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Students should first be officially nominated by their home institution before submitting the online application to McGill University. Nomination to the exchange program is not a guarantee of acceptance by McGill - minimum admission standards will apply.

Application Timeline

Reference McGill’s Key Academic Dates web page to plan for the academic year.

Undergraduate studies

Nomination Deadlines:

  • Fall or full year – March 15
  • Winter – September 15

Application periods:

  • Fall start: February 1 to April 1
  • Winter (Spring) start: August 1 to October 1
  • Note: the Faculty of Law only has one deadline of May 1 for any term

Decisions on applications to undergraduate studies occur on a rolling basis, and all applications should have a decision within one month of the posted deadlines.

Graduate studies

Please refer to the deadlines by program on the Future Graduate Students Programs page.

Important note:

The Covid-19 pandemic has created countless health and safety concerns for higher-education institutions and their local governments. Consequently, McGill has cancelled the past three semesters of exchanges in accordance with the Canadian Government’s Level 3 travel advisory, indicating that all non-essential travel outside of Canada should be avoided until further notice. While we hope that the public health landscape and vaccination rollout here in Quebec and abroad will allow us to safely resume international exchanges for the Winter 2022 term, conditions vary widely across the world, from country to country. As such, exchanges may be cancelled by McGill and/or its partners at any time. It is therefore recommended to plan serious financial commitments accordingly and carefully review all cancellation policies (e.g., travel, accommodation, insurance, etc.)

Proof of English Language Proficiency

The proof of English language proficiency is required only if the student's home university’s primary language of instruction is not English.

Undergraduate Studies

A letter signed by an academic official at the home university indicating proficiency in English will be required.

Note: If a letter can't be provided, then English language test scores must be provided and must meet McGill’s minimum requirements listed on the English language proficiency page on the Applying to Undergraduate Studies website.

Graduate Studies

For minimum requirements, refer to the English language proficiency page on the Future Graduate Students website.

Submitting your application

On the Program Choice Selection page:

  • Select the appropriate faculty
  • Select “Exchange” for both the Program and Major or Subject fields

Applying for a fall or full-year exchange are you’re interested in applying for on-campus housing? While priority is given to first-year McGill-degree students, some places may be available for exchange students. When completing your application, indicate “Yes” under the “Residence Accommodation” section in the online application.

  • After submitting the online application: a confirmation email will be sent
  • Upload the required supporting documents to the submitted online application - do not mail hard copies or email as attachments:
    (in Minerva for Undergraduate programs and your Grad Applicant Portal for Graduate programs)
    • Copy of recent transcript - include ALL pages (including the back of the page)
    • Copy of letter of nomination
    • If applicable, copy of the letter from an academic official confirming proof of English proficiency (graduate applicants - arrange for test scores to be sent directly to McGill
    • If applicable, mail or upload program-specific documents (example: Architecture portfolio)
  • Decision: Once a decision is rendered, students will be prompted to accept their offer of admission. The official decision letter will be generated and available for download and printing via Minerva for undergraduate programs or the Grad Applicant Portal for graduate programs. Note: hard copies are no longer mailed.
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You may be eligible to receive funding to participate in an exchange at McGill through Global Affairs Canada's International Scholarship Opportunities for Non-Canadians.

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