McGill University

Montreal
Canada

Language of instruction

English

With a reputation for excellence that reaches around the globe, McGill University has carved out a spot among the world's greatest universities. Notable alumni include Justin Trudeau, Leonard Cohen, and William Shatner.

McGill is located in the heart of downtown Montreal – one of the world’s most student-friendly cities, steeped in culture. It’s not uncommon for Montrealers to commute across centuries-old cobblestones on their way to gleaming skyscraper offices. Take a hike up Mont-Royal between classes, catch a show at one of the city’s many music festivals, and indulge in a mouth-watering serving of poutine.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Winter Term January–April
Semester 2 Fall Term September–December

* Students wishing to attend McGill University for a full year exchange, must begin their exchange in the Fall semester.

View McGill's academic calendar.

 

Guides and additional information

McGill University has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15 credits at McGill is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at McGill.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the McGill course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Business administration
Business information systems
Economics
Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Information technology
Metallurgical engineering
Mining engineering
Software engineering
Exercise science
Nutrition science
Social work
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Development
Drama
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Political science
Public policy
Religion
Sociology
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Linguistics
Russian
Psychology
Agriculture
Animal studies
Computer science
Earth sciences
Environmental studies
Food science
Mathematics and statistics
Physics
Regional and town planning
Postgraduate
Business administration
Anthropology
Art history
Communication, digital media and PR
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Public policy
Sociology
German
Italian
Linguistics
Psychology
Animal studies
Earth sciences
Food science
Mathematics and statistics
Physics
Regional and town planning

Course restrictions

You are only permitted to take up to 1 course outside your admitted faculty. 

The following faculties have limited enrolment availability, with particular restrictions in some areas:

  • Commerce and business
    • Registration in more than 2 commerce and business courses cannot be accommodated. You are recommended to save general electives in order to complete commerce and business courses at McGill.
    • Finance and accounting are unavailable to exchange students.
  • Sciences
    • Biology / Cell Biology / Biochemistry / Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology / Anatomy
  • Engineering
    • Chemical, Civil and Mechanical disciplines are especially limited.
    • Places in exchange engineering and courses are subject to availability and is not guaranteed.
    • UQ is only able to nominate 2 engineering students per semester.
    • MIME and FACC are generally more accessible to exchange students.

The following courses, among others, are not open to exchange students:

  • Law and Architecture
  • Courses offered at McGill University by some professional faculties (Medicine, Dentistry)
  • Research project courses and thesis courses
  • Special topics courses
  • Courses in the Centre for Continuing Education.

Additional academic information

Course numbering at McGill:

  • 100-499: Undergraduate
  • 500-599: Qualified senior undergraduate & postgraduate
  • 600-799: Postgraduate

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

McGill provides everything you need to know about finding student housing while on exchange, including on-campus and off-campus options.

* On-campus housing provides priority to first year degree students, so on-campus housing is limited and not guaranteed.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Montreal is similar to that of Brisbane. To help students budget for exchange, McGill has provided an estimate of basic living costs for students in Montreal. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

McGill requires all international students and any accompanying dependents to participate in the compulsory McGill International Health Insurance plan

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the High Commission of Canada for visa information.

McGill provides information about various visa options while on exchange.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.