McGill University, located in downtown Montreal, is considered one of Canada’s best universities and is consistently ranked among the top 30 institutions worldwide. There are over 40,000 students who attend McGill, 25% of which are international. McGill is proud of its wide array of historical figures, such as Ernst Rutherford, famous for his discoveries on radioactivity and the atom’s nucleus; James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball; and Star Trek’s William Shatner.
Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec, and the second largest city in Canada. It is a bilingual, multicultural city with over 80 ethnic communities. Montreal is famed for its yearly festivals, including jazz, film, comedy and more. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Mont Royal (“the mountain”) and Lafontaine Park are some of Montreal’s most popular attractions.
A Note on Exchange Programs:
Exchange programs require a balance of sending and receiving students, therefore exchange programs may not consistently be available in the semester you are seeking to study abroad. Please inquire with the GEO Advisor for the most up-to-date information on your program choice, and have some alternative programs in mind should the exchange program not be available or be competitive. Term: Academic Year (Sept.— May) Fall Semester (Sept.—Dec.)
Spring Semester (Jan.— May)
Orientation at McGill takes place:
Fall term: last week in August
Spring term: first or second week in January
Application Deadlines: Academic Year: March 16 Fall Semester: March 16
Spring Semester: September 4
After a student is nominated by W&M, they must complete the online McGill application September 15 (spring) and April 1 (fall). Accepted students may register for pre-arrival webinars in order to obtain more information or assistance in preparation for study at McGill.
Course Information: W&M students are able to apply to one of McGill’s faculties (i.e. arts or sciences) but may get permission to take a course outside that area. Students should choose courses at McGill in their major/minor field of study or present sufficient educational background in subject area. After accepting the offer of admission, students should register for courses in early June (fall) and early December (spring) through the online Minerva system. Students are permitted to take one course outside of their admitting facility. To learn more about course registration and navigating Minerva, visit: www.mcgill.ca/students/courses/add
The main language of instruction at McGill is English, but many content courses are offered in French as well.
3 McGill credits = 3 W&M credits.
Except for History, all courses must be pre- or post-approved. History courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299 once students submit a syllabus to the Global Education Office at Reves. Grades will not appear on transcripts or be included in GPA calculations.
Program Fees: The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and McGill University allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition and fees to W&M while taking classes at McGill. Students will pay for housing, meals, and other fees on site in Montreal.
Students are also billed a $375 study abroad fee. International medical/evacuation insurance is required for all students who study abroad and a fee of $170 is applied to the students account prior to the start of the program. Students are responsible for airfare and visa costs.
Other fees include mandatory international health insurance set by McGill, which is approximately $330 CAD per semester. There are also program and course charges that will be billed by McGill University upon registration. These charges usually range from $600-1000 CAD per semester and include activity fees, course materials, campus printing, textbooks, etc. Information on McGill's e-billing and how to pay is available here.
Students participating in semester long study abroad programs must have a visa and/or required entry documents. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements prior to applying and begin the application process immediately after you are nominated for the program. As a reminder, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the program.
Housing and Meals: Room and board are paid on site in Montreal. On-campus housing is limited. Indicate housing preference in online application. Residence and meal plan fees vary with accommodation. Most university housing includes access to laundry and kitchens and is in close proximity to the McGill campus. More information on housing can be found here.
Eligibility: W&M student in good standing; minimum 3.0 GPA
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change)
NOTE: 1. Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the exchange program are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Reves Center will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Reves Center would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams. Contact your host university for the most accurate dates.