About MCLL

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The MCLL Difference

Peer learning and active participation are two cornerstones of the curriculum of the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL). These principles differentiate its programs from traditional university courses and classes. The form of participation varies according to the subject matter and the approach chosen by the moderator. The level of involvement can range from questions and discussion to advance preparation/research and presentations to the class. MCLL is for people who want to continue learning for the joy of it, and who wish to share their knowledge, ideas, experience and interests with others. No exams or grades to worry about, and no age limits! The result is a rich and dynamic learning environment.


About MCLL

MCLL was founded in 1989 and is patterned on a model developed at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As part of the McGill School of Continuing Studies, MCLL is a non-profit organization, led by volunteers and managed by a council elected from among its members.

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How it works:

There are four terms to a year:

  • The Fall, Winter and Spring terms each consist of 10 weeks and offer a complete program including study groups, lectures, workshops, outings and social activities.
  • The Summer term, Wonderful Wednesdays, is a lighter program of lectures, outings, and workshops presented on Wednesdays only.

Study groups and lectures are usually given in English.


Study Groups

While most study groups run for 10 weeks, some have a shorter duration, with the minimum duration being 5 weeks. Study groups are offered Monday to Thursday at the following times:

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Types of Study Groups

MCLL Study Group Attendance Options

See all currently available Study Groups


MCLL Lectures

MCLL lectures and single-session workshops are presented on Fridays at 10 a.m.-noon or 1:00-3:00 p.m. for the fall, winter, and spring terms. In the summer term, they are presented on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.-noon or 1:00-3:00 p.m.

See all currently available Lectures


Brainy-Bar Workshops

Free computer coaching is available to MCLL members through Brainy Bar workshops where intermediate to advanced English learners from the School of Continuing Studies Intensive English Language and Culture (IELC) program volunteer to provide MCLL members one-on-one computer assistance in a computer lab on the 12th floor. The Brainy Bar is patterned after Apple’s Genius Bar. A wide range of digital and technological needs are explored during the workshops. Both beginners and experienced users are encouraged to participate in IELC Brainy Bar sessions.

MCLL members can use lab PCs; they can also use their own portable devices, provided they have activated their Wi-Fi connection ahead of time. A McGill username and password is necessary to connect to the Wi-Fi; these can be obtained by setting up a McGill email account on Minerva.



MCLL members go on occasional outings to various locations in and around the City of Montréal are held on a Friday or Saturday in the fall, winter and spring, and on Wednesdays in the summer. Virtual outings are offered during 'Covid’ times through our lecture program.



Study Groups: $120 per term which entitles you to the following:

  • Full MCLL membership and all membership benefits for the duration of the 10-week term, including access to McGill libraries, IT assistance, and Brainy Bar workshops.
  • Access to two 10-week study groups OR access to one 10-week and two 5-week study groups


Lectures, workshops, and outings: $10 per activity and does not require or include an MCLL membership. These can be taken in addition to study groups or independently.



MCLL premises are located on the 2nd floor at 680 Sherbrooke St. West. The office, room 229, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Elevators are available to members who use wheelchairs, walkers, or have other mobility problems.


Registration and Payment

All registrations should be done online with payment by credit card online. Volunteers will be available to help those with difficulties registering online during the first week of registration.

A small number of registrations will be accepted in-person with payment by cheque. This is not encouraged, and there is no guarantee as to when these registrations can be processed.

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