McGill partners with University of the People in a Canadian first

“Increasing access to education to people who might not otherwise be able to come to McGill is an important step toward creating a more equitable world,” says Principal Fortier

Earlier today, McGill and University of the People (UoPeople) announced an agreement to enable extraordinary UoPeople students from around the world to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree on campus at McGill. This represents the first agreement between the American university and a Canadian institution.

UoPeople is the first non-profit, tuition-free, American DEAC-accredited online university. Currently there are over 57,000 students from over 200 countries and territories. Designed to open access to higher education globally, UoPeople helps qualified high school graduates overcome financial, geographic, political and personal constraints keeping them from collegiate studies.

“For many of our students, UoPeople was the only open door to access higher education,” said UoPeople President Shai Reshef. “Now, through this partnership, we’re opening the gates to our remarkable global students to study on-campus at the prestigious McGill University. Many of these students could never have dreamed of obtaining a university degree, let alone from an institution as renowned as McGill. We are extremely grateful for McGill’s partnership.”

After two years with UoPeople, academically outstanding students enrolled from across the world will be able to transfer to McGill to complete their degree at an in-person university in Canada. The agreement highlights the emphasis that both institutions place on providing opportunity and access as an avenue to improving life circumstances for students around the world.

“Increasing access to education to people who might not otherwise be able to come to McGill is an important step toward creating a more equitable world. This is why McGill is pleased to partner with UoPeople and looks forward to welcoming these diverse international students to our campuses soon,” said McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Suzanne Fortier. “McGill will also consider all UoPeople applicants for bursary support to ensure that financial barriers do not preclude accepted applicants from pursuing their education.”

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Adewale Olalekan
Adewale Olalekan
7 months ago

This is a wonderful patnership between McGill and UoPeople. UoPeople has given a lot of aspiring students around the world a bright hope of having a University degree. I’m a living proof example of that. They provided me with scholarship and my program advisor has been really supportive throughout my academic journey. My CGPA is currently at 3.85 and have 6 unit courses left to satisfy the requirements for an associate degree. This is an opportunity I would like to tap into to get transfered and complete my bachelor’s degree on campus at McGill. Thank you for this exciting news.

University of the People
University of the People
7 months ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments!

Oliver Okon
Oliver Okon
2 months ago

The McGill MBA is accredited (EQUIS), it is highly competitive and has a very good reputation, unlike UoPeople MBA. See also https://www.uopeople.review

Ronald Moyo
Ronald Moyo
1 month ago
Reply to  Oliver Okon

UoPeople is trying to establish itself, give them a chance. They are a candidate and in the process of getting accredited which is not a guarantee of accreditation but it proves that you are not telling us the truth on your site as well. My best friend has a bachelor from a Top 100 university and is a student of UoPeople and he tells me that the MBA courses are challenging. They are operating on a non-profit model so obviously who expects Ivy league quality?
https://www.wscuc.org/directory/?fwp_post_title=University%20of%20the%20People

Andrés Carrizo
Andrés Carrizo
23 days ago
Reply to  Ronald Moyo

If you are a “candidate”, it means you are NOT accredited, and nobody knows if/when you will become accredited. Claiming that “courses are challenging” etc. is just meaningless promotional fluff: the reality is UoPeople’s MBA has never been accredited. The accredited McGill MBA is much better instead; there is no comparison.

University of the People
University of the People
7 months ago

We are so proud of this new partnership with McGill University! This is another huge milestone for UoPeople, opening the doors for UoPeople’s exceptional students to have the opportunity to study with the world-renowned McGill. Thank you to all involved!

Ishika
Ishika
7 months ago

Does this mean I can study bachelor’s at the McGill campus, but pay the amount for the UOP degree?

Nathan jeffrey
Nathan jeffrey
7 months ago
Reply to  Ishika

Haha – funny.

Lyne
Lyne
7 months ago
Reply to  Nathan jeffrey

What’s funny, he asked a question that needs an answer!

tee
tee
6 months ago
Reply to  Lyne

When you ask funny questions you get funny answers.

Sheila R Limontas
Sheila R Limontas
6 months ago
Reply to  Ishika

Good afternoon,
Great question, ?? I would suggest checking with McGill in relation to their direct course pricing.

Have a great day

Andrew Harrison
Andrew Harrison
3 months ago

You must pay, plain and simple.

Claudio F. Meis
Claudio F. Meis
2 months ago
Reply to  Ishika

Dear Ishika, If I understood the abovementioned article correctly, a UoPeople student MUST complete the first two years at UofPeople before they can transfer to McGill University to complete the last two years. In summary, complete 2 years at UoPeople (save two years of tuition) then finish the last two years at McGill (where you have to pay). I hope this answer helps.

Fatima Ahmed
Fatima Ahmed
7 months ago

Which degrees at U of people are included in this transfer option to McGill? Does this agreement apply to all all of U of People’s undergraduate and graduate degrees? What minimum average am I required to maintain in order to successfully transfer to McGill? Can people complete their Associate degree at McGill at a faster rate then in 2 years?

Andrew Harrison
Andrew Harrison
3 months ago
Reply to  Fatima Ahmed

Yes, all UoPeople’s degrees. But you can complete a bachelor’s degree on campus at McGill (not a master’s degree).

Mariana Orrego Orrego Serna
Mariana Orrego Orrego Serna
7 months ago

Are students that have completed their associate´s elsewhere, for example, a USA community college and have transferred to Uopeople for the Bachelor´s degree, and have already made some progress eligible?

Lyne
Lyne
7 months ago

Great work UoPeople, is this possible for masters too? I am almost done with my degree at UoPeople. Do we still need to take GRE and TOEL tests with a degree from UoPeople?

Andrew Harrison
Andrew Harrison
3 months ago
Reply to  Lyne

Yes. But you can complete a bachelor’s degree on campus at McGill (not a master’s degree).

Jayraj
Jayraj
7 months ago

I am thrilled to see how much effort UoPeople is making with a cause to make higher education available to most, glad and excited to see Canadian University has joined.

Abdul Hadi Hamid
Abdul Hadi Hamid
7 months ago

The partnership between the UoPeople and McGill is exciting, and being an English-Canadian, McGill has always been a school that I wanted to study to enhance my French while living in Montreal. This partnership will provide UoPeople students an excellent opportunity to further develop their skills. Just about to complete my MBA at UoPeople and am exciting about the opportunities the partnership will provide. 

Garens MOÏSE
Garens MOÏSE
6 months ago

Great, It’s a good news for us who dreamed to achieve our studies in Canada.

Saidul Hasan
Saidul Hasan
5 months ago

If someone qualified to study McGill then it will totally free of cost or have to pay tuitions. Please reply with accurate answer.

Andrew Harrison
Andrew Harrison
3 months ago
Reply to  Saidul Hasan

You must pay.

Sean Batson
Sean Batson
4 months ago

What U of People does mention in their announcement is ‘scholarship’ support between McGill and them, what McGill mentions in their announcement is ‘bursary’ support. So those coming from U of People to McGill that require some form of financial aid should explore their scholarship or bursary options during the application process.

KALPA Jayanetti
KALPA Jayanetti
3 months ago

McGill and UoPeople
Excellent opportunity for students in the world as world class university affiliated with UoPeople . This will provide more recognition for UoPeople .

Jane oma
Jane oma
3 months ago

What if you have completed your bachelors degree in UoPeople, can you do your masters at Mcgill?

Tracy Jordan
Tracy Jordan
2 months ago
Reply to  Jane oma

You must receive a bachelor’s degree on campus at McGill first (not a master’s degree). See also https://www.uopeople.review

Danielle Silver
Danielle Silver
1 month ago

Would a U of P graduate be able to complete a masters degree at McGill?

Amr Alkarmy
Amr Alkarmy
20 days ago

Hello,
This is great news.
A question please. Will this help in getting an MBA degree from University of the People accredited from WES Canada for immigration purpose?
Thanks and looking for your kind feedback.