Pre-Departure Orientation

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 are offered entirely online via MyCourses! 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?

The March registration cycle is now CLOSED. The next cycle will begin on April 1, 2023.

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. 


Pre-departure Orientation is offered on a monthly basis. We recommend completing Pre-departure 3-6 months prior to departure for your international activity. Students have 7 days to register and will be granted access to the online course within 1 to 2 working days. A notification e-mail will be sent to students and the online training will be available on MyCourses until the given deadline. Students are given the remainder of the month to complete the course.

Please see the important dates* below

Cycle Registration dates Course access
March 2023

Opens: March 1st at 10:00 AM

Closes: March 8th at 4:00 PM

Ends on: March 31st at 4:00 PM
April 2023

Opens: April 1st at 10:00 AM

Closes: April 7th at 4:00 PM

Ends on: April 30th at 4:00 PM
May 2023

Opens: May 1st at 10:00 AM

Closes: May 8th at 4:00 PM

Ends on: May 31st at 4:00 PM
June 2023

Opens: June 1st at 10:00 AM

Closes: June 8th at 4:00 PM

Ends on: June 30th at 4:00 PM

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

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Should you require access to Pre-departure Orientation outside of the dates stated above, please e-mail safetyabroad [at] (McGill Abroad - Safety Abroad) 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 and it 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, as listed above, you will be unenrolled from the course and no longer able to download the certificate. For questions related to the Certificate of Completion and course access, please contact safetyabroad [at] (McGill Abroad - Safety Abroad).

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