McGill and Bishop’s Visit

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McGill – founded in 1821 – heart of city.  Very international, very safe.  Montreal very safe city.  2 campuses – downtown.  Started with medical faculty.

Can be very cold but usually doesn’t last (apart from last year! – Jan and Feb).  Varies.

Very green, flanked by the mountain (hill!).  Gated campus.  Older and modern buildings.  McDonald campus – rural.  Montreal is on an island in the St Lawrence river.  School of agriculture, bio-resource engineering programme.  30 minutes on free shuttle bus.  Live in residence there.

20% international students, lots of travel available.  2 campuses, both very green.  Guaranteed housing, costs reasonable in Québec.  Reduced fees if French citizen.  300 programmes, 11 faculties.  ES – arts, management, education.  Major programmes or concentrations (minor needed in another programme).  Major in Econ, minor in International Relations & electives or another minor (e.g. management).

Management would require 15 in Maths (ES).  Can make 2 choices – you will be reviewed for both your choices.  If miss Mgt, can do Econ, Maths or minor in Mgt.  Or can do inter-Faculty transfer.

Exchange programmes – a year can be done somewhere else – Australia, Budapest, Hong Kong etc.  Also internship possibilities available.  Usually paid.  Can increase profile.  Traditional dorms at base of the « mountain ».  Less traditional – converted hotels – double rooms and double beds.  Sharing common spaces.

Applications – you will be reviewed on 1ère and 1st trimestre of Terminale (and maybe 2nd).  Proof of English proficiency.  When you apply, you get a PIN number for Minerva – online docs system.  You can always check via this system – all done via Minerva – must keep checking.

If you are expecting a 17 overall, apply for a Major Scholarship (anticipate 2 letters of recommendation).

English A in IB will satisfy English requirement.

Advanced Standing credit available for IB, Matu and Bac students – EXCEPT IN SCIENCE PROGRAMMES.  30 credits of advanced standing given for French Bac – 3 years instead of 4 years.  Less so for Swiss Matu – arts, education, management can get advanced standing. BA, BComm, BEd.

Agriculture and Environmental Science – 12s, 13s.  14s and 15s in 1ère would be needed for most courses.   For Education – 12s would be ok in 1ère and 1st semestre of Terminale.

Swiss Matu – 4.5 overall or slightly lower sometimes (for Arts).  For Business, probably 4.7, 4.8.  Standard Maths is good but Advanced Maths would be necessary for Engineering. (This should be checked).

For Management, 14.7 was the minimum last year for overall and Maths.

15 in French Bac, 15.5-16 in Engineering, Management 14.5 if S, 15 if ES.

BISHOP’S – see

Sherbrooke – 1 hour from Montréal, 2.4k students, similar to small liberal arts college style.  English borough surrounded by French boroughs.  Small classes – 29 students average, no teaching assistants teaching courses.  Guaranteed room in 1st year.

Weather is cold and can be VERY cold but the winter is dry.

12 minimum in bac, 26 IB points, 4.5 Matu.  If IB 28 points, 3 years not 4 and a scholarship.

Promotional code will give you 50% of price of applying.  IELTS 6.5, CAE C.

If French citizen, $3.5k per year, otherwise $16k-18k.  All -in-costs – international, CHF 23K, French CHF 10K.

2 years before – avoid living in Canada if French citizen.