Pre-Departure Orientation

All McGill-related international outbound travel, continues to be prohibited, in accordance with the Government of Canada advisory. Pre-departure sessions will resume once the travel ban is lifted. 

What is Pre-Departure Orientation?

Pre-departure orientation covers practical information related to pre-departure preparations, your time abroad, and your return to McGill. The sessions, which were previously delivered in person, are now offered entirely online via MyCourse! This orientation remains mandatory for all students* who are traveling outside of Canada for University-related international activities, including exchanges, internships, co-ops, independent study-away, field study semesters and courses, and research.

* This excludes Nursing, PT, OT, and MDCM students: Online pre-departure training for Nursing, PT, OT, and MDCM students is coordinated by McGill Global Health Programs (GPH) office in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and the Faculty of Medicine. Please check here for more information. All questions should be directed to [at]

When is Pre-Departure Orientation?

As McGill University currently maintains an international travel ban, pre-departure remains closed until further notice. The registration dates for Cycle 1 will be announced once the ban is lifted.

Pre-departure orientation will be made available four times a year via MyCourse. For each cycle, registration will be open for 5 weeks and registered students will have 6 weeks to complete the online course. 

  • Cycle 1: TBD 

  • Cycle 2: December 2021 to February 2022

  • Cycle 3: March to May 2022

  • Cycle 4: June to August 2022 

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Should you require access to the Pre-departure orientation outside of the dates stated above, please e-mail mcgillabroad [at] (McGill Abroad) with your travel dates to further discuss.

What is covered?

While this course helps you prepare for your international activity, it must be paired with other activities such as research on the particularities of your destination/community and host institution and meeting with others who have traveled to your location. There are certain topics that we do not cover in Pre-Departure, as they are too specific to each student. Additional academic requirements specific to your program/international activity may apply, contact your Faculty Advisor or Supervisor for more information.

University requirements (e.g., the Minerva Travel Registry)
Transfer Credits
Course Equivalencies
Insurance, budgets, and travel tips 
Visa requirements 
Government-issued advisories and how they affect your plans
Valuable resources to assist with planning for your international trip
Inclusive personal safety tips and resources
Tips on healthy, conscious + sustainable travel
Information on staying connected while abroad (e.g., McGill Abroad Ambassador program) 


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