Welcome to the PGSS International Student Caucus (PGSS ISC) webpage!
The PGSS ISC is an informal team of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from various McGill departments committed to enhancing the postgraduate/postdoctoral student experience for McGill students.
Recently we conducted an international postgrad student survey to determine McGill students’ needs on a variety of issues, such as immigration, taxation, health care and career planning. Based on the outcomes of this survey, we aim to be a further resource to students, providing information and events that will help you to navigate and enjoy your time as a post-grad or post-doc at McGill.
Stay tuned as we continue to update our webpage with more information and coming activities!
We meet every fortnight during the semester, and our regular meeting schedule will be posted shortly. In the meantime, if you are interested in having a look at our international student survey report, or if you have any queries in general, please contact the committee via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
General links to McGill services for postgrads and postdocs:
Every McGill department has an academic staff member, a Graduate Program Director (GPD), who is responsible for services to its graduate programs and students and postdocs. Each department also has an administration staff member who assists the GPD. Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to find their GPD and GPC and get acquainted upon arrival.
Following are some McGill departments and McGill-affiliated associations that are valuable sources of information. We recommend taking some time to look at their websites and keeping up to date with their offerings of events and seminars.
International Student Services (ISS) http://www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/
ISS offers services such as welcome services and orientation activities, immigration and health insurance guidance, information sessions on issues such as taxation and permanent residency, financial information and social and cultural events.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/
GPS provides information for students about visa applications, admissions, relevant fellowships and awards, registration, healthcare, taxes, professional development, and McGill policies. It also gives a pre-departure checklist and some advice on what to do once you arrive in Montreal.
McGill International Student Network (MISN) http://www.misn.ca
MISN is a student-run network that assists international students with the transition into Montreal and McGill. They offer language exchange services, and provide various events and excursions around Quebec and Canada, and even internationally. Sign-up for their newsletter and you will easily be able to stay in touch with what’s happening.
Association of Postdoctoral Fellows (APF) http://postdocassociation.mcgill.ca/
APF is an association developed and managed by McGill postdoctoral fellows, providing valuable information specifically for postdocs about relevant issues such as pre-departure and arrival guides, life at McGill, taxation, and career development, as well as being a source of networking and information events.
At a national level, information relevant to post-docs can also be found at the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS-ACSP): https://sites.google.com/site/canadapostdoc/. The website provides information specifically related to postdocs, including news, taxes, and an FAQ