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McGill University

Founded in 1821 by royal charter, McGill University is located in Montreal, Quebec and is one of Canada's best known universities.
Find out more at McGill's exchanges webpage
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Number of places available: 1 full year place


Term Dates: 

  • August to December and January to April

Application Deadlines (once allocated a Global Opportunities place):

Full year / fall deadlines:

  • Nominations (by DU): 15 March
  • Applications (by students): 1 April

Programme Information

Exchange students should take 15 credits per semester (30 per year).

For more information on courses please see McGill's course calendar

Academic Requirements/Restrictions

Applicants must have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), B average.

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

  • courses offered by professional faculties that are restricted to degree candidates within their programmes
  • research project courses and thesis courses
  • special topics courses
  • some courses are restricted and may not be supported on an exchange, notably Law.

Language Requirements

The language of instruction at McGill is English. If you are a non native English speaker, you may be required to provide evidence of language ability.


While priority is given to first year degree students, there is limited on-campus housing for exchange students. More information can be found via McGills student housing webpages.

There is off campus accommodation available and more information can be found via the off campus housing website.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Exchange Application Form
  • Academic Transcript
  • Letter of Nomination

Student Services

McGill University have a wide range of Student Services from Essential Services & Information to Academic Resources and Health, Wellness & Personal Support and an Office for Students with Disabilities

Other Information

There are some International Scholarships available for students looking to study in Canada. These are provided through the Canadian government and not via McGill or Durham University.

Students are required to purchase International Health Insurance (IHI) before arriving in Canada. This costs approximately $634 for two semesters. 

Summer Opportunities

McGill offers over 300 condensed summer courses, during three sessions and on two campuses. 

More Summer School opportunities at our partner universities (internal weblink).


GO Full Year Study: Step by Step

How does it work?

Find out details of how full-year GO study works

Where can I go?

Find out about Durham's partner universities

How to apply

Find out the application process

Preparing to go

What students must do pre-departure

Currently Abroad

Help and resources for students abroad

Returning Students

Find out what to do on your return