Short Immersion Program

Student Handbook for Short Immersion Program

It is a great pleasure to have you join us at McGill. We are proud of our program and our city, and this website was prepared to help you get the most out of your stay with us. Of course, please ask your teachers, monitors or anyone in the program team if you have questions or need help with anything. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Important Contacts
Questions or concerns? Get in touch with McGill staff and others working on this program.
Your Homestay
You will be staying in a homestay with a Canadian family. In Canada, families are all very different.
What to Bring
As you prepare for your trip to Canada, please check this page for suggestions and advice.
McGill University
Welcome to McGill University - one of the world’s great universities.
Getting Around the City
Montreal has an excellent public transit system. It is safe and fast, and you can get almost anywhere with it.
Health
For Medical Emergencies, call 9-1-1. This number is for ambulance, fire, police, poison, or any other emergency.
Weather in Montreal
For visitors to the city, the weather in Montreal can be very strange. It is very hot in the summer, very cold in the winter.
French Words
In Montreal, you will hear many languages, but this is the second largest French-speaking city in the world (after Paris).
Food in Quebec
Montreal is a great food city, full of excellent restaurants, and food from all over the world.
Money
Coins and Paper Money Canada uses the dollar for its currency. Paper money comes in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills.
Shopping in Montreal
Montreal is a great shopping city. There are dozens of shopping centres and interesting shopping streets.
Notre Dame Basilica interior
Places to Go in Montreal
Montreal is an interesting city with many places to go to see, to learn, and to have fun.
Media and Communications
Montreal has lots of media in English that you can listen to or read to help you practice English.
Travelling Outside Montreal
Montreal is not Canada, and Canada is not Montreal. The city has lots to see but during your stay, maybe you should try to see some other cities in Canada.