Studying away from McGill is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity whose benefits can go far beyond academic learning. The opportunity to study at another university can add significant dimensions to your undergraduate education by enabling you to develop broader perspectives on your fields of study, to enhance skills in cross-cultural communication and critical thinking applicable to your everyday life and provide you with a chance for personal growth.
GRADUATING STUDENTS: Students who are on any type of study away during their graduating term WILL NOT be able to graduate at the end of their final term; instead, these students must select a graduation term (on Minerva) for the term following their Study Away, Exchange, etc.
Note to American students regarding federal student aid: Students who taking distance education (online courses), research abroad, Official McGill Exchange or a Study Abroad program, please review the rules and regulations on the Scholarships and Student Aid website or go to the Scholarships and Student Aid office, Brown Building.
Options for study away
Reference material for students and advisers
Course selection and Approvals:
- Course Equivalency System
All courses taken abroad must be approved using the Course Equivalency System.
Search the Course Equivalency database to determine if the course you want to take has already been approved. You may want to use the “External” course number and then “Country” or “Institution” to determine if the course has already been approved. Make sure you also tick off “Include Expired Decisions”. The course may have already been approved, but might be expired, which means you will have to request a “Reassessment”.
If the course is not on the course database, then you must login (using your McGill email address and password) and “Submit a Request”. For further information on using the system, please go to Frequently asked questions.
Once you have made a study away application, you will then have access to the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment Form”. Only courses that appear on the Course Equivalency System can be added to the Transfer Credit Assessment Form. For further information, please refer to the Help Field on Minerva.
In addition to the required list of syllabus information, detailed on the Course Syllabus Checklist, you must also ensure that the syllabus contains the following information:
Course description (content)
Date of course/syllabus (year/term)
If you intend to use this course towards a program requirement you will need to email the departmental program adviser to get their approval on the Transfer Credit Assessment form once the course has been added to the Transfer Credit Assessment form. Please consult the list of Departmental Contact List
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mary Gauthier (mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca).
List of Approved Host Universities. A listing of universities which are approved for Independent Study Away requests. If a university is not listed, it may not have been previously requested or it may not be approved for transfer credits. Refer to: Independent Study Away, Step 2, for details about how to request approval for a university that is not on the list.
- McGill's Partner Institution for Exchange Programs A listing of McGill's partner institutions available for exchange programs for the Fall and/or Winter academic year.
Study-away advising sessions
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts & Science students: If you have SPECIFIC questions concerning your Study Abroad options which are NOT answered on this website, please come during Drop-in Hours and ask to see Mary Gauthier. Please go to Room 405 in Dawson Hall.