Undergraduate Mobility Award

Graduate students please refer to the Graduate Mobility Award website

The purpose of the Mobility Award is to encourage students to study abroad as part of their McGill degree program by defraying part of the cost of the study abroad experience. The award is available to all undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program at McGill (Quebec, Canadian and International) who have been nominated by McGill to participate in eligible study abroad programs outside Quebec. The Mobility Award enacts the Quebec government’s “Programme de bourses pour de courts séjours d’études universitaires” (PBCSE), wherein Quebec-based institutions are free to adopt their own criteria for how the award is to be allocated and disbursed. Consequently, the Mobility Award remains the sole opportunity available to McGill students via the PBCSE process.

The Mobility Award has 2 components:

  • the Basic Mobility Award is offered to all McGill students accepted into certain eligible study abroad programs, and
  • the Mobility Financial Aid Supplement is available by application to McGill students with financial need who have been accepted into eligible study abroad.

Each component has its own conditions and deadlines, so please read the information below carefully. If you have any questions about the Basic Mobility Award, please contact Service Point. If you have any questions about the Mobility Award Supplement please contact the Scholarships and Student Aid Office.

1. Terms And Conditions

To qualify and remain eligible for the Undergraduate Mobility Award, you must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in a degree program at McGill
  • Participate in an eligible activity over the minimum of 2 months (61 days) **
  • Have completed the required minimum number of McGill credits prior to departure:
    • Undergraduate students must have completed 24 McGill credits
  • Receive a minimum of six transfer credits, and at least 3 transfer credits per month abroad, towards your degree program requirements at McGill for the eligible activity. (the minimum required number of credits must be transferred within 4 months after the completion of your activity) **

** see table below for specific information per eligible activity


-> If you do not meet or maintain these eligibility requirements, you will be required to repay this award and the amount of the award will be billed to your student fee account.

-> Awards received may impact the level of government aid to which you are entitled.


2. Basic Mobility Award

Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019

Eligible Study Abroad Activity

Award amount

Minimum duration of study abroad experience

Minimum # credits transferred back to McGill

Eligible to apply for Mobility Supplement?

Exchange semester abroad


61 days

6 credits *


Africa Field Studies (mcgill.ca/africa/)



9 credits


Arctic Field Studies Program (mcgill.ca/arctic/) $3,000 n/a 12 credits N

Barbados Field Studies (mcgill.ca/bfss/)



9 credits


Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (mcgill.ca/bits/)



9 credits


Panama Field Study Semester (mcgill.ca/pfss/)



9 credits


* Students participating in an exchange program are required to enroll at the host institution on a full-time basis and will be billed for tuition accordingly at McGill (equivalent to 15 cr.).


3. The Application Process

If you are applying to go on Exchange:

There is no separate application for the Basic Mobility Award, however, when you are completing an application for an Exchange in Minerva, you must select to either accept or decline the award and its terms and conditions.

If you will be participating in a Field Study Semester :

Once your participation in the study abroad activity has been approved, coordinators of the program will send the list of confirmed participants to Service Point by the following deadlines:

  • Summer or Fall term activities: April 15th
  • Winter term activity: September 15th

At the beginning of the month after the deadlines above you will receive an email asking if you wish to accept the award and agree to the terms and conditions.

How and when will I receive my Mobility Award?

The funds will be deposited to your student fee account as per the table below. Please note that it is not possible to obtain the funds earlier due to tax implications.

    Eligible International Activity

    Term(s) abroad (as per your advising transcript)

    Fall Term

    Winter Term

    Summer term

    Fall and Winter (full year)

    Student Exchange/Field Studies

    August 1

    January 1

    ~ May 1

    Fall portion - August 1
    Winter portion - January 1

    Declining the Award

    If you choose to decline the award, additional funds will be made available to support exchange or study abroad students with demonstrated financial need, according to the conditions established by the McGill Scholarships and Student Aid Office.

    4. Mobility Financial Aid Supplement

    Students with demonstrated financial need according to the conditions established by the Scholarships and Student Aid Office and who have been approved for an eligible study abroad activity may apply for the Mobility Financial Aid Supplement.


    The value of the need-based Mobility Financial Aid Supplement will be determined by the Scholarships and Student Aid Office upon review of your application. Applicants may qualify for up to $4,000 per semester (combination of base award and financial aid supplement).

    The amount of the award to be received by eligible students is contingent upon:

    • Acceptance of the Basic Mobility Award, where applicable
    • Applying for the Supplement by completing the Minerva Aid Application within the deadlines published by the Scholarships and Student Aid Office.
    • Demonstrated financial need, according to the conditions established by the McGill Scholarships and Student Aid Office.  As a general rule, students must apply and be receiving the maximum government aid for which they are eligible.
    • Number of approved applications and mobility funds available;
    • Destination of the study abroad program;
    • Duration of the study abroad program (minimum two months
      (61 days) per term, up to a maximum of four months (122 days) per term);
    • Number of transfer credits received; minimum 6 per term;


    Visit the Scholarships and Student Aid Office website for deadlines and application instructions.