Fall - Downtown Campus

Orientation is a great time for all new graduate students to familiarize themselves with the University and find answers to any question they might have.

Orientation Week events for new graduate students include:


Grads Connect

Thursday, August 29, 2019 (time, details and location TBC)


Grads Connect (GX) kicks off Discover McGill Day with social networking and team-building activities to connect graduate students with one another as well as with some of the great resources at their disposal. If you are interested in meeting other incoming graduate students, having fun, getting to know the downtown campus, and the chance at winning some great prizes, this is the event for you!


During the first half of GX, you will get to know your peers while participating in fun activities and enjoying a lunch (provided by Campus Life &  Engagement) at Mont-Royal Park. In the second half of the event, you will work in teams to compete for prizes in our campus-spanning Amazing Race.


The Grads Connect Amazing Race leads directly into the Discover McGill Welcome Event, where all GX participants will be able to skip the check-in line.


Discover McGill Graduate Services Fair

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - (Time, details and location TBC)

This university orientation will provide you with information and introductions that will help ensure you have a strong start to your graduate career at McGill. Representatives from each of the Students Services as well as the University administrative and support services will be available for you to meet and to provide you with answers to your questions.

During the Services Fair...

You will have the opportunity to attend one of the "More to Discover about McGill!" info sessions. This information session will provide you with a series of short introductions to some notable services here at McGill for graduate students and educate you on how to navigate and best use these services during your time here.

After Discover McGill...

Discover McGill is followed by a Welcome Back BBQ Bash hosted by the Post Graduate Students' Society (PGSS). Each year the PGSS hosts a wide variety of social events exclusively for graduate students of McGill, including excursion, trivia nights, Thomson House parties and more!


Discover McGill Academic Expectations

Monday, August 26 - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (details tbc)

These workshops are geared toward students new to graduate studies and aim to provide an introduction to many of the services here at McGill, and how to navigate and best use these services during your studies. A special series of workshops on applying for funding is also offered.


Macdonald Campus Orientation

Friday, August 30, 2019 (details tbc)

In addition to the orientation events held downtown, all students in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to attend the Macdonald Campus Orientation events for information specific to their campus, as well as the opportunity to meet and learn more about their fellow students and the Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Society.


PGSS Orientation & Social Events

Dates Vary

Your Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) plans a number of social and informative events for new grad students and postdocs. These events are great opportunities to network and meet new friends, explore Montreal, and inform yourself about resources available to you.


Departmental Orientations

Dates Vary

Take advantage of orientation and information sessions organized by your department. For information on departmental orientations, wait to hear from your department or contact your Graduate Program Coordinator (for contact information, consult a list of graduate program contacts).


Attention International Students

International Student Services offers orientation and transition support programming for new international students. Ensure you don't miss out by checking out the International Student Services Orientation website!