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Last updated February, 2020

Academic Information

  • Courses and Programs
  • Program Calendar
  • Faculties and Schools
  • Course numbering system
  • You may take courses offered by the faculty (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, Desautels Faculty of Management, Education, Science, or the Schulich School of Music.
  • You must enroll in the Otago equivalent programme at McGill OR present sufficient educational background in that subject area.
  • Only under exceptional circumstances you may take three (3) credits per term outside of the McGill faculty to which they have been accepted, and only with the written permission of the two concerned faculties.
  • Desautels Faculty of Management - due to high demand, registration for more than 2 courses per area cannot be accommodated.
  • Music student - it is recommended you start in the Fall (Otago's semester two). Also please look closely at prerequisites.
  • Normally, Undergraduate students wishing to register for 500 level courses must be registered in their final year of study at their home university.

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September - April
  • Fall Term: September - December
  • Winter Term: January - April
  • Important Dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

In order to have full-time status at McGill University, an exchange student must register for a minimum course load of 12 credits per term (normally 4 courses) or a maximum of 15 credits per term.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


On and Off-Campus Accommodation Information

Estimated Cost of Living

  • 2020-2021 estimated expenses per semester: CDN $7,500 – 10,000 per semester.
  • Planning your budget

Additional Information

Student Visa and Insurance

Student Visas and Insurance information

Government of Canada

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from some 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country.  McGill was founded in 1821 thanks to a generous bequest by James McGill, and since then, we've grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and more than 36,000 students. The University also partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year.

The City of Montreal and Region

Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the fifteenth largest in North America. It is a city rich in culture and history and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America. French is the city's official language and Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking (as a mother language) city in the world, behind Paris. The population of Montreal is about 1.9 million, with 4 million in the metro area.

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email