McGill's historic campus in Montreal is an oasis of green space poised at the foot of Mount Royal Park and facing the city's commercial district. James McGill's original gift has been expanded over the years thanks to numerous other bequests from generous philanthropists and graduates. McGill boasts an impressive faculty. While classes are often large, professors are usually extremely accessible, and there are many stellar professors in all departments.
Macdonald Campus is set on 1,600 wooded acres edging the shores of Lac St-Louis, a half-hour drive west of downtown (a free bus is available to and from the downtown campus). The campus is home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and its School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. Programs in the McGill School of Environment are also offered here.
Urban universities generally boast the advantages of rich cultural, educational and recreational offerings, and McGill is no exception - but Montreal is no ordinary city! It consistently makes the short list for most livable cities of the world. With a population of over 3 million, Montreal thrives as one of the world's largest French-speaking cities while remaining the third largest English-speaking center in Canada. A cultural crossroads, Montreal has always combined both French and English traditions of Canada.Physically beautiful, with Mount Royal Park at its center and streetscapes honoring centuries gone by, Montreal has much to offer students and visitors: fantastic sports events, bountiful recreational opportunities, world-class concerts and entertainment, great shopping, even better restaurants - from bagel houses to haute cuisine - and clubs and coffee houses beating to every rhythm. In nice weather, Sundays are often spent in Mount Royal Park, with a large drum circle and local vendors peddling their wares.
3.0 GPA and at least 2 semesters completed at UVA
Semester 1: early September - mid December
Semester 2: early January - late April
In order to assist incoming students as much as possible, the University has developed a range of housing services. Students pursuing their studies at Macdonald Campus are guaranteed residence space on that campus. Housing in Montreal, however, is extremely competitive. Expect to arrive in the city early in order to search for accommodation. For more information visit McGill University Exchange Student Guide
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on the insurance web page
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia is now a Killam Fellowship University Partner. Students considering applying to study at McGill as an exchange student should strongly consider applying to this program. The Killam Fellowships Program offers a cash award of $10,000 US ($5,000 US per semester), along with an allowance to offset the cost of health insurance in the currency of the host country. Please note Killam Fellowship Applications open in September and are due in January of the year before the student's planned term abroad, so students will need to plan ahead and complete their exchange application early to accommodate this deadline. Please contact the Education Abroad Advisor for this program for more information.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will provide students accepted to this exchange with the appropriate documents required to apply for a visa, for those who do not hold a US passport. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.