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Prepare for your arrival at UdeM

Are you coming from abroad and planning to stay or work in Canada? Here is some information that will allow you to navigate your new environment with ease.

The Québec education system

The Québec education system is made up of:

  • A public education network covering preschool education to university education;
  • Private educational institutions, recognized by the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, which offer official study programs.

It consists of 4 levels :

  • Preschool education, also called “maternelle;”
  • Primary and secondary education, which includes general education and vocational training;
  • Collegiate education, which is divided into pre-university schooling and technical training;
  • University education, made up of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. It is also possible to do postdoctoral studies after a doctoral degree.

For more information on the different levels, see the website of the ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration.

University Education

University education is divided into three study cycles. The first cycle leads to a bachelor's degree after three or four years of full-time study, depending on the field of study. The bachelor’s degree allows the student to enter the labor market or to pursue graduate studies.

One-year certificate programs are also offered at the undergraduate level. The accumulation of three certificates can lead to obtaining a baccalaureate if several conditions are met.

The second cycle leads to a master's degree after two years of full-time study and the writing of a dissertation or completion of an internship.

One-year programs leading to a specialized graduate diploma or a graduate certificate can also be taken at the second cycle.

The third cycle prepares particularly for a career in research. Students can earn a doctorate after about three years of full-time study and writing a thesis.

The Québec health system

If you need to see an emergency doctor, here are two tools we recommend:

Using these resources will allow you to find an appointment within 24 hours.

Finding accommodation

In Montréal, if you wish to live near a metro line that connects you directly to your workplace, the blue line is the one that goes to the Université de Montréal and it goes through the following neighborhoods: Villeray et Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (stations: Fabre, D'Iberville, Jean-Talon, and De Castelnau), Parc-Extension (stations: Acadie and Parc), Outremont (station: Outremont), Côte-des-Neiges (stations: Édouard-Montpetit, Université-de-Montréal, and Côte-des-Neiges) and Saint-Michel (station: Saint-Michel).

Warning! If you join the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, you will probably choose to find accommodation near Saint-Hyacinthe. We therefore suggest that you consult the accommodation offers online.

For short-term stays

  • The