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Seeking Readmission

The readmission application for Winter 2019 is now closed.  Students who wish to resume their studies must apply for the following term on March 1st.

Students who wish to complete their undergraduate degree after an absence of one or more academic terms must submit an electronic readmission application on Minerva.

Student who are in unsatisfactory standing must also submit an electronic readmission application on Minerva. Please refer to the section Unsatisfactory Standing in the Application procedures below.

Application dates

To begin your studies in the Summer term readmission module opens: March 1
deadline to apply: June 10
To begin your studies in the Fall term readmission module opens: March 1
deadline to apply: July 15
To begin your studies in the Winter term readmission module opens: October 1
deadline to apply: November 15

Application procedures

  • Students must log-in to Minerva and select:
    • Students
    • Student Records Menu
    • Faculty Transfer and Readmission Menu
  • In the "Student Comments" section of the application form, ALL students must state the reasons for their absence from the University, give a summary of their activities during that period and provide their current email address if their McGill email is inactive. Students should also be aware of time limits for the completion of degrees.
  • If you are planning to pursue an Independent Study Away in the semester in which you are applying for readmission, please explain your study away plans in the “Student Comments” section and indicate the name of the host university you plan to attend, confirming that the school is on our list of approved host universities. Once your readmission has been “Faculty-Approved”, you must accept the readmission offer before you can proceed with a Minerva Study Away application by the required deadline. (See “How to Apply”). 

  • If you no longer have access to Minerva, you will need to contact Service Point to be reactivated.

Absence due to a Medical Reason

If you left the University for medical reasons, you need to indicate so in the "Student Comments" section. You are also required to submit supporting documentation indicating that you are ready to resume your studies prior to the deadline. Please have your healthcare provider complete the Healthcare Provider Approval Form.

All required documents must be sent to the following address:

Assistant to the Associate Dean (Student Affairs)

Faculty of Arts OASIS

Dawson Hall, Room 110

853 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

H3A 0G5         

Studies at Another University During Absence

If you studied at another university during your absence from McGill, you must indicate this in the “Student Comment” section of your Minerva “Request for Readmission” and include the name of the institution and the list of course(s) in which you were enrolled.

In order for your request for transfer credit to be reviewed, you must complete the following steps:

Before Readmission:

Step 1 – Approved Institution

Confirm that the school you attended is listed on our lists of pre-approved institutions, grouped by continent. If yes, proceed with step 2.

If the host institution is not on our lists of pre-approved institutions, please send an email to Studyaway.arts [at] from your McGill email account. Remember to include:

  1. Your McGill student number and indicate that this host institution request is linked to your Minerva “Request for Readmission”
  2. The name of the institution you attended
  3. The country in which the school is located
  4. The month(s) and year(s) attended

The Study Away Team will contact you with further instructions.

Step 2 – Official Transcript

An official transcript (including course number and final grade) must be sent directly from the host institution to the following address:

Assistant to the Associate Dean (Student Affairs),

Faculty of Arts OASIS,

Dawson Hall, Room 110,

853 Sherbrooke Street West,

Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 0G5

ATTN: Lucyna Lach

After Readmission:

Step 3 – Course Equivalency Assessment

If you have the course syllabi for the course(s) you completed at the host university, you can begin the assessment of course content process on McGill’s Course Equivalency System and select “HELP and See #5 Course Equivalency Assessment in our Transfer Credit Policy.

Step 4 – Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment Form

Once your courses have been assessed for equivalency on the McGill Course Equivalency System, you must enter these courses on the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment Form. (See #6 Transfer Credit Assessment Form.

Once these steps have been completed, your request for readmission and transfer credit request will be reviewed. In the meantime, a SAO warning will be placed on your Minerva student record to remind you that you have outstanding information to provide to Arts OASIS.

A “Registrar’s Hold” may be placed on your record if the above steps have not been completed by the end of your readmitted term. This hold will prevent you from making changes to your student record or ordering official transcripts on Minerva. You may be charged a fee for any change that needs to be made to your student record after government reporting deadlines have passed.  

Transfer credit that is reported after government reporting deadlines have passed has a more complex reporting structure and may have fee assessment implications. Please contact Student Accounts for information on the amount of this charge.

Unsatisfactory Standing

If your most recent standing was unsatisfactory as indicated on your transcript, you must apply for readmission on Minerva. Readmission will be granted only when proof of extenuating circumstances that affected your academic performance can be provided (e.g. medical or other documentation).

In the “Student Comments” section of the application form you must:

  • Describe the extenuating circumstances which affected your academic performance.  Please consult the Guide for self assessment of past academic performance first as this may help you describe your situation and improve your performance if readmitted
  • Explain how the problems you experienced would be under control or no longer applicable if you were readmitted.
  • In the case of poor performance due to medical problems, provide medical documentation confirming that your health is now such that they are able to continue their studies. Please have your healthcare provider complete the Healthcare Provider Approval Form.
  • Provide other supporting documents (e.g. employer's letter, counsellor's letter) where appropriate.

All required documents must be sent to:

Assistant to the Associate Dean (Student Affairs)

Faculty of Arts OASIS

Dawson Hall, Room 110

853 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

H3A 0G5         

Simultaneous Readmission and Inter-Faculty Transfer into Arts

Students who are withdrawn and want to apply for a transfer to the BA degree must submit a readmission request and select Arts as Faculty, they should not be using the Inter-faculty transfer request.

For information regarding eligibility, deadlines, and procedures, please consult our Inter-Faculty Transfer page.

If you have questions, please come set up a drop-in appointment at Arts OASIS with the Inter-Faculty Transfer Coordinator.


If you are readmitted, your rate of tuition may be different from when you last were enrolled at McGill. For more information, be sure to visit Student Accounts.

Quebec Students

All students in Quebec must have a valid Permanent Code. This should appear on your unofficial transcript near your name on Minerva. If it is missing, see the legal documents page for information on how to obtain a Permanent Code.

International Students

If you are an international student readmitted to McGill, you must possess a valid Study Permit and CAQ, including a valid Permanent Code, for the duration of your remaining studies at McGill.

If you are readmitted and your documents have already expired, you must first register for courses and then apply for and obtain renewed immigration documents before the start of classes.

For more information, visit legal documents. For assistance please contact International Student Services. Consult the Minerva “View your Tuition and Legal Status” page to see if your record at McGill reflects your most recent immigration status in Canada.


Students are required to verify (on Minerva) the status and comments in their application on Minerva frequently to determine whether any additional information is required by the Associate Dean’s Office.

Students will receive an email notification once an application decision has been made and the status on MINERVA has been changed to “Faculty Approved”. It is MANDATORY to accept or decline the readmission offer on MINERVA. This must be done within three weeks of the change of status to avoid cancellation of the offer.

If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact advisor.arts [at]

Please note that readmission decisions are made independently of financial information. If outstanding fees or fines are owed to the University, registration will not be permitted until the hold(s) have been resolved even if readmission has been granted.