Learning Abroad

Looking to broaden your education and music training beyond the Schulich School of Music?

Studying at another university is a great opportunity to experience student life in a new environment and broaden perspectives on career possibilities.  It is also a wonderful way to develop intercultural skills as well as to enhance critical thinking and personal growth.

As a student at the Schulich School of Music, you have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs or to arrange for independent study at other schools in both music and/or non-music courses. These courses may be credited towards your Bachelor of Music with departmental approval.

Below are guidelines to embark on a new educational opportunity domestically or abroad. 

Exchange Program

Music-Specific Official Exchanges

For most Music Exchanges, we encourage students to apply for two consecutive semesters, i.e. both fall and winter terms. January 15 is the deadline to apply for exchange for both semesters for the upcoming academic year.   

Visit the McGill Abroad website to obtain details on the conditions to apply for an exchange program.

 

General Official Exchanges

Besides music-specific exchanges, you may also apply for international exchanges through McGill's general exchange partners. This is a great opportunity to take courses towards your program's electives.

You may apply to go on exchange with general exchange partners for fall and/or winter semester(s). January 15 is the application deadline for both terms.

Visit the McGill Abroad website to view the list of McGill’s general exchange partners.

                                                                                     

Music-Specific and General Exchange Checklist:

  1. To be eligible to participate, you must be currently registered as a full-time, degree-seeking McGill student, and have a minimum CGPA of 3.0. The best time to participate in an exchange program is generally the year before your final year of study.
  2. Submit a Request for Exchange online through MINERVA before January 15. 
  3. In addition to the online request for exchange, you must
    • email a taped audition and
    • submit a reference letter from your Schulich School of Music practical instruction teacher to adelina.lameiras [at] mcgill.ca (Adelina Lameiras) (Program Advisor) before January 15th to support your request.
  4. If you have been nominated to participate in an exchange, you must accept or decline the nomination before the Service Point deadline.
  5. You will receive further instructions on how to complete the exchange application once you have accepted the nomination.
  6. You will pay the same tuition as if you were here on a McGill campus (equivalent of 15 credits and related fees). There are other expenses that you should take into account when planning your budget, such as airfare, accommodations, insurance and other living expenses.
  7. You will be responsible for knowing and abiding by the visa requirements of the country where you will participate as an exchange student. If you receive student aid from the government, verify with the loan provider if you are eligible to receive funding when participating in an exchange program.
  8. You will have to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation
  9. You will have to adhere to the registration deadlines of the host university.
  10. Complete a Travel Registry before you leave for the exchange.  You will also have to ensure that have the proper travel and health insurance coverage for study away programs. Visit McGill Abroad for more information on safe travels.
  11. Once you settle on the campus of the host university, finalize the course list with your academic advisors at McGill and the host university to assess for transfer credits. Keep your academic advisor apprised of any course plan changes to re-assess for credit transfer.
  12. All courses must be evaluated and approved for McGill equivalencies on the Minerva transfer credit assessment form. This form must accurately reflect the courses you are registered for at the host university. You may access the list of approved courses from the course equivalency system. If you cannot find a course there, submit a new course equivalency request. To do so, click on "login" on the top right hand corner of the course equivalency system webpage and sign in with your McGill username and password.
  13. Enjoy your exchange term away, be safe and keep an exchange journal so you can share your experience with fellow students and the Schulich School of Music community.  We would love to hear your feedback about your exchange experience! 
  14. Once the exchange program is completed, you must make arrangements with the host university to send the official transcripts to the attention of:
    Adelina Lameiras
    Student Affairs Office,
    Schulich School of Music of McGill University
    527 Sherbrooke Street West, Room A720,
    Montreal, Quebec,
    Canada, H3A 1E3

The official transcripts must include all final grades, and be received within 30 days after the end of your exchange program.

Independent Study Away

You may decide to take courses at a university that is not a McGill official exchange partner.  It is your responsibility to contact the host university to inquire about independent study away student (also known as visiting student) procedures. Tuition is paid directly to the host university. Once you have determined that you are eligible to attend the host university as an independent study away student, you must submit a study away request on Minerva before the following deadlines:

Semester Deadline to submit Study Away Request
Spring/Summer March 1
Fall May 1
Winter October 1

Independent Study Away Checklist:

