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McGill University

McGill University, 845 Sherbrooke Street, W. Montreal, QC, Canada
4.04 / 5 based on 198 reviews.
Description:
Chartered in 1821, McGill began instruction in 1829 with the founding of the Faculty of Medicine. The Faculty of Arts followed in 1843, succeeded by modern languages, commercial studies, and sciences. Over the decades the University steadily added to its programs, facilities, and professional schools.


Programmes
Accreditations
94% of students recommend
198 reviews
Housing
3.7/5
All experiences (198)
Student life
4.4/5
5 stars (78)
Academic
4.0/5
4 stars (90)
Languages
4.5/5
3 stars (24)
Expenses
3.8/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
Organise pre-departure stuff early! Arrive early to get good accommodation. Be sure to do some travel. I went to Ottawa, in and about Montreal and also went by Greyhound bus all the way down to Miami! If you buy a greyhound ticket two weeks before departure it is substantially cheaper. A trip to either N.Y or Florida should be on everyones agenda whilst staying in Canada. Wish I had gone to Victoria and the Canadian West coast as well but when the semester starts you will be really busy with... Read Review
danielsoncarl, Sweden

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Review by danielsoncarl, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
International Relations, University Agreement
HOUSING    
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I stayed with four 'locals' which was great in the sense that you get totally immersed into the culture and everyday life. There is a huge accommodation shortage in Montreal but if you are there in good time before Uni starts, your chances of getting a good place is pretty good.
Personal comments:
none
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STUDENT LIFE    
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The cafes on st denis are great! There are so many places to visit but be sure to check out old Montreal in the summer time - it is brilliant!
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ACADEMIC    
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Be sure to 'shop around' in the beginning. There are great number of courses and you want to make sure you choose the best ones. All modules dont offer seminars paralell to lectures so be sure to find out which because seminars will help you considerably in your studies.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Most modules have midterm exams which is a bit of a hassle if you also have a lot of essays to submit. But then again, the exams are really easy - reminded me of the type of exams I had in Upper Secondary School.. The essays however will require a fair share of time - especially if you are pursuing those A's!

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Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Personal comments:
I dont speak french and for some particular reason, I was surprised to find out that not everyone speaks english in Montreal. The further north you get, the less people you are likely to find who speak good english. Overall though, I didnt have any problems with communicating..
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EXPENSES    
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
EU grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
You get roughly two canadian dollar for one quid. Canada is quite cheap, even Montreal!
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
You have to get a health insurance when going to Montreal and a double visa, one for Canada and one especially for Quebec. This will set you back a few hundred dollars. Hmm.. other than that, there werent that many financial surprises except for the trip to Miami. Be sure to do some travel whilst in Canada but remember that the US is much more expensive and you dont want to dig too deep of a hole in your wallet before university hasnt even started...
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OVERALL    
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I didnt really have any difficulties whilst being in Canada but be sure to sort everything out with visa and registration before getting there. Also, arrive early to find a decent place to live because if you arrive too late - you might end up living in a dump!
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Its a great university with good lecturers and an interesting selection of modules. The campus is stunning and its close to everything. There is a brilliant international student society which organises trips to ottawa, new york etc. Be sure to sign up!



FINAL COMMENTS

Organise pre-departure stuff early! Arrive early to get good accommodation. Be sure to do some travel. I went to Ottawa, in and about Montreal and also went by Greyhound bus all the way down to Miami! If you buy a greyhound ticket two weeks before departure it is substantially cheaper. A trip to either N.Y or Florida should be on everyones agenda whilst staying in Canada. Wish I had gone to Victoria and the Canadian West coast as well but when the semester starts you will be really busy with courses and there wont be much time to take a week off.. Prepare to study a LOT because the courses are quite demanding in terms of course work, and lectures.
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