Study Abroad Program Overview
This UCEAP program offers you the opportunity to become fully integrated into the academic and social life of McGill University in beautiful Montreal, Canada. Rated the best student city in Canada, Montreal is a bilingual (French/English) city within the francophone province of Quebec. McGill University is one of Canada’s most prestigious universities and offers a full range of courses – all taught in English.
The Old and the New Worlds meet in Montreal: charming old cobblestone streets coexist with gleaming skyscrapers in this unique city of contrasts. Montreal is an affordable, safe, multi-cultural city, vibrant with culture and buzzing with activity. Whether, taking a walk around scenic Old Port, hiking to the summit of Mount Royal, seeing the incomparable Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil, enjoying one of Montreal’s famous cafes, or sampling local produce at the Jean-Talon Market, you will find ample opportunities to enrich your university experience in this world-class city. If you are able, stay on after the spring semester and enjoy internationally famous summer events like the International Jazz Festival
and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival
With two international airports and the world’s largest inland seaport, Montreal is one of the world’s great meeting places for people, products and ideas.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Study of a specific language is not required during this program. Language study is, however, available at McGill University; placement tests are required.
Approx. early September to end of December.
Approx. early January to end of April.
Approx. early September to end of April.
Exchange students live in off-campus rentals and shared houses in the Montreal area, as university residence halls are reserved for first-year students. Rent is significantly lower than in other major university cities. All areas of the city are easily accessible through the Metro subway system and numerous bike paths; a car is not needed in Montreal.
McGill University offers resources to exchange students to help them find suitable housing. See the Off-Campus Housing website below, which also includes a special section for exchange students:
With beautiful green spaces, endless activities, and excellent cuisine, Montreal is one of the world’s most student-friendly cities. Begin the semester by attending the reception
for international students. Participate in one or more of the myriad student clubs which take advantage of Montreal’s rich culture and beautiful surroundings. Interact with local and other international students by joining sports, arts, networking, or social activism clubs. Clubs are a great way to become integrated into the McGill campus and meet students with similar interests.
Research assistance and volunteer opportunities are also available; these can vary depending on your academic focus.
McGill University's faculties offer programs of study in some 300 areas. The following faculties are open to qualified UCEAP undergraduate students:
- Faculty of Arts (link includes list of all departments, e.g. Economics, English, Philosophy etc.)
- Faculty of Education
- Schulich School of Music
- Faculty of Religious Studies
- Faculty of Science (link includes list of all departments, e.g. Physics, Computer Science, Life Sciences etc.)
- Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (including Environment, Biology, Science of Food, International Studies, Economics, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Dietetics & Nutrition, and Food & Nutrition)
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- McGill University’s eCalendar (Search tips are at the bottom of the page) Syllabi may be provided on departmental webpages
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists only courses previously taken by UCEAP students. Additional courses are available and not all courses may still be offered.
You are encouraged to enroll in French courses
. A Placement test
is required before admission to any course including Beginners' French.
- The Desautels Faculty of Management, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Law, and professional programs such as Medicine and Dentistry are not open to exchange students.
- Special topics courses; research project courses and thesis courses; and courses in the Centre for Continuing Education are not open to exchange students.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester; four courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Science students have the option of enrolling in 396 Undergraduate Research Project Courses
(6 quarter/4 semester UC units). If you are interested in participating in this research option you will need to contact the UCEAP Systemwide Office for information on how to arrange a research project at McGill University.
Undergraduate Research Project Courses will count toward the program requirement of 24 UC quarter units.
Internships and independent study are not possible on this program.
McGill University, Montreal
McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students from over 150 countries, the student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. McGill University was founded in 1821, and since then, the university has grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and more than 37,500 students.
McGill is recognized around the world for excellence in teaching and research. Past accomplishments include Nobel Prize-winning research conducted at McGill on the nature of radioactivity; today, professors are building new fields such as epigenetics, or developing alternative energy sources from crop plants and driving human achievement in a variety of fields.
The ability to balance academic excellence with the extracurricular is a hallmark of the McGill student. In addition to a rich athletic tradition that includes many Olympians and the birth of hockey and football, thousands of McGill students participate in the hundreds of clubs, associations, and community groups that enrich Montreal and contribute to a vibrant campus life.
Visit the McGill University website
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- All pre-departure expenses related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Optional airport meet and greet
- Room and all meals for the entire semester
- Cultural activities
- Weekend trips
- Books and other materials
- Accident and medical insurance
- Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by McGill University
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: