Seeking Readmission

  • Students who wish to complete their undergraduate degree after an absence of one or more academic terms must submit a readmission application on Minerva. Readmission is not automatic or guaranteed. If you no longer have access to Minerva, you will need to contact Service Point to be reactivated.
  • Submit only one application for the BA degree. Do not submit multiple applications with various programs. If you are considering a program change, this may be possible after you have been readmitted.
  • Supporting documentation may be required depending on your situation (See below under: ‘Situations’). Deadline to submit documentation to OASIS is by the application deadline (See table below). Supporting documentation must be sent by email and cannot be attached to your application on Minerva.
  • Newly admitted students who withdrew from the University before the withdrawal with refund deadline and receive a refund, will need to re-apply through Admissions. Refer to for more information.

  • If you are readmitted after a period of absence, you are normally subject to the program and degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. For more information about programs of study, consult this website.
  • You are considered a second degree student if you have completed a previous degree at McGill University or if, during an interruption of McGill studies, you completed an undergraduate degree at another recognized university/institution. Applications for a second degree in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and questions about eligibility and program choices (based on the program(s) you completed in your previous undergraduate degree) must be made directly to McGill University, Enrollment Services. Please go to for more information. Please note that students may not be admitted to a second Bachelor degree in the same discipline.
  • Refer to your unofficial transcript on Minerva to view your academic standing and any holds on your account.
  • Please note that readmission decisions are made independently of financial information. If you owe outstanding fees or fines to the University, you will not be permitted to register until the hold(s) has been resolved even if readmission has been granted.
  • Tuition: If you are readmitted, your rate of tuition may be different from when you last were enrolled at McGill. For more information, please visit the following websites:
  • International Students: Consult the Minerva "View your Tuition and Legal Status" page to see if your record at McGill reflects your most recent immigration status in Canada. If you are an international student, you must possess valid legal documents for the duration of your remaining studies at McGill. For more information, visit legal documents. For assistance please contact International Student Services.

Application Dates

To begin your studies in the Summer term Readmission module opens: March 1
Deadline to apply: June 10
To begin your studies in the Fall term Readmission module opens: March 1
Deadline to apply: July 1st

To begin your studies in the Winter term

Readmission module opens: October 1
Deadline to apply: November 15

Application Procedures

  • Login to Minerva and Select: Students > Student Records Menu > Faculty Transfer & Readmission Menu.
  • Under "Student Comments" you must:
    1. State the reason(s) for your absence from the University;
    2. Indicate how you improved the situation for which you left the University;
    3. Provide a summary of your activities during that period (ex: working, volunteering, etc.);
    4. Provide your current email address if your McGill email is inactive.
  • If ‘Student Comments’ is left blank, your application will be cancelled and you will be asked to submit a new request.
  • Depending on your situation, you may need to provide additional information after submitting your request, therefore, refer to the four situations below.
  • Submit your request.
  • When your application is being reviewed, the status will change from “submitted” to “incomplete”, read the comments in the readmission module as we might request additional information and/or documents.
  • Check the status of your application and the email account you provided in your readmission application regularly. Supporting documentation must be submitted by the application deadline; if it is not, your application will be cancelled. You must notify our office of any delays.
  • When a final decision has been made (“faculty approved” or “faculty refused”), you will be notified by email.
  • It is MANDATORY to accept or decline the readmission offer on MINERVA within three weeks or your application will be cancelled;
  • Fall and Winter terms: You will be able to register for courses when registration opens for that term. You must register for at least one course to avoid late registration fees

    Summer term: please go here. If you drop, withdraw or do not register for any Summer courses, you must submit an application for Fall readmission to return to your studies in the Fall term.

  • If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact: advisor.arts [at]

Refer to one of the four relevant situations below:

Students in Satisfactory Academic Standing

Who withdrew for medical reasons

  • If you left the University for Medical Reasons, indicate it under "Student Comments”. Submit supporting documentation confirming that you are ready to resume your studies by the application deadline or your application will be cancelled.
  • Submit your completed PDF iconHealthcare Provider Approval Form and/or medical note to advisor.arts [at] with the subject line: *READMISSION DOCUMENT – MED NOTE - YOUR NAME AND McGILL ID NUMBER*

Who are planning to pursue an independent study away

  • If you are planning to pursue an Independent Study Away in the semester in which you are applying for readmission, indicate it in the “Student Comments”;
  • Include the name of the host university you plan to attend. Once your readmission has been “Faculty-Approved”, you must accept the readmission offer before you can proceed with a Minerva Study Away Application by the required deadline.

Students in Unsatisfactory Academic Standing

Under "Student Comments" you must:

  • Describe the extenuating circumstances that affected your academic performance. Please consult the Guide for self assessment of past academic performance first as this may help you describe your situation and improve your performance if readmitted. You can also use the Tips for writing an academic appeal to complete this section of the application.
  • Explain how the problems you experienced would be under control or no longer applicable if you were readmitted.
  • If you left for medical reasons, submit your completed PDF iconHealthcare Provider Approval Form and/or medical note to advisor.arts [at] with the subject line: *READMISSION DOCUMENT – MED NOTE - YOUR NAME AND McGILL ID NUMBER* by the application deadline or your application will be cancelled.
  • Send all supporting documentation to: advisor.arts [at] with the subject line: *READMISSION – SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS - YOUR NAME AND MCGILL ID NUMBER* by the application deadline or your application will be cancelled.
  • You must meet with a Faculty advisor who will be reviewing your request.

Readmission Following Unsatisfactory Standing – 2nd Time or more

Multiple readmission requests are unlikely to be approved. Students who are readmitted will meet with a faculty adviser regularly to review their readmission conditions which need to be met. If they are not met, a future readmission request may be refused.

Students who Studied at Another University during Absence

If you studied at another university during an interruption of studies from McGill, indicate this in your Minerva readmission under ‘Student Comments’. Include the following information:

  • Name of the institution
  • Course taken or currently in progress
  • When the courses were taken. If they are in progress, when will they be completed
  • If the courses are part of a Bachelor’s program or Independent Studies

If you obtained a Bachelor’s Degree at another institution, please do not submit a Readmission application; you must apply via Admissions. Please visit

An unofficial transcript of studies taken at another institution is acceptable pending receipt of an official transcript. Submit unofficial copies of transcripts concurrently with your readmission application on Minerva to avoid a delay in the review of your application. Using your McGill email account or the current email address you provided (if your McGill email account is inactive) send the PDF attachment of your unofficial transcripts to advisor.arts [at] with the subject line: READMISSION DOCUMENT – UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT - YOUR NAME AND McGILL ID NUMBER.

Arts OASIS reserves the right to refuse to award McGill transfer credit for any studies completed at another university if these studies were not pre-approved.


Simultaneous Readmission & Inter-Faculty Transfer into Arts

Students who are withdrawn and want to apply for a transfer to the BA degree must submit a readmission request and select Arts as their Faculty; they should not be using the Inter-faculty transfer request.

For information regarding eligibility, deadlines, and procedures, please consult our Inter-Faculty Transfer page.

If you have questions, please set up a drop-in appointment at Arts OASIS with the Inter-Faculty Transfer Coordinator or email transfer.arts [at]

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