Welcome to McGill University and the Faculty of Arts!
All incoming students will want to review the First Year Guide, the Academic Planning section of this website and the Accepted students website, as well as the information for students of your type (i.e. U0, U1, Exchange, Visiting, Second Degree, etc.) in this section.
If you're not sure which type of incoming student you are... keep reading!
A U0 student has 0-23 credits of advanced standing
- If you are coming to McGill directly from high school and entering with 0 to 23 credits of Advanced Standing, then you will be a Freshman student (U0) and will complete the Arts Freshman Program during your first year.
A U1 student has 24 or more credits of advanced standing
- Incoming students entering from CEGEP who have completed a DEC/DCS are automatically given 30 credits of advanced standing and enter in U1, as are students who have completed a French Baccalaureate, a European Baccalaureate, and some Bologna-compliant high school programs.
- Incoming students who completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma or Certificates (IB), Advanced Level (AL) or Advanced Placement (AP) exams, may also be U1 students, if they receive at least 24 credits of advanced standing based on their examination results. These students may receive a maximum of 30 credits of advanced standing. Tables showing advanced standing credits and specific course exemptions that may be earned from these results can be found here.
University transfer credits
If you have completed university courses at another institution prior to entering McGill, you may also receive advanced standing in your degree. As part of the admissions process, you must submit transcripts from all previous studies. An Admissions Officer will review your record and assign any eligible advanced standing credits as general (TRNS XXX) transfer credit.
For information on how to articulate university transfer credits, if necessary, please review the Transfer student section.
It is important that you verify if you will be granted advanced standing and/or course exemptions for studies completed prior to entering McGill. Please note that you will not be given additional credit towards your degree for any McGill course if you have already received a course exemption for this course as part of your advanced standing. For detailed information about advanced standing transfer credits and course exemptions, please review the regulations on the Transfer Credit website and in the eCalendar.