Study Abroad


Exchange Programs

McGill has bilateral exchange agreements with over 100 universities around the world, plus the Quebec university system has additional agreements (called CREPUQ exchanges) with 250 more, mainly in France. 

Exchange students pay McGill tuition fees and register as Non-Resident students while they are away and register as Visiting Students (no fees) at the host university. Credits completed satisfactorily at the host university count towards the McGill degree but not the McGill CGPA. Exchanges are for one semester or one academic year. Check out the Study Abroad Fair held annually in early October.

The best time to participate in an exchange program is during the year before you graduate (U2).  You must have a CGPA of 3.0 or better to be considered. The deadline for applying for an exchange is early February before your expected Fall departure. You should start planning your exchange and researching possible exchange destinations during October of your U1 year.  Watch for notices of the Student Exchange Information Sessions.

For Exchange Information:

For Exchange partners see:

For academic information about credit transfer consult:
Nancy Nelson, Biology Undergraduate Advisor (

Study Away

You may study for one semester or one academic year at a 3- or 4-year degree granting university of your choice.  If there is no exchange agreement, you pay the prevailing tuition fees at the host university and you deal directly with the host university for making inquiries, applying for acceptance and paying fees. You must get Faculty approval.

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