Academic advising is a collaborative effort between students, staff and faculty that empowers students to meet their academic goals and achieve their vision of success. Academic advisors are here to help you progress through your degree at Concordia.
(Graduate advising information varies depending on program. For an overview of academic advising and suggested contacts by program see Step 1 — Advising under the Graduate tab in the Registration guide.)
Advising structure for undergraduate students
Your main advisor’s contact information is in your Student Centre. Depending on your program, you may have access to additional advisors who can answer your questions and assist with academic planning:
Each Faculty has a Student Academic Services (SAS) or Services for Undergraduate Student Affairs office staffed by advisors who can advise on general degree requirements, faculty-wide regulations and academic options for students facing extenuating circumstances.
Within each academic department, you will find advisors who are specialized in the courses, requirements and opportunities specific to the programs offered within their department. Often, the department advisors are also instructors.
In certain cases, advisors are dedicated to providing advice about the requirements and opportunities of one program within a department.
What you must do before meeting with your advisor
Consult your faculty’s advising website (list below) for the next steps specific to your situation. Each Faculty, School and/or department has its own advising policies and procedures, so your next steps may be different from your friends’.
Read about your program and its requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar to learn more about the courses you are required to complete in order to earn your degree.
Visit your department’s website, to see if a degree planning or course sequencing worksheet is available for your program, and if so, fill it out to the best of your ability before your advising appointment.
Write down any questions you would like to ask your advisor in advance.
For example: How is my GPA calculated? Will this course count towards my program? How do I change programs? How do I take a course in another Faculty/School? What semester can I graduate in?
Advising websites by Faculty
Other types of support at Concordia
Career advisors address all kinds of career questions. What can you do with your degree? How should you start planning for your post-graduate life?
International Student Advisors help with questions about immigration documents, health insurance, work permits, and other issues specific to international students.
Accessibility Advisors work within the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities. They can help students arrange accommodations in response to a variety of barriers, as well as provide counseling on self-advocacy and referral services.
Staff mentors, or Navigators, are available for students who would like a bit of extra guidance learning about Concordia’s services and how to access them.
Student mentors, or Welcome Crew members, are available to help first-year undergraduate and graduate students get settled at Concordia.
Counseling and Psychological Services is staffed by professional licensed psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors who work with students to help you achieve psychological health and wellness. They offer telephone, videoconference, and in-person services.