International residents with an undergraduate degree

Category Code: MD-INTL

Please consult the pdf: PDF icon md-intl_202209_english.pdf

Eligibility (Summary)

An applicant is eligible to apply as a member of this category if he or she (a) requires a permit to study in Canada (not as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident), (b) will have, before July 31 of the entering year, an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree for admission as per the Degree requirements(c) has written the 2015 MCAT with results available before the submission deadline (see 'Key dates' below) if the university degree was completed outside of Canada and, (d) adheres to all other general and educational requirements.

International applicants selected for admission must have a student authorization by the date of registration. Instructions to apply for a student authorization are available with the offer of admission. Applicants for this authorization must be able to prove to the Canadian Department of Immigration that they have adequate funds to complete the entire undergraduate medical program.

A medical degree does not necessarily confer the right to practice. It is the personal responsibility of the international (non-US) students to ensure that all the licensing requirements of the country in which they intend to practice medicine are fulfilled. International students must submit, upon acceptance, an official statement, or verifiable text (e.g. a web link), issued by the responsible authorities in their country indicating that its recognition of the medical degree awarded by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University and that this degree will enable the holder of the degree to practice medicine in their country. Please contact the Admissions Office for more details.

As of the Fall 2015 admission cycle, international applicants who completed a bachelor's degree in Canada are not required to submit an MCAT score in support of their application, and will not be invited to submit them optionally.

International applicants may apply to the M.D.,C.M., or M.D.,C.M. & Ph.D. program. Because all three programs have M.D.,C.M. as their foundation, applicants need only submit one application to their preferred program.  There is no quota for combined-program applications.

Key dates

The following dates are for the Fall 2022 entry and are subject to change without notice. There is no winter or summer intake.

  • Applications open: September 1, 2021
  • Application deadline:  November 1, 2021
  • Submission deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Target date for sending preliminary selections: December 15, 2021
  • Interview dates: February 15 to 18, 2022

Key numbers and statistics

The following is presented simply for reference. It does not offer any predictive validity.

  • Anticipated number of seats available for Fall 2022: Up to 2 seats
  • Average number of applicants: 100
  • Average number of interviewed candidates: 8
  • Average GPA of interviewed candidates: 3.94

Special notes

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has assigned unique ID numbers to each institution. McGill University’s CIC unique identifier is O19359011033.  International students must include this number on their applications when applying for a Canadian Study Permit.
  • The Minister of Health and Social Services of Quebec requires Canadians from other provinces or territories and foreign nationals holding a study permit who wish to register for medical school in Quebec  to sign a contract in order to register in a medical  training program in Quebec. If you are granted an offer of admission, your registration will be conditional upon your agreeing to the terms of the contract, which stipulates that if you choose to stay in Quebec to practice there is a return-of-service clause or a fine.
  • Applicants should have a degree grade point average (DegGPA) of 3.5 or greater to be considered competitive.   DegGPAs below 3.2 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.  Priority is given to those with higher DegGPAs.
  • Applicants from the United Kingdom education system must have obtained A-Levels and a 3-year Bachelor's degree in order to apply.
  • Applicants from the French education system should have a baccalauréat français followed by a Dipôme de 1er cycle (Licence) in order to apply.
  • Interviews are by invitation only.  Selected candidates will be notified of their interview date by e-mail.  In-person attendance is compulsory and there is no option to reschedule.  Candidates for the joint program MD-PhD may be called to additional interviews (not necessarily on the same date). Interview dates presented are shared with Out-of-Province and In-Province (University-Level) candidates.
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