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Established in 1821, McGill University is the oldest public research university in Montreal, attracting international students from over 150 countries annualy, accounting for 24% of its student population.

In 2018, the QS world university rankings, rated McGill as the 33rd Best University in the world, and the 2nd best University in Canada. It is a renowned institution for higher studies and is known for its excellent teaching and research programs.

McGill has two campuses, “Downtown Campus” located at Mount Royal in downtown Montreal and the second campus “ Macdonald Campus” located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. The University offers higher study courses in over 300 fields of study with the most popular faculties being Arts, Science, Medicine, Engineering and Management.

It is internationally renowned for its law and medicine programs. The University offers a variety of student services, sports and recreation, clubs and academic enrichment with over 13 libraries and a museum.

The average tution cost for International students pursuing a undergraduate course at McGill is between $27,000 - $30,000. Students are required to have at least an 88.8% GPA to be eligible for entry into this University.

Awards and Recognition

  • The Nobel prize winning research on nature of radioactivity was conducted at McGill.
  • Artificial blood cells and plexiglass were invented at McGill
  • 144 McGill students have been awarded the “ Rhodes Scholarship”, which allow students to pursue further studies at Oxford University, the #1 University in the world, as per the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2018.
  • McGill is known for producing the most number of nobel laureates in the country (12 in total) , 5 astronauts, 3 canadian prime-ministers, 14 supreme court justices, 28 foreign ambassadors, 4 foreign leaders,11 grammy award winners, 4 pulitzer prize winners, 9 oscar winners, 16 emmy award winner and 28 olympic medalists.
  • McGill researchers are currently in the process of developing energy sources from crop plants,in a new field of study known as “epigenetics”

Faculties and Departments

McGill University has 11 faculties and schools, including:

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Faculty of Arts
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Faculty of Law
  • Desautels Faculty of Management
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science

Key areas of study

McGill University has 50 research centres and institutions, offering over 300 programs, and consist of an alumni network of 250,000.

Some of the popular courses taken by International students include:

  1. Medicine (Rated amongst the top 20 in the world)
  2. Economics and Finance
  3. Cognitive sciences and Linguistics
  4. Biomedical engineering
  5. Investment management

The following graduates are highly desired by employers:

  • Arts graduates
  • Engineering graduates
  • Medicine graduates
  • Science graduates


The University Scholarships and student aid office –The student aid office manages the bursaries, loans and work study programs based on financial needs of the students. They additionally work with students to carry out a program called “Frugal Scholar Money Management Program” which helps students to budget their finances effectively and graduate with little or no debt.

Merit Based Entrance Scholarships: are offered to first time university students, who enrol in a full-time undergraduate program. There are two types:

  • One-year Scholarships: $3,000
  • Major Scholarships: $3000 - $12,000

*Some of the faculties like Music, Law, Medicine and Dentistry also offer their own “faculty-specific” scholarships.

Entrance Bursary Program: Offers financial aid to students with low – medium income families and are applicable to new, first year undergraduates studying law or medicine, in the form of government aid, part time work, parental support and financial funding.

The bursary value would depend on the level of need of the students and their families, relative to other students, as well as the tuition fee, based on the program of study that has been undertaken.

*Students who receive this type of funding will be automatically approved to find employment through the University work study program.

Student Services

McGill University overs a wide range of student services for physical, emotional, social, and financial wellbeing as well as student clubs and societies that help students in their socialization process.

  • Student Services and Society: This is the student Union advocating on behalf of student interests and provide support services like academic support, career guidance and housing.
  • Career Planning Service and Academic success workshops: Helps students in their career development by assisting them in the process of finding permanent, casual, part-time, summer jobs, and internships by carrying out regular workshops to enhance their learning potential, job posting service, a career resource centre and one-on-one career guidance sessions.
  • Office for students with disabilities: provides support to physically handicapped students, by removing barriers in classrooms, residences and other locations on campus which could hinder their ability to interact with others.
  • International Student Services: help International students to transition and acclimatize to the new culture.
  • Tutorial Services: Helps students to prepare for exams and provides services in spell-checking and proof-reading reports and assignments.
  • Social equity and diversity education office: provides information, education and training to allow students to understand different cultures and communities, helping to create a diverse, respectful culture within the campus.
  • Counselling services are offered to any students who are facing stress, pressure, depression, distress or any other issues which could obstruct their growth and success.
  • A range of clubs and societies, as well as sports facilities, including a pool, fitness centre, and an aerobic centre.

On-Campus Accommodation

Students have the option of living on campus while completing their studies, at either one of the two University campuses. The McGill Student housing offers accommodation in the form of apartment style or dormitory housing.

Students can choose from either single occupancy apartments or single bedrooms in shared-facilities housing. All housing is accompanied with 24-hour security, designated quiet places to study, and are located within walking distance to classrooms, libraries and other student services.