Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering
At McGill University you can choose from a wide array of academic disciplines (most subjects are available). Enrolling directly in the large university, you can really immerse yourself in the academic culture as you take courses alongside both local and international students...
Unique study opportunities
- Compare Canadian and US government and politics.
- Refine or advance your French language skills.
- Explore the sociology of gender or ethnic relations.
LanguageLanguage of Instruction: English
Language Study: Optional
Although all courses are available in English, you can also take advantage of Montreal’s French-speaking heritage and enroll in French courses. To enroll in any French course, including beginners’ French, all you need to do is take a placement test. You can also study other languages through the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Courses and credit
Requirements While Abroad
- Take a full-time course of study: a minimum of four courses and a minimum of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units. Most courses at McGill are 3 units which is 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.
- You can take one of your four courses per term on a pass/no pass basis.
Current Program Courses
While many departments are open to international students, others have limited or no availability of courses. Check the availability of courses in each department before deciding on your academic plan.
Course numbers at McGill are used to identify the UC division of the course: 100s are considered lower division; 200s are considered lower or upper division on a case-by-case basis; 300s and 400s usually considered upper division; 500+ are graduate-level courses are considered upper-division or graduate level on a course-by-course basis.
If you want to take science courses, you will need to work with McGill University’s advisor for incoming science exchange students. There are some departments (e.g., biochemistry, anatomy, pharmacology, and physiology) that have restrictions for their courses.
You are allowed to take anatomy courses only if you have the prerequisite courses and an email confirmation from your departmental advisor at UC.
The following are not available to exchange students:
- Desautels Faculty of Management
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Law
- Professional programs, such as Medicine and Dentistry
- Research project courses and thesis courses
- Centre for Continuing Education
Research, independent study, and internships are typically not available in this program.
Catalogs and resources
See McGill University’s eCalendar (search tips are at the bottom of the linked page):
- The new course schedule for the fall term is published sometime in March. To get a general sense of which courses you would like to take, last year’s calendar should suffice - generally the same courses are offered in the same term.
- In order to obtain syllabi, visit the departmental pages to see if the course descriptions and syllabi are available. You might also consider contacting the professor who last taught the course to get a copy of the syllabus. There is no guarantee however, that the same professor will be teaching the course or that the content will remain the same for the next session.
More catalogs and resources:
- Faculty of Arts: Includes list of all departments, e.g. Economics, English, Philosophy, etc.
- Faculty of Education
- Schulich School of Music
- Faculty of Religious Studies
- Faculty of Science: Includes list of all departments, e.g. Physics, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Psychology, etc.
- Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Includes Environment, Biology, Science of Food, International Studies, Economics, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Dietetics & Nutrition, and Food & Nutrition.
- French Language Centre: For French courses. See also information on placement tests for admission.
- UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. This is not a current representation of course offerings on this program. Reference the above links to review recent course offerings.
- Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.
McGill University has a rigorous academic schedule, and coursework and grading are competitive. Students work independently, with less direction, and receive very few in-term tests and exams. The advantage of such a system is that you can set the agenda of your own education and tailor it to your interests.
Depending on your area of study, a course grade may be entirely dependent on one or two big exams or you may be graded on class participation as well as regular quizzes, presentations, or papers. Some courses may have lab, tutorial, or discussion components which also contribute to a final course grade.
You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework.
Grades for this program are usually available in February for fall semester students and August for spring semester and year students. Grades may not arrive in time for degree verification deadlines.