When going abroad you can expect to incur costs such as airline tickets, accommodations and other living expenses – but don’t let this stop you from gaining an international experience. Explore the opportunities listed below to learn more about available funding. Find the best fit for your global learning opportunity!

Explore available funding

Mobility Bursary for Exchanges

The University recognizes that the additional costs of going on an exchange (students pay tuition to McGill to attend a bi-lateral partner host institution) may be difficult for some students to assume on their own. Thanks to the Quebec government’s Programme de mobilité international et de courts séjours à l’extérieur du Québec (PMICSE), McGill is able to help defray these costs for students who otherwise could not afford to participate. This program is based on demonstrated financial need.

Mobility Bursary for Exchanges

McGill International Experience Awards

The McGill International Experience Awards (MIEA) were established in 2013 through a donation by Joseph Schull and Anna Yang. The MIEA include the Schull Yang International Experience Award and other awards supported by other donors and matched by Joseph Schull and Anna Yang.

The MIEA provide students with the opportunity to study abroad. Students are able to participate in academic activities that can range in length from one semester to a full academic year, including internships and field research trips, and courses abroad.

The MIEA benefit students in the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Law, and all other faculties through the Office of the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning). Each faculty administers its own awards; we encourage you to browse through the website and discover the different opportunities available.

McGill International Experience Awards

Enriched Educational Opportunities

For the purposes of this need-based bursary program, Enriched Educational Opportunities are high quality off-campus experiences that are officially recognized by your Faculty. EEO’s include field semesters, field courses, unpaid (or insufficiently paid) research or internship opportunities. They foster self-development and help students transition successfully to the workplace or graduate studies.

Enriched Educational Opportunities

Canada Learning Initiative in China

The Canada Learning Initiative in China (CLIC) connects Canadian university students with Chinese universities through unique study abroad programs. Participating in a CLIC program is a great way for Canadian students to have innovative and meaningful educational opportunities in China.

CLIC Funding

Killam Fellowships Program

The Killam Fellowships Program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate Canadian students to spend one semester or a full academic year studying at a university in the USA. Students may apply to either the direct exchange program or to the open competition, as they see fit.

  • Direct Exchange (undergraduate registered at McGill university, paying their home fees, and attending the host university as an exchange visitor).
  • Open Competition: self-placed visiting student (registering at the host university and paying host tuition fees).

Killam Fellowship Program

McCall MacBain International Fellowships

The McCall MacBain International Fellowships aim to enable globally-minded young Canadians to develop strong intercultural competencies and ties to different regions of the world, and to cultivate creativity, resilience, independence, critical thinking and the ability to “stretch” outside of their comfort zones. Fellows spend a year abroad divided into three terms: language, academic and work/internship.

McCall MacBain International Fellowship


Mitacs initiatives for students and postdoctoral fellows at Canadian universities to do research abroad

Globalink Research Award
12- to -24 week research project abroad
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows
Accelerate International
16- to 24-week research project with an international industry partner
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
RISE-Globalink Research Internship
10- to 12-week research project in Germany
Undergraduate students
Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program
10-week research project in Japan
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows


Other Funding Opportunities (by country):

Note to American students regarding federal student aid: While on official exchange from McGill you are considered to be a full-time McGill student for U.S. Direct Loan purposes.  Please be aware that regulations by the U.S. Department of Education states that you can receive U.S. Direct Loans only if attending a school that participates in the U.S. Direct Loan program, and the school is located outside of the U.S.  For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Student Aid website.


For more information about costs and funding, refer to the Scholarships and Student Aid Office and the CAPS Scholarships and Awards database.

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.
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