Get ready to arrive!

You’re on the way to McGill! Make sure that you are prepared to takeoff on your exchange by completing the following key actions to ensure a successful, rewarding, and safe experience!

Certain faculties have their own website welcoming incoming exchange students, check yours out!



Engineering and Architecture






On-campus housing: while priority is given to first-year McGill-degree students, some places may be available for exchange students.

Fall session or full-year: Indicate “Yes” under “Residence Accommodation” section in the online application.

Winter session: student must verify available space by emailing housing.residences [at]

Off-campus housing: Visit the Off-campus housing website.



Incoming students on formal exchanges are exempt from regular tuition charges and compulsory per term charges. They are, however, required to pay and enroll in the McGill International Health Insurance plan and pay for any additional course charges that are compulsory upon registration. Such additional course charges may represent program fees, special activity charges, course materials or fees for non-credit courses. Students will also incur Campus Printing charges (if they use the service), which are charged to the fee account on a monthly basis and represent pay for use of printers on campus. Information on McGill’s e-billing and how to pay is available on the Student Accounts website.


International Health Insurance (compulsory)

Find out about the International Health Insurance plan on the International Students Services website.

Students are charged for the health insurance once they register for courses, however they are charged for the full year amount. In order to adjust the fee to the actual duration of the exchange, students must confirm their coverage in Minerva, starting August 1st (Fall start) or December 1st (Winter start).

Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for an exemption. The list of exemption categories can be found under Eligibility for Exemption on the site indicated above. Please note that, students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the McGill plan.


Immigration Requirements

  • Year-long (2 terms): you must obtain a Certificate of Acceptance from Immigration Quebec and a Study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • One term only: you must have a valid passport. Students from certain countries must obtain a Temporary resident visa

Consult the International Student Services website for complete details.


Orientation Events

Orientation for new students is to help prepare for McGill’s academic and social life and provide information about the University and its services, living in Montreal, registration and program orientation.

  • Fall term or year-long: the last week of August.
  • Winter term only: first week of January

Orientation for new international students is available here.

Event dates and details are found on the Campus Life and Engagement website.

Orientation for new students is available here


Transcript of your grades

McGill transcripts shows only letter grades (not numeric grades). View a description of the grading system (this information also appears on the reverse side of an official transcript).

Once you have completed your exchange, please remember to order your official transcript to be sent to your home university. NOTE: Prior to ordering, log into Minerva to view that all your grades have been made available (Student Records Menu->View Unofficial Transcript). If you have a hold on your account, you must clear it in order to be able to order an official transcript.

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