Introduction to technology tools


Navigating McGill's graduate tech resources

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A message from Campus Life & Engagement, the one office dedicated to new McGill students.


Hi Campus Life & Engage!


Read on to learn more about the many technological tools you have access to as a graduate student at McGill. If you’re looking for more information, don’t forget to check out the Technologies module of GradLife Orientation on MyCourses.




Take Note!

  1. Your email address (usually in the form of is the only official way the University will communicate with you. You can access your email directly through Microsoft Office 365 Outlook Web App (OWA). You can also receive your McGill email on any Exchange-capable smartphone. Learn how to configure your mobiles device to use email at McGill. You may also refer to FAQs for Email on Office 365. You can set up or change your email password through Minerva.

  2. The McGill Virtual Private Network (VPN) will grant you access to e-resources on the McGill network (like the Library e-resources), wherever you are.

  3. Once you have registered for courses, you will have licensed access to Zoom, the video-conferencing tool that facilitates webinars, virtual events, and remote classes at McGill, as well as to the full Office 365 suite, including the collaboration tool Teams.

  4. Two-factor authentication (2FA) will be activated on your McGill account. 2FA is essential to web security because it gives you the power to protect your data and the integrity of McGill’s network, even if someone obtains your password. Learn how to set up your 2FA.


For more resources available to students, please visit the IT Services website, and their Welcome New Students: IT Services Orientation article.



Want to connect with your peers? Join an upcoming Marlet Mixer (held every other Monday beginning May 17th) or sign up for one of our faculty-specific networking events. You can find more information and register on the Summer Socials page.


And don’t forget to network with your peers in the Graduate Entering Class Facebook Group.

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Want to learn more about using Zoom effectively? Check out one of the upcoming Learning with Zoom webinars:

  • Tuesday, June 8 at 6pm Eastern, or
  • Friday, June 11 at 10am Eastern

Next week, our email will tackle where and when graduate students register for courses. In the meantime, if you have questions about graduate life at McGill, send us an email at, or reach out to IT Services with any tech questions you may have.


Gilbert Lin

Manager, Orientation & Student Engagement | Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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