Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will continue to offer support to those who require accommodations. Students with accessibility needs will be encouraged to contact their professors and supervisors to communicate their academic accommodation needs, which will be supported by SAS as needed.
Travelling to Canada to study at McMaster? We’re here to help make your transition as smooth as possible.
International students can travel to Canada with an approved/valid Canadian study permit.
Undergraduate students: Please visit the International Student Services office website to access current information and to receive the supports to be successful. For further details on MacCheck and vaccination updates for international undergraduate students, please visit the Student Success Centre’s website.
For ongoing updates around vaccine requirements for travel, please visit this page.
Graduate students: Please visit the School of Graduate Studies website to access current information and details about supports available.
All new and returning international undergraduate students are required to sign up for the new iCent app. This app ensures we have the proper information to support you and help you make the most of your time at McMaster.
Undergraduate students can download the app by following the instructions here.
All new and returning international graduate students who are planning to travel to Canada are required to declare their travel plans on the iCent app. The iCent app will provide detailed information about the arrival process.
Graduate students can download the app by following the instructions here.
The Student Success Centre has developed a series of webinars about adjusting to life in Canada: finding housing, applying for and extending your study permit, and other topics that will help you get settled into the McMaster community.
The School of Graduate Studies, in partnership with the Student Success Centre and other service units across McMaster, has developed a series of webinars about adjusting to life and study in Canada. Visit Grad Studies’ Orientation Webinar Library featuring past webinars and links to upcoming events for those starting in the January 2022 term.
Whether you want to pair up with an upper-year buddy or connect with friends from your home region, there are lots of ways to meet friends at Mac — even if you’re studying online. Check out the peer support page at the Student Success Centre.
Graduate students beginning their studies:
You have an opportunity to connect with a fellow grad student through the School of Graduate Studies’ International Graduate Navigators program. Navigators provide support from the perspective of a shared cultural background using a shared language that will help new students feel at home.
The latest information from the Government of Canada about how COVID-19 might affect you, including travel and quarantine requirements, what to do if your study permit is expiring and applying for post-graduation work permits.
Archway, McMaster’s program for all first-year students, makes sure you feel supported by a community, no matter where you are. Archway connects you with one-on-one coaches, mentors and a community of friends based on your interests.
All the tips, recommendations and resources you need to set up your device for learning remotely or on campus, courtesy of University Technology Services (UTS).
At the same link, you’ll find a live chat that connects you with IT support to ask questions about your MACID and other logins you might need to get ready for the fall term.
Mental health supports will be available virtually with limited in person sessions for students. Resources such as WellTrack and an upcoming online program called TAO will be available for clients to work interactively with therapists in a virtual setting.
For more information on wellness resources for students, please visit the Student Wellness Centre website.
Students who may be experiencing financial emergencies can seek financial support for food, rent, or other expenses. Incoming and current students can find the latest information on financial assistance, awards and enrollment on the Registrar’s website: https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/about/#tab-10
If you require individual support, the Registrar’s Office provides support on their website via Chat Bot, Live Chat and in-person support in Gilmour Hall, room 108.
Academic skills programs are here to support your development in key areas, such as reading, writing and studying. Whether you seek support for in-person or online course components, the Student Success Centre offers services for anyone who wants to become more efficient and effective in their studies.
Grad students have unique challenges in the hybrid learning environment, from completing a thesis to navigating campus research guidelines.
The graduate student hub is the place where you will find information specific to beginning your life as a grad student at McMaster – links to resources and services, as well as a calendar of orientation sessions open to all grad students.