Students must apply on Minerva for a Study Away. Once approved, a letter will be generated and students will be able to print the needed letter and the study away term will appear on the McGill Transcript for the specified term.

In order to qualify for Independent Study Away, students must:

  • Have a minimum CGPA of 2.7 or greater

  • Have not already received the maximum number of transfer credits

  • Complete the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment form
    At the end of your Minerva Study Away application, you will find a link to the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment Form.

  • Once your Minerva Study Away application is ready for final review, inform the Faculty Advisor, Mona Hachem at mona.hachem [at] mcgill.ca

Exchange

An exchange means studying for one or two semesters at one of McGill’s official partner universities and transferring those credits towards a McGill program and paying tuition to McGill. Bilateral student exchange agreements exist between McGill University and one other institution, which has been reviewed and approved by McGill. The number of exchange spaces available at the host institution are limited, and vary from year to year. Students must apply on Minerva for an Exchange. McGill students nominated to participate on an exchange term abroad are charged McGill tuition for that term (equivalent to 15 McGill credits). The Exchange term will appear on the McGill Transcript for the specified term.

In order to qualify for exchange, students must:

  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or greater
  • Have not already received the maximum number of transfer credits
  • Require the credits to fulfill requirements at McGill
  • Be currently registered as a full-time, degree-seeking McGill student
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time study by the start of your term abroad
  • Complete the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment form
  • For more information, please click here: https://www.mcgill.ca/mcgillabroad/students-going-abroad/plan-and-prepare

IUT

The Québec Inter-University Transfer Agreement (IUT) allows students to take one course or a full course load at another university in the province of Québec. During the term of the IUT, students will pay McGill tuition. McGill students wanting to take courses at another Quebec university MUST apply to the CREPUQ online application. Grades are sent to us automatically and electronically once they are available. The IUT term will appear on the McGill Transcript for the specified term.

For more information, visit the IUT home page.

J'Explore Program

The Explore Program is a Five-Week French-Language Bursary Program offered by the Government of Canada. Students that successfully complete the program may be eligible to receive transfer credit on their McGill transcript. Please note that not all courses offered through this program are for credit. It is important to read the Explore Website to ensure that the host university they select grants university-level credits for their courses. If the program is not affiliated with a recognized university, credits cannot be granted. Students should follow these steps:

  1. Consult the Explore program website to determine the course they wish to take.

  2. Apply on the Quebec government website

  3. Wait to receive your acceptance to the J’Explore bursary program.

  4. Apply for Study Away and Transfer Credit Assessment Form indicating the J’Explore program.

  5. Once the Minerva Study Away application is ready for final review, inform the Faculty Advisor, Mona Hachem at mona.hachem [at] mcgill.ca