Co-curricular activities are an important part of your learning experience at university. They offer an invaluable experiential opportunity for personal and professional development. Your involvement in co-curricular activities helps you develop transferable skills such as critical thinking, time management, team building, capacity building, and reliability to name just a few. Co-curricular engagements not only offer important networking opportunities and the potential for personal and professional connections that can last a lifetime, they also help support positive academic attitudes and behaviours in their development of the self-confidence and self-esteem that is essential to your success at university and beyond!
Just as your academic record (transcript) is a chronological log of your academic activity at university, so too is your Co-Curricular Record a log your co-curricular involvement at McGill. Capturing the ways you get involved and engaged on campus, this document can be uploaded with your graduate application throughout Universities in Canada.
On-Campus Engagement Opportunities
SKILLS21 is a workshop-based skills development program for undergraduate students. It provides opportunities for developing 21st century skills, values, and attitudes. Gain the skills you need to help you achieve your potential at McGill and beyond. Registration is open September 1-30. Learn more!
Engage McGill is an excellent place to begin exploring the hundreds of ways that you can get involved in your McGill community!
Campus Life and Engagement is your go-to hub for connecting you to the resources and opportunities that will help you make the most of your time at McGill. They work with individuals and groups across campus to enhance and grow student support in a variety of key areas.
Want to be involved with Sustainability at McGill? Come join an extensive network of student and community groups working on all aspects of sustainability. Whether organizing campus initiatives, planning events or overseeing integration of sustainable activities in the University, these committees, groups and departments are integral to a sustainable McGill.
The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship fosters entrepreneurship within the McGill University community by providing students access to academic courses, advising, networking events, competitions, and more. We help students develop the skills required to start ventures and grow into enterprises that evoke positive change with a purpose.
Students Helping Students is about connecting with other student(s) - your peers - to support your learning and development. Students Helping Students programs in a university context serve many purposes - from helping students in difficulty to providing information and/or education to inspiring and motivating students to action. At McGill, there are more than 50 programs and initiatives through which students provide various forms of support to other students.
At the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU), the Clubs and Services portfolio oversees 230+ clubs, 20 Services, and 10 Independent Student Groups. This involves providing support and information to these groups through provided resources and opportunities that will facilitate the operations of these groups. At SSMU Clubs & Services, you will find the Club Listing, Services Listing, and Independent Student Group Listing cover all of the currently active student groups that SSMU has to offer!
Programs & Workshops
These 55-minute workshops are a great way to help you define how you want to navigate through your academic career as well as through life! Invest in learning more about yourself and your peers through these engaging, stimulating, and fun workshops. Earn a certificate for attending all four workshops! Don't miss this opportunity to add leadership development and life skills to your degree.
McGill has an extensive network of student and community groups working on all aspects of sustainability. Whether organizing campus initiatives, planning events or overseeing integration of sustainable activities in the University, these committees, groups and departments are integral to a sustainable McGill.
Consisting of an Executive Team, a Promotions & Outreach Team, as well as a diverse group of peer support volunteers committed to providing empathetic, empowering, and non-judgmental peer support and referrals to the McGill student community. The Peer Support Centre strives to choose peer supporters from all walks of life, ranging from first years to graduate students, psychology majors to engineering majors, and those with previous peer support experience to those without.
The Buddy Program pairs new international students with current students who provide the friendly face, helping hand, and first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at McGill.
Hosted by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, the McGill X-1 Accelerator Program is an intensive 10-week summer program designed to accelerate early traction McGill startups towards investment readiness and launch.
The McGill Lean Startup Program is a hands-on program that immerses student teams by having them test their business ideas and hypotheses outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, it deliberately trades off lecture time for student/teaching team interaction
Awards & Opportunities
At The McGill Dobson Cup, McGill startups across 4 tracks — Innovation Driven Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, Social Enterprise, and Health Sciences — will have the opportunity to compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes, awarded as seed funding to the most promising companies.
The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) mandate is to "Build a culture of sustainability on McGill campuses through the development and seed-funding of interdisciplinary projects." It creates opportunities for the McGill community to actively engage in sustainability initiatives on campus, thus empowering individuals to be change agents in their own studying and working environment.
Forces AVENIR aims to recognize, honour and promote the commitment of students in projects that contribute to the development of socially conscious, active and responsible citizens who are both dedicated to their community and open to the world.
The Li Ka Shing Liberal Arts Exchange Initiative is a partnership between McGill's liberal arts program and the College of Liberal Arts at Shantou Technical University offers the unique opportunity for scholars on both sides of the Pacific to share expertise, form new research collaborations, promote knowledge exchange, and explore the distinctive artistic, political and intellectual traditions of our respective countries.
The Pathy Foundation Fellowship provides graduating full-time students from partner universities with community-focused experiential learning opportunities to gain competencies to become active and effective change-makers and to foster sustainable and positive social change in communities around the world. The program is administered by the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University.