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McGill University

McGill University, 845 Sherbrooke Street, W. Montreal, QC, Canada
4.04 / 5 based on 198 reviews.
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.

94% of students recommend
198 reviews
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Montreal is exciting, traveling is expensive, classes demand quite a lot of work, etc. Read Review
marievanreet, Belgium

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by marievanreet, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? It is pretty exceptional that people live on campus. Only Frechman do. It is also more fun to live in an own appartement, with other students
Personal comments:
It is very hard to find a good place to stay if you arrive to late in Monteal.
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by Julian, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
restaurants: - l'Académie - Café Lola Rosa Clubs: - Café Campus (the best! on Tuesdays!) - House Niteclub (free entry with passes from McGill's MISN office on Thursday and Sunday) events: - Habs game!!! (Habs = the nickname of the local hockey team, the Montréal Canadiens) don't miss the chance to see a game at the always sold-out Bell Centre, it's amazing and Canada at its best! places: - Mont Royal is the best place to hang out and offers spectacular views - Vieux Montréal might be a little bit touristic but is still a beautiful place with lovely cobblestone streets and ancient buildings - Olympic Stadium and Parc, impressive architecture - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada's only Formula One track
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by danielsoncarl, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
International Relations, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
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
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
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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by Benjamin, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Management Science, University Agreement
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
Montreal is part of Quebec. The people in Montreal speak French, but in another way then I have learned. It's more of a dialect, that in my opinion doesn't sounds as nice as the 'proper' utilisation of the french language. I really want to improve my language skills in French, so when I get the change I try to speak French with a local. Besides this, I followed for 7 weeks a intensive language course, and from 14-3 I'll start a communication course. Both in French of course, at an institute called YMCA. Before departure I already followed classes in english. I can honestly say that I control this language.
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by peterabramoff, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden
Marketing and Sales Management, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
FOOD: I often spent long hours at school and ate at restaurants. TELEPHONE: I mostly made long-distance calls. Cost/minute is pretty low (compared with Sweden) when pre-paid cards are used. You can buy these pretty much everywhere and the competition between the different providers is cut-throat (good for your wallet :)
Overall, Food, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Travel, Nightlife: was the same price as at home.
Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
If you wanna open a bank account in Canada during your stay, it may be a good idea to check out CIBC, they had good deals for students (especially if you stay as a client at least 90 days and keep a minimum of 1000 CAD in the account). However, always check the latest information with different banks, things may change with time...
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by danielsoncarl, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
International Relations, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
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
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
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!


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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