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| OK so, for an anglophone or a english speaking (mostly) individual, this might NOT be where you want to end up. Though the English litt. Dept. is great! But if you are to take undergraduate programs in french, you must master the language first OR fast. You will be tested... For francophones and superb bilinguals, this is a "not bad" university: Some students complain that they are treated like highschool students. They are VERY proud of the french language and participate heavily in student associations. Thus, for us anglophones: Tread carefullyyy! OK, seriously though, MY experience (subject to biases = Warning, do not take this for faith)in the BIO department was great: Great teacher (only had one for now = biased opinion) but complains often about the school. In the psy department I have had great teachers except for one... Ok nooow this is NOT to be taken seriously, this is what I have noticed and I am sharing my observations: Profs NOT coming from Qc and/or not born in Quebec, tend to have greater knowledge as to HOW to teach their course material... Having parents work in Education for 25+ years, I grew up in both educational systems: French (father = Univesite de Sherbrooke) and English (mother = Carlton/McGill). What I'm trying to explain is that, I believe that English education has advantages over french, example: Scientific researches. Most articles published are shared and viewed in English...it takes time before it is translated to french : Bishop's University has a Neuroscience program...UdeM does not... Most profs here don't know how epigenetics influences the world of psychology! Finally: Not so bad Uni for francos, might want to consider more carefully for anglos/bilingual!... BTW Im not saying McGill is better, having a competitive edge over most students doesnt make you better at what you want to do in life and McGIll is all about competitive edge... Again, from what I hear (biased opinion I guess). |
|Apr 06 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| Please take in account that I'm a commuter student so I cannot comment on dorms. First, the academics. I have gotten mostly good professors although, as with any extra-large school (and I do really mean it, since there's 40,000+ students there, not counting Polytechnique and HEC) there are professors who suck at teaching, big classes (although second-year classes get smaller) and, of course, tutorials taught by TAs.|
Next, safety. It is actually one of the safer schools you could get into, as there's not nearly as many crimes committed on campus, despite all the nightlife around the city.
And, most of the time, student government is nothing like what you are used to. There are student unions for virtually every department (all students are unionized and the student unions represent students) and they work more like labor unions than a normal SG.
Two downsides I've met during my time: some top-floor bathrooms seemed to be in poor condition and Roger-Gaudry classrooms didn't have power sockets so students that brought laptops to class had to pray their battery didn't fail them during classes. Otherwise, any problems you may encounter there are common to all extra-large schools.One final piece of advice: if your French isn't at an AP-level (unlike most of the students there), you're going to spend four long years playing catch-up with respect to French even though there are a great number of courses where English-language textbooks are the norm.
|Oct 11 2012|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| This university is not good for undergraduates. You are treated as a source of income for the university, the class sizes are too big even in senior years and there is no social life to speak of. The professors are too busy to give you the time of day and the bureaucracy you have to fight with is crazy. I do not recommend this university at all. |
|Feb 14 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |