Pre-Departure Orientation

What is Pre-Departure Orientation?

Pre-Departure Orientation is a mandatory course offered online via MyCourses that covers practical information related to pre-departure preparations, your time abroad, and your return to McGill. 

Who is Pre-Departure For?

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, performances, athletic competitions, courses, and research.

* This excludes Nursing, Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (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 Offered?

Pre-Departure Orientation is offered on a monthly basis. We recommend completing Pre-Departure Orientation 3-6 months prior to departure for your international activity. Students will be granted access to the online course within approximately 2 working days of their registration *excluding statutory holidays. They will receive a notification e-mail from 'myCourses' once they are registered. 

Cycle Registration dates Course access


September 2023



Opens: September 1st at 10:00 AM

Closes: September 8th at 10:00 AM



Ends on: September 29th at 4:00 PM


October 2023

Opens: October 2nd at 10:00 AM

Closes: October 9th at 10:00 AM

Ends on: October 31st at 4:00 PM
November 2023

Opens: November 1st at 10:00 AM

Closes: November 8th at 10:00 AM

Ends on: November 30th at 4:00 PM
December 2023

Opens: December 1st at 10:00 AM

Closes: December 8th at 10:00 AM

Ends on: January 3rd, 2024 at 4:00 PM

*due to holiday schedule

*Registration cycle dates will be updated on a continuous basis, please check regularly.

IMPORTANT NOTE for Exchange Students: Please do not register using the online form. You will receive further instructions from McGill Abroad regarding Pre-Departure Orientation. 


For exceptions to the registration cycle, please e-mail the Safety Abroad Officer at safetyabroad [at] with your travel dates.

Obtaining your Certificate of Completion

Upon completing Pre-Departure Orientation, students must obtain 100% passing rate on the Final Quiz to receive the certificate of completion. A confirmation email will be automatically sent to all students upon receiving the award. The Certificate of Completion may be retrieved in MyCourses, by selecting "Awards" and then "My Awards". Please be advised that you can only download a copy of the Certificate of Completion for your records while you are enrolled in the course. At the end of the course access period, you will be unenrolled from the course and no longer able to download the certificate. 

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