  1. To be eligible to participate, you must be currently registered as a full-time, degree-seeking McGill student, and have a minimum CGPA of 2.70.
  2. Inform yourself of the host university’s Independent Study Away requirements. You should make sure you can secure sufficient finances to cover expenses, such as tuition, airfare, accommodations, insurance and other living expenses.
  3. You will be responsible for knowing and abiding by the visa requirements of the country where you will participate in an independent study away program. If you receive student aid from the government, verify with the loan provider if you are eligible to receive funding if you study at an institution outside your home university.
  4. If you meet the host university's requirements to apply as an independent study away or visiting student, you must submit a request for study away online through Minerva before the deadlines mentioned above. You must include a tentative course plan with your statement of purpose on the application form.
  5. In addition, email a reference letter from your Schulich School of Music practical instruction teacher to adelina.lameiras [at] mcgill.ca (Adelina Lameiras), Academic Advisor, to support your request.
  6. The Faculty will review your study away request. 
  7. If the study away application is approved, you will be responsible for following up with the host university to complete the registration procedures. You will have to adhere to the registration deadlines of the host university.
  8. You must attend the Pre-Departure Orientation.  
  9. Complete a Travel Registry before you leave for the exchange.  You will also have to ensure that have the proper health insurance coverage for study away programs. Visit the McGill Abroad website for more information on safe travels.
  10. Once you settle on the campus of the host university, finalize the course list with your academic advisors at McGill and the host university to assess for transfer credits. Keep your academic advisor apprised of any course plan changes to re-assess for credit transfer.
  11. All courses must be evaluated and approved for McGill equivalencies on the Minerva transfer credit assessment form. This form must accurately reflect the courses you are registered for at the host university. You may access the list of approved courses from the course equivalency system. If you cannot find a course there, submit a new course equivalency request. To do so, click on "login" on the top right hand corner of the course equivalency system webpage and sign in with your McGill username and password.
  12. Once the study away program is completed, you must make arrangements with the host university to send the official transcripts to the attention of:
    Adelina Lameiras
    Student Affairs Office,
    Schulich School of Music of McGill University
    527 Sherbrooke Street West, Room A720,
    Montreal, Quebec,
    Canada, H3A 1E3

The official transcripts must include all final grades, and be received within 30 days after the end of your exchange program.

Quebec Inter-University Transfer (IUT)

Quebec Inter-University Transfer (IUT) Agreement allows you to register at another educational institution in the province of Quebec in addition to your registration at McGill.  With your faculty's permission, you may register at any Quebec university for three or in some cases six credits per term depending on degree residency regulations. 

Tuition is paid directly to McGill.  The host institution will automatically submit your grades to McGill for any completed courses.

IUT Checklist:

  1. Visit McGill's IUT website (Inter-University Transfer) to submit an application for "authorization to transfer credits". 
  2. Once this application is approved by both the home and host universities, you must register for the course that was approved at the host university.
  3. You must adhere to the registration deadlines of the host university.
  4. You must also ensure that the McGill Class Schedule permits you to take these courses without conflict.
  5. If you decide to drop or withdraw from the approved course(s), you will need to drop or withdraw from the course using the host university's registration method and submit this change on the online IUT application.

Internship

An Internship is a great opportunity to build connections.  It is also a wonderful chance to apply the skills you are developing in the Schulich School of Music in a professional setting.

To be eligible to participate, you must be an active student, and have completed 30 credits in a 90-credit program, or 45 credits in a 120-credit program, and have a minimum CGPA 3.00. In adherence to the insurance policies, the internship may not be completed in the last semester of studies in the program. You are required to return to McGill in the semester following the end of the internship to continue with your program. It is your responsibility to find a professor within the Schulich School of Music to supervise your internship.

To take advantage of a Music internship, an internship proposal form must be submitted to the Student Affairs Office before the following deadlines:

Semester Deadline to submit internship application
Spring/Summer March 1
Fall June 1
Winter October 1

 

Internship Checklist:

  1. Find a full-time Faculty Academic from the Schulich School of Music who can co-supervise the internship with the supervisor from the company which you will work.
  2. Both you and the Faculty Academic are required to complete an internship proposal form (PDF icon Internship Proposal (MUPD 499) form) illustrating the project objectives, learning goals, activities and how this project will contribute to your professional development.
  3. The means of evaluation must be clearly described on the application form (e.g. business plan, log of activities, report on what you learned; research paper, composition or recording, assessment of host organization, or some combination, including the relative weight of each component in the grade).
  4. Submuit the signed proposal with supporting documents to the Student Affairs Office (7th floor, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building) before the assigned deadline.

Testimonial

Samuel Rouleau with friends during his Sibelius Exchange in 2016Samuel Rouleau with friends during his Sibelius Exchange in 2016

I recently returned from a yearlong, exchange program at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. It was one of the most enriching, eye-opening and exhilarating experiences of my life.
The Academy offers a wide variety of class options including jazz improvisation, creative skills training, and performance coaching. Additional classes taught through the bassoon studio were complemented by invited guests and private lessons with fantastic faculty!
Opportunities to interact with fellow students in different programs taught me many things I would not have had the opportunity to learn elsewhere! The performance opportunities are numerous and intense as were the opportunities to travel. Students willingly work together to create music of all sorts and to experiment with various projects - the possibilities are endless!
Helsinki is a fantastic city. I had an incredible experience and would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in studying abroad!

-Samuel Rouleau, BMus (2016-2017 Exchange at the Sibelius Academy, Finland)

 

 

Consult the McGill Abroad website for more information on studying abroad options.