Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Registration Questions
  • Payment Questions
  • Course Information


Registration Questions


Are any prerequisites needed in order to participate in a course?

The target audience and descriptions of each course are listed on the website. If you’d like more information to see if it is a good fit for you, we have previous course agendas posted here


When does registration close?

Registration closes the Friday before the start of each course.

  • Week 1 courses close May 28th.
  • Week 2 courses close June 4th.
  • Week 3 course closes June 11th.


How do I change courses?

Course change requests must be made at least 7 days prior to the start of a course. If you wish to switch course, please email with the following information:

  • Name and email used to register
  • Registration number
  • Courses you wish to cancel
  • Courses you wish to add


Payment Questions


How do I know what payment category I am in?

The McGill Summer Institute charges a different amount for low, middle, and high income country participants. We follow the World Bank guidelines for country category. You can look up your country on the World Bank website to determine what category you fit into. Note that both lower-middle and upper-middle are considered “middle-income countries” for registration pricing.


How do I cancel my registration?

Participants unable to attend a course of the McGill Summer Institute 2021, after having paid their registration fees, must provide a written request to the for their refund on or before May 21, 2021. The Organizers regret that requests received after this date will not be considered. Administrative charges for cancellations will be $25 for all reasons.


Who do I contact with questions regarding registration and payment?

Kristin Hendricks


Course Information


What is the course schedule? When are the live sessions?

The basic times of the live sessions are listed below. Detailed agendas with exact timings will be provided in advance of the courses.


Week 1 | May 31-June 4, 2021

Quality of TB Care: May 31-June 4
Live content will primarily be in the mornings EDT.

Qualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research: May 31- June 4
Live content will primarily be in the mornings EDT.

Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century: Challenges and dilemmas: May 31-June 2
Live content will primarily be in the afternoons EDT.

Global Health Diagnostics: June 2-4
Live content will primarily be in the mornings EDT.

Advances in the Biology and Management of COVID-19: June 3 & 4
Live content will be in the mornings and afternoons EDT.


Week 2 | June 7-11, 2021

Advanced TB Diagnostics: June 7-11
Live content will primarily be in the mornings EDT.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): June 7-10
Live content will primarily be in the mornings EDT.

Strategies to End the HIV Epidemic: June 7 – 9
Live content will primarily be in the mornings and afternoons EDT.


Week 3 | June 14-18, 2021

Clinical Tropical and Geographic Medicine: June 14-16
Live content will primarily be in the mornings EDT


Can I participate in concurrent courses?

All course activities will be online. Participants wishing to enroll in overlapping courses are permitted to do so but should be aware that if overlapping courses have live sessions happening at the same time they may have to view some content later as a recording. For additional questions, please contact


What online platform will be used to organize the courses?

All courses will be managed through an online platform called Whova. Live sessions, recordings, handouts, and readings will also be provided through the Whova platform. In addition, participants will be able to see who else is attending, send messages to faculty and other participants, and interact with exhibitors.

The Whova platform is accessible via mobile or desktop set-ups.


Can we test the platform to see if it works for us?

There will be a rehearsal session on May 20th. Any participant that wants to log-in and test the system is welcome to that on that day. Instructions to do so will be sent to all participants in advance of the rehearsal.


Will sessions be recorded? How long will they be available?

Recordings of all sessions will be viewable via the Whova platform. The recordings will be available for at least 30 days after the course. You will not be able to download the recordings.  


Can I get McGill University credit for Summer Institutes courses?

Summer Institute is considered professional development courses and are not for university academic credit. Institute attendees are not required to register as university students and no university credit is awarded for participation. However, participants will receive a certificate of participation.


Will I receive a certificate of completion?

Yes, all participants will receive a certificate of completion for each course they take.


What is the language of instruction?

The primary language of instruction and language for course materials is English.


Are there disability-related accommodations and services?

The McGill Summer Institute endeavors to provide an inclusive learning environment. If you have specific learning needs please let us know well in advance so that we can work to find an appropriate accommodation. Please contact Kristin Hendricks