Register for courses

Congratulations, you’ve been accepted to complete an exchange at McGill!

After the admission offer has been extended and accepted by the student, students can then register for courses in Minerva.

For the academic year: 2023-2024, you may register as of:

  • Fall 2023 (and full year): Friday, June 2, 2023
  • Winter 2024: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Students can continue to make changes to their registration up until the add/drop deadline of each semester (also known as the course change deadline). The add/drop dates for each semester are found on the important dates website

Additional information about add/drop is found on the registration website.


Course information


A full-time course load at McGill is 12-15 credits per term. Most undergraduate level courses are worth 3 credits each. Exchange students are not permitted to take more than 15 credits per term.

To find courses offered at McGill, you can search McGill's course calendar. The eCalendar includes a full description of courses offered by McGill and university regulations which will govern your stay at McGill. While researching courses you plan to take, note any pre-requisites or other course restrictions which may apply to them.

Most courses have limited enrolment, and course access and registration to any given course is not guaranteed, but is subject to availability, and may be subject to the approval of a McGill adviser. It is understood that limited enrolment, normal timetabling and scheduling constraints apply to all students, including exchange students.

Exchange students are permitted to take up to 1 course outside their admitted faculty if space permits and there are no restrictions. This course can be from the School of Continuing Studies, however you should verify with your home university whether you will receive credit for this course.

The following courses, among others, are NOT open to exchange students:

  • courses offered at McGill University by some professional faculties that are restricted to degree candidates in their programs;
  • research project courses and thesis courses;
  • graduate-level courses (if admitted to McGill as an undergraduate Faculty of Arts exchange student);
  • special topics courses.

The courses listed on your exchange application only serves as a guide when evaluating your application for admission and does not guarantee enrollment into any course.  

Note: course outlines are provided by the individual instructors, and are not to be disseminated or made available to students prior to the first scheduled lecture.


How to register for courses


Details on how to register for courses in Minerva are found on the Registering for courses website.

This website contains detailed information about the registration process at McGill, including:

  • Information on how to access registration in Minerva
  • A how-to video that walks you through the course registration process
  • Details on waitlists
  • Explanations of error messages


Note: Some faculties require manual registration, refer to their websites for further information:


Need further assistance with registration? Contact your faculty. Faculty information for your exchange is found under Step 4.


Please note that successful completion of courses does not guarantee entrance into a future degree program at McGill.

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