McGill University

Montreal
Canada

Language of instruction

English

   Generally available as a second or third preference.

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 SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Winter TermJanuary–April
Semester 2Fall TermSeptember–December

View McGill's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

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

Campuses

McGill University has 2 campuses across the state. McGill exchange programs are available at:

  • Downtown
  • MacDonald Campus

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15 credits at McGill is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

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

Study Options
You must choose one admission faculty from the available list. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Semester Restrictions
Students wishing to attend McGill University for a full year exchange must begin their exchange in the Fall semester (UQ Semester 2).

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.

Find courses

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

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Aerospace engineering
Agriculture
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Business administration
Business analytics
Business information systems
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Development
Drama
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Finance
French
Gender Studies
German
History and ancient history
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Leadership and Management
Marketing
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mining engineering
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Social work
Sociology
Spanish
Postgraduate
Agriculture
Architecture
Biotechnology
Business administration
Business analytics
Chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Classical languages
Computer science
Economics
Environmental engineering
Finance
Food science
Gender Studies
Law
Leadership and Management
Linguistics
Music
Nutrition science
Political science
Psychology
Regional and town planning
Social work
Sociology

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)