Non-Degree and Visiting Student Admissions


Visiting students

Visiting students are individuals who wish to take courses at McGill for credit at another university. You must:

  • Have completed prerequisites for the course(s) concerned.
  • Obtain official permission from you home university.

Students who wish to pursue lessons and participate in ensembles must submit a recorded audition.

Exchange students

If your home university (where you must be registered in a music program) has a direct exchange agreement with McGill University, then you are eligible to apply as an exchange student.

In order to audition for ensembles (which generally takes place at the beginning September), we recommend that you participate in an exchange for the Fall semester (September to December) or for the full year (September to April).

If you are interested in practical instruction (private instrumental or voice lessons), ensembles and/or performance courses, you must submit a recorded audition for review. See our Auditions webpage for details.

Courses and registration

Music exchange students are expected to follow the majority of courses within the Schulich School of Music. Aside from performance courses, our School offers courses in composition, music education, musicology, music technology, music theory, etc. Visit our Programs webpages for a complete list of music offerings.

Course registrations are dependent on your academic background and enrolment limits. Aside from your home university’s official transcript, you may be asked to provide additional information if you want to register for certain specialty courses. You can also take a few courses in other Faculties (e.g. Arts, Science), if those Faculties have no objections.

Once accepted as an incoming exchange student at the Schulich School of Music, contact adelina.lameiras [at] (Adelina Lameiras) to plan for registration.


Students participating in an exchange program are exempt from regular tuition charges, but are responsible for paying for McGill's international health insurance coverage, course materials, textbooks, etc. See the PDF icon Incoming Exchange Fact Sheet (.PDF) for more information.

If you will be registering for practical instruction, you may be charged private music lesson fees as per the bilateral exchange agreement McGill has with your home university.  See the Student Accounts website for details.

Ready to apply for an exchange semester at Schulich? Visit McGill's International Education website.

Inter-university transfer students (IUT)

If you are studying at another Quebec university and want to take courses at McGill using the Quebec Inter-University Transfer (IUT) agreement, you must:

  • initiate an online application to request the required authorizations,
  • refer to home university website for regulations on the number of credits allowed, as well as the policies for transferring the credits.

Most Quebec conservatories are not part of the agreement and students must apply as visiting students.

Research trainees

Undergraduate students from other Canadian and international universities (and exceptionally, local CEGEP or high-school students) who conduct research at the Schulich School of Music must register at McGill University as undergraduate research trainees.

As an undergraduate research trainee, you will experience life at McGill, gain scientific training from cutting-edge researchers and network with a broad range of potential supervisors, faculty, students and staff.

Application and Registration

  • The application form and supporting documentation must be submitted to patrick.oneill [at] (Patrick O'Neill).

Visit McGill Student Records for comprehensive information about undergraduate research trainee application requirements, preparation, application form, health information for non-Canadians, etc.

Visiting students

Visiting Students can take courses at McGill University for credit towards a degree program at another university. To become a Visiting Student, you must obtain written permission from your university.

If you are studying at another university in Quebec, and would like to become a Visiting Student at McGill, you are eligible for a transfer of credit. However, you are only eligible for a transfer of credit if the required permission is obtained on Quebec Inter-University Transfer (IUT) forms. These forms are available on the Transfer Credits and Advanced Standing webpage.

Exchange students

Each year, we welcome numerous Exchange Students to graduate studies at McGill. As an exchange student, you will be able to share your wealth of knowledge and experience with other top students from Canada and throughout the world. Your peers and our internationally recognized professors will enrich what you learn in the classroom and the laboratory.

How to become an exchange student

If you would like to come to McGill on exchange, you should first contact the International Studies or Study Abroad Office at your home university. They will be able to answer your questions, and determine your eligibility for exchange to McGill. They will also provide you with pertinent information such as application requirements.

We work with several exchange partner universities throughout Canada and the World. Contact your home university to inquire if there is an exchange partnership with McGill. Please note that we only review exchange applications that are formally submitted by the exchange coordinators of our exchange partner universities.

If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with McGill, you may want to apply as a Visiting Student.

Special students

As a Special Student you can take one, or two at most, graduate-level courses per term (6 credits), without the intention of obtaining a graduate degree or diploma. Special Students, like all graduate applicants, must meet the minimum graduate-level entrance requirements. The deadline to apply as a Special Student varies depending on the academic unit (department, school or institute) concerned. Not all units offer Special Student admission. Please refer to program page to determine the Special Student deadline.

Special students:

  • may not continue as Special Students after the completion of a maximum of 12 credits
  • must apply and pay the application fee every academic year (i.e. for the Fall term)
  • may receive academic credit for relevant graduate courses taken as Special Students, if they choose to obtain a graduate degree or diploma
  • who wish to take undergraduate courses only (500 level or lower) must apply as a Special Student in the undergraduate faculty concerned, even if they already hold a degree

Graduate research trainees

If you are enrolled in a graduate program at another university and would like to attend McGill for a limited period of time (up to a maximum of 12 months) to conduct research only, you must apply as a Graduate Research Trainee. This category of registration is for students registered in graduate programs in other universities to conduct PART of their thesis research at McGill under the supervision of a McGill professor. The category of Graduate Research Trainee cannot be used to conduct the majority of thesis research at McGill under the supervision of a McGill professor.

Please visit McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for comprehensive eligibility, application and tax information details.

Admissions documents:

Your completed Graduate_Research_Trainee_registration form and required documents must be emailed to: [at] (Ms Mary Di Stefano) (Schulich School of Music - Graduate Admissions).

The original letter of permission must be submitted upon your arrival to McGill University for completion of your file.

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