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 seniors who want to continue learning for the joy of it, and who wish to share their knowledge, ideas, experiences, and interests with others. No exams or grades to worry about, no age limits and the flexibility of online or in-class participation! The result is a rich and dynamic lifelong learning community.


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 lifelong learning center for seniors, 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 the study group program


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 the lecture program



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: $125 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, and Office 365 License, and IT assistance.
  • 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. Cummings Centre lectures are $12.



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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