McGill University, Montreal
Quebec, Canada | Public
Established in 1821 by the royal charter, McGill University is a celebrated public research university in Montreal. Named after a popular Montreal merchant, James McGill. It is one of the two Canadian universities in Association of American Universities. It is the only Canadian member of the Global University Leaders Forum within the World Economic Forum which has 26 universities of the world. Its five largest faculties are Arts, Science, Medicine, Engineering and Management.
Average Living Expenses (Bachelors)
Average Living Expenses (Masters)
CA$50 - CA$126
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McGill's 80-acre main campus is in downtown, at the foot of Mount Royal. Being in the exact middle of downtown, everything is just a few minutes walk away. Shopping is said to be famous on St. Catherine and bars on St. Laurent road. Montreal as a city can offer you food at any cost- from low to super expensive.
With some 300 buildings, the architecture of the campus is very interesting. It has a few Gothic buildings to really old Victorian style buildings and some being Roman style too. The campus is very green and pleasant to be in. Overall it is dotted with statues and grey old style buildings. It is one of the 17 most beautiful campuses in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. It has beautiful and really old trees. The 'Redpath Museum' on campus is especially a tourist attraction which can transport you back to 68 million years. McCord Museum of Canadian History and Rutherford Museum are also located within the campus.
'Le Salon' built in 1861, is a great place to meet entrepreneurs and coworkers. This building looks like an old-style church because it was one!
Around 3000 students live in on-campus housing. But those are reserved for the first year students. Overall, Montreal as a city is cheaper than Vancouver and Toronto. It is even doable on a $200 budget, but of course, if you have more money to spend, you will find luxurious apartments too. There's a neighbourhood near the east of the downtown campus which is called the 'McGill Ghetto' for so many students live there! The Plateau' and 'Verdun' are popular for comparatively cheaper rents.
The class sizes are small for graduate students. The professors and TAs are friendly and approachable. The exam evaluation and markings can be difficult for international students to understand but they may have to approach the professors to understand the grading system. Engineering professors are said to be particularly top-notch and experts in their fields.
Students should not expect professors to give extra credits because they won't. The academic standards here are very high.
Jobs and placements
The New office of Google in Canada is right opposite McGill University. Microsoft is one of the major recruiters from McGill and it is said that most decently intelligent people make it McGill. Students say if you get decent grades, getting a good job won't be an issue. If you want to get into big banks like Goldman Sachs, McGill is the place. The career services department takes proper workshops and mock interviews to prepare you for the final job interviews. Apart from that, the startup scene is good too. So you can get resourceful internships too.