Must-do prior to departure

Register to attend one of our Student Send Off events: every summer, the McGill Alumni Association organizes events around the world to welcome students who are new to the University. These events, otherwise known as Send Offs, offer a great opportunity for new students to get acquainted with McGill before they leave home, and to meet new and returning students and ask questions that inevitably remain. Parents are also welcome to participate to ask their own questions about McGill to our alumni, student and staff representatives. To find out if there is a Send Off in your area, please visit our events page >>

Plan to attend Parents Tent: Parents Tent is held every August, to coincide with Residence Move-In weekend and mark the beginning of Orientation activities. At the tent, you can meet representatives from key McGill student services; you can also visit our partners’ booths and learn about banking, cellular phone and home insurance for your student. Don’t forget to sign up for the Parents Association to receive your welcome gift and your printed copy of the Parents Handbook once onsite! Learn more about Parents Tent >>

Pre-departure tips for international students: new incoming international students have lots to think about and plan for prior to their departure for McGill. This is why International Student Services (ISS) has put together a guide they entitled Getting Started on Immigration, which is mailed to every new international student in their admissions package. You can also view it online here. For more pre-departure tips, visit the pre-departure section of the ISS web portal.

Go over the McGill essentials: the First Year Office dedicates a good part of their website to what they call McGill Essentials, gathering quick descriptions and links to all the services new students are most likely to need within their first days at McGill. Among those essentials, students should pay particular attention to the New Student Checklist. Also check out the portal for newly admitted students and their checklist of dates not to be missed during the first semester.