McGill University

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THE World University Rankings 2022
27 th
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Price: 158 EUR 158 EUR
Contact 845 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0G4, Canada

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McGill is the oldest university in Montreal and one of just three English-language universities in Quebec. It is a public research institution that takes its name from Glaswegian merchant, James McGill, whose bequest in 1813 led to the formation of McGill College. In 1829 it was established as the nation’s first faculty of medicine. The university is made up of 11 faculties, with 11 schools, all housed in 300 buildings. It caters for roughly 40,000 students, 24% of whom come from over 150 countries. This makes it the most internationally diverse medical-doctoral university in Canada. It offers degrees and diplomas in over 300 areas of study. McGill has an alumni network of roughly 250,000 living in over 180 countries. These include singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, actor William Shatner and astronaut Dave Williams. It also boasts 12 Nobel Prize winners and 140 Rhodes Scholars, more than any other university in the country. Eureka moments associated with McGill include the discovery that atoms can be divided, the first map of the brain’s motor cortex, and the invention of Plexiglas. McGill also lays claim to the invention of modern American football, hockey and basketball. The main campus of the university is in downtown Montreal at the foot of Mount Royal. Next to the main campus is Milton Parc, an urban area that is home to many of the university’s students. The second campus is 18 miles west of the university in a more rural environment. McGill has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1926, an organisation comprising the top North American research universities. It is also a founding member of Universitas 21, which is an international network of leading research-intensive institutions that work collaboratively to enhance global reach and encourage international scope. The university library is made up of 13 smaller branches and holds over six million items in total.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Medicine and Healthcare, Social Science, Law, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology

Location

Canada
Montreal, Quebec, 845 Sherbrooke Street West

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The highly international student body, in combination with top quality academics, results in a intensely globally minded university experience. In addition, it is very easy to establish professional relationships with professors, who tend to be...

The highly international student body, in combination with top quality academics, results in a intensely globally minded university experience. In addition, it is very easy to establish professional relationships with professors, who tend to be among the best in their respective fields. I would highly recommend.

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McGill and Montreal give you the full experience as a student. Great reputation worldwide, great quality in terms of students and staff. The city is beautiful and fun. Multicultural city. You have the best of the US and Europe.

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McGill University consistently ranks amongst the top 3 universities in Canada and among the top 50 in the world. It is a large research institution which has been praised for the quality of research it produces. Yet, the life of an undergraduate...

McGill University consistently ranks amongst the top 3 universities in Canada and among the top 50 in the world. It is a large research institution which has been praised for the quality of research it produces. Yet, the life of an undergraduate at McGill is hard, cold, and lonesome. While I'll spare you the details, my main quarrels with McGill are with its size and research oriented approach. Firstly, it is incredibly hard to make academic connections. Unless you have found an academic passion you ready to geek-out about, and are willing to talk to professors about your said new-found passion, it is hard to form genuine connections with the professors. This is not because they don't care (some don't and are too busy citing their sources), but rather because, to them, you are student 6029. Furthermore, for such a large university, there seem to be a substantially under-staffed, under-funded, and under-thought, student services sector. The health clinic is abysmally slow, the mental health resources probably make issues worse, and academic help is hard to come by. That being said, there are many resources that are good and useful, you just need to find them. No one is going to show you. Also, a word of warning, the grading here is HARD. McGill isn't an easy place to thrive. You can thrive here, but be ready to cram. All of this being said, I can't love Montreal enough. From the cheap rent, to the cheap beer, to the international vibe. McGill, mostly due to Montreal and the people, is still a great place to study. Especially, if you're from Canada, or can afford the tuition here. Tuition is cheaper than most mid-tier U.S liberal arts colleges and probably better. Plus, I doubt the U.S will remain a bastion for excellence in higher education much longer. Education can't and shouldn't be commercialized the way it is today. Bottom line: McGill is a good place to study, you'll get prestige, recognition, a nice, cheap, and clean city, with many cool people. You will however feel isolated, frustrated, and probably incredibly happy to be done. Oh and one final word of advice, try to be passionate about you're going to study! If you, like me, chose something you can only muster marginal energy for, you'll, like me, end up grumpy and frowny. Lots of love though!

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After a first year at McGill, I experienced the great social life and high standard academics. The university enables me to study multiple fields of practice such as art history, management, and social sciences which is a huge plus. The...

After a first year at McGill, I experienced the great social life and high standard academics. The university enables me to study multiple fields of practice such as art history, management, and social sciences which is a huge plus. The association and clubs offer is wide and for everyone. Although courses and workload are hard, I wouldn’t change it for the world

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Loved the location - downtown Montreal is ideal for student Life. Very easy to get involved on campus through research opportunities and club activities. Fantastic faculty and professors with cutting edge expertise in their respective fields.

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The thing that stroke me the most there was the diversity and how international it was. Life on campus was great and eye-opening, especially for somebody who didn’t grow up in North America. You also make lasting friendships and McGill generates...

The thing that stroke me the most there was the diversity and how international it was. Life on campus was great and eye-opening, especially for somebody who didn’t grow up in North America. You also make lasting friendships and McGill generates great professional networking opportunities.

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It is sometimes so surreal to be studying at Mcgill. I find myself forgetting what a privilege it is to be here, and whenever I do acknowledge the campus that surrounds me I’m always so amazed. Physically it is a beautiful school, no doubt about...

It is sometimes so surreal to be studying at Mcgill. I find myself forgetting what a privilege it is to be here, and whenever I do acknowledge the campus that surrounds me I’m always so amazed. Physically it is a beautiful school, no doubt about it. The profs are almost always excellent, and the classes are super interesting. It is extremely tough, as expected from a higher ranked university in Canada. But sometimes the atmosphere gets far too competitive, and the workload is almost suffocating. The lecture halls are massive, so being able to ask questions is nearly impossible, which makes keeping up with the workload a lot harder. There aren’t enough amenities concerning student wellness, for example, the mental health services are lacking- but it’s not their fault that it’s incredibly understaffed. Another thing I would bring up is that it’s really hard to meet people, it’s a really individualistic university and socializing is something you really have to work for. There really isn’t a sense of community, unfortunately. Then again, the main complaints I have (workload too intense for students thus creating a really stressful environment, no amenities for students who are incredibly stressed, super individualistic) are all pretty characteristic of a highly regarded university.

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