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International students

Travelling to Canada to study at McMaster? We’re here to help make your transition as smooth as possible.

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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.

Undergraduate students:

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.

Graduate students:

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.

International graduate students can find housing information and resources here: Mac Off-Campus Housing

International students who will be living in residence can find updated information here.

Undergraduate students:

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.