It’s been said elsewhere but I’ll say it again – going on exchange was one of the best decisions of my life. Besides the usual adventure of travel, studying abroad allows you to really integrate into another student culture, and make friends around the world.

I studied mainly 2XX level biological and biomedical sciences at Mcgill, which I found to be reasonably similar in difficulty to UQ. If you’re deciding what courses to take, feel free to email me! I took BIOL 201, BIOL 202, BIOL 205, ANAT 262 and ANAT 182. I found that I had enough free time to get out of the city on trips fairly often, although I crammed heaps at exam time!

Montreal is a fantastic city. French and English are both widely spoken, which gives the city a really unique vibe. The bar scene is great – check out Biftek, Korova, and Bar des Pins. On Thursdays the arts faculty puts on $1beers from 4-9, which isn’t bad to head to with some mates. BYO cup. It’s well worth your time to head down to the Old City, and also check out the musée des beaux-arts.

Most important to the exchange experience are the friends you make. I met and got to know tons of people, and the trip really wouldn’t have been the same without them. Canadians are really friendly, and being a foreigner is enough to start a conversation! Get involved with MISN, it’s the international student society at McGill and it really helped to meet some people when you’re new in town.

Finally, I’d just like to thank the UQ Abroad office for making this all possible. It’s been great!

Top 5

  • Join MISN! It’s a great way to meet people when you’re new in town. Try to go on their ski trip if you’re in the right semester.
  • Hit the bars. Montreal has a great selection.
  • Try to get a place in the student ghetto. I lived there and ut was great!
  • Visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts. I’m not super into art, but it’s fantastic!
  • Head to Lola Rosa’s on Rue Milton to grab some good chow. The bookstore near there, The Word, is also pretty good.

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