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Autumn leaves near a lake in the Mount-Royal area of Montreal, British Columbia, Canada.

Program at a Glance

McGill University

Country or area Canada
City Montreal
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 3.0
Term Spring Semester, Year, Fall Semester
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Experience Canada's best city for students, where Old World meets innovation. Venture on cobblestone streets where gleaming skyscrapers serve as the backdrop of Montreal, a city buzzing with the energy of diverse cultures. Be part of the international vibe at McGill University, Canada's top institution, and a host to students from more than 150 countries. Choose from over 300 subjects and take courses in English while you learn and practice French with local students or challenge yourself to language courses. STEM majors appreciate the opportunity to participate in research at more than 40 research centers like the McGill Center for Bioinformatics and the Center on Population Dynamics. Students considering a medical career enjoy spending time in the Osler Library of the History of Medicine. During downtime, immerse yourself in the festival and foodie culture; there are 100 festivals each year and 6,000 restaurants to explore. Nature lovers will also appreciate the abundance of green space such as the Parc Mont-Royal.

Where you'll study

McGill University is spread out over many blocks near downtown Montreal, a progressive, liberal and friendly city. It’s an English-speaking oasis within the French-speaking province of Quebec. Since its founding, McGill has grown from a small college into the best-ranked university in Canada. With students from over 150 countries, you’re guaranteed plenty of internationally inspired discussions in class. McGill’s Nobel Prize-winning research on radioactivity as well as alternative energy projects keep it on the map for world-renowned research. Having launched over 125 successful startups, the McGill Dobson Center for Entrepreneurship offers intensive programs to accelerate lean startups.

McGill is a place where people come to hone their intellect—but it’s not all work and no play. The very first modern football games were played between McGill University and a squad of students from nearby Harvard. The world’s first official hockey team started at McGill and McGill grad, James Naismith, invented basketball as an athletic distraction for young people stuck indoors during the winter. In addition to a rich athletic tradition that includes many Olympians, thousands of McGill students participate in the hundreds of clubs, associations, and community groups that enrich Montreal and contribute to a vibrant campus life.