New Webinars Added and Important Reminders!

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


Hi Campus Life & Engage,


Happy Monday from CL&E! We’re only two months away from starting the Fall 2020 semester—and we’ve got a bunch of important reminders and resources in this email to help you plan your entry into Graduate Studies at McGill. We also added new webinars to our summer offerings! Be sure to sign up for those.



Important Dates


Course Registration


Course registration opens July 7 at 9:00 am EST, and you will have until August 14 to register without incurring late fees.




  • Work Study Program application opens: July 1, 2020
  • First e-Bill issued: early August
  • Deadline to pay first e-bill: August 31, 2020

Health Insurance


Full-time graduate students are automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan. You may opt-out of the plan only if you can prove you have a health and dental plan equivalent to that offered by McGill. Opt-out periods depend on your residency: 


  • August 23 – September 29, 2020 for graduate students with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency studying on the Downtown and Macdonald campuses who are automatically enrolled in the PGSS Health & Dental Plan.
  • August 1 - September 30, 2020 for international graduate students who are automatically enrolled in the International Health Insurance Plan. International students are also enrolled in the PGSS Dental plan, which they can opt out of between August 23 and September 29, 2020.

Holidays (University closed)


  • Summer Fridays: July 3, 2020
  • Canada Day: July 1, 2020
  • Labour Day: September 7, 2020



Information regarding Graduate Orientation will be released in early-July so stay tuned!


Check out the complete list of important dates for the Fall 2020 semester available.



SURVEY: Planning for a Remote Fall Semester


Student Services welcomes your input to help design the programming and services we’ll be offering remotely this Fall. As an incoming Graduate student, your input is especially appreciated! By completing a 10-minute survey, you’ll be helping us make informed decisions about our offerings. Plus, participants will be automatically entered to win a prize!



July Webinars


CL&E has been hosting weekly webinars over the summer. If you haven’t attended yet, these webinars provide a great opportunity to hear from McGill experts from the comfort of your own home. Webinars are held on Zoom and we offer multiple sessions of each of our webinars, so don’t fret if you can’t make a certain time. Check out our website for a complete schedule.


GLO: Introduction to Graduate Studies – July 3 & 17


Everything you need to know about how to smoothly transition into the academic and social environments at McGill, including resources and advice. This webinar is the main GLO event and is offered multiple times throughout the summer! Be sure to sign up for one of the following 6 sessions. This webinar is hosted by your CL&E Graduate Orientation Team: Chris, Sam, and Sarah.


The GLO webinars are an integral part of the GradLife Online Orientation (the other being the GLO module in MyCourses) so be sure to register for one of the many sessions running throughout the summer!


Unlock your Potential: Introducing SKILLSETS – July 8 & 10


As you embark on your graduate degree, you might be thinking about where your degree could take you and what skills you'll need to get there. This one-hour webinar will give you an introduction to the SKILLSETS program, which provides out-of-classroom personal and professional development opportunities to complement the McGill graduate student experience. The webinar will also feature a Q&A period with current McGill grad students discussing how they have used these types of opportunities to help unlock their potential.


NEW - Montreal Healthcare Community  – July 13 & 15


Do you have questions about your healthcare options while studying at McGill? Find out about student health and wellness services available on campus, learn how to navigate off-campus health resources, and familiarize yourself with the Quebec healthcare system. Remote care options in the COVID-19 era will also be discussed.


NEW - Pathways and Plans: Career Development for Graduate Students – July 14


Come to this workshop to learn about strategies to support your professional and career development while at McGill, including MyPath and the resources at the Career Planning Services.


Grad Health 101: Understanding your Health Resources – July 21 & 22


In this webinar, you will have the opportunity to meet your Graduate Local Wellness Advisor (LWA) as well as the Post-Graduate Student Society Health Commissioner. They will present important information regarding your health resources on campus through the Wellness Hub, in addition to information regarding health and dental care plans.


NEW - Know Your Rights – July 28 & 31


The webinar presentation will explain the services that the LICM offers to students as well as answer common questions on residential leases and employment law.


Getting Involved – July 28 & 31


This webinar is hosted by Campus Life & Engagement, the Peer Programs Network, and the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS). Join us for an introduction to many of the pathways and opportunities for becoming involved in campus life at McGill. PGSS will share ways you can become involved in graduate student governance, members of the CL&E team will speak about resources for developing leadership skills, and a member of the Peer Programs Network will describe the volunteer programs and opportunities on campus.


Grad Student Resilience in Uncertain Times– July 29 & August 5


We get it. It isn't the greatest time right now for the world, for students, for workers, for everyone, really. This workshop will highlight ways grad students can foster resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Facilitated by current grad students Sam and Sarah from your GradLife Team, we'll talk about unconventional job opportunities, research and wellness strategies, and other ideas to keep you grounded. Special Guest: Devon Simpson, the Local Wellness Advisor dedicated to Graduate students!


NEW - Social Connections – August 7 & 14


We have all heard about the importance of social connections. This interactive webinar will cover some tips on making connections during the online semester and give you a chance to connect with other students virtually. We'll also talk about some self-care strategies for when you start feeling Zoom fatigue!



And that’s it from us! Again, if you ever find yourself with any questions about student life, feel free to email us at


See you next week,


Gilbert Lin

New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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