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]

Postdoctoral Pre-Departure Checklist

Audience: Postdoctoral researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and postdoctoral scholars who are travelling internationally for university-related activities. Definitions of Postdoctoral Researchers, Fellows, and Scholars can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Visit the following link to view and complete the Postdoctoral Pre-Departure Checklist


When is Pre-Departure Orientation Offered?

IMPORTANT NOTE for Exchange Students Only: Please do not register using the online form. Students will be automatically registered to Pre-Departure the first week of March for Fall nominated exchanges and the first week of October for Winter nominated exchanges. 

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


May 2024



Opens: May 1st 10:00 AM

Closes: May 8th at 10:00 AM



Ends on: May 31st, 2024 at 4:00 PM



June 2024

Opens: June 3rd 10:00 AM

Closes: June 10th at 10:00 AM

Ends on: June 28th, 2024 at 4:00 PM

July 2024

Opens: July 1st 10:00 AM

Closes: July 8th at 10:00 AM

Ends on: July 31st, 2024 at 4:00 PM

August 2024

Opens: August 1st 10:00 AM

Closes: August 8th at 10:00 AM

Ends on: August 30th, 2024 at 4:00 PM


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


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 and learning checkpoints 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. The certificate is valid for 1 calendar year from the date of issue.

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