Pre-Departure Orientation

Thanks for making Spring Predeparture such a great event!  We'll be back in the Fall with another session for students going abroad in Winter 2020.  Check back in September for the date.


What is Pre-Departure Orientation?

McGill Abroad’s most popular event! All McGill students who are heading off to globalize their education come together to learn, prepare and meet fellow world-travelers. Attendance is mandatory and beneficial! You’ll learn about vital university requirements, government travel advisories, health questions, insurance, budgets, travel documents and more. Pre-Departure includes regional sessions where you’ll meet McGill Abroad Hosts and Alumns, students who have already travelled to your destination and are eager to share their best tips on how to make the most of your time abroad!

Who must attend Pre-Departure Orientation?

  • All students who are traveling outside Canada for University-related activities, such as exchanges, internships, independent study-away, field study semesters and courses, and research. 
  • If you have previously attended a Pre-Departure Orientation session but are travelling to a different region, you may be required to attend the regional session only. Please email mcgillabroad [at] (subject: Already%20attended%20pre-depature%20)  for further information.
  • If you are a graduate student traveling outside Canada you must attend Pre-departure unless, you are going to an international conference or formally organized workshop. You must still complete the Travel Registry form on Minerva.

Attention Nursing, PT, OT, and MDCM students: Online pre-departure training for Nursing, PT, OT, and MDCM students is coordinated by McGill Global Health Programs (GPH) office in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and the Faculty of Medicine. Please check here for full details on the process. Nursing, PT, OT, and MDCM students do not need to attend the McGill Abroad Pre-Departure Session. All questions should be directed to [at]

What topics are covered?

  • University requirements
  • Government-issued advisories and how they affect your plans
  • Healthy travel
  • Insurance, budgets, and travel documents
  • Reflection

In preparation for going abroad, you can download and fill out this travel and safety checklist. It includes all essential information regarding University requirements, money, passports and visas, health, insurance and emergency planning. 

NOTE: All students travelling outside Canada for University-related activities are required to complete the Travel Registry form on Minerva

When is Pre-Departure Orientation?

  • For Summer, Fall or year-long travel, Pre-departure is held in the early spring
  • For Winter travel, Pre-departure is held in the Fall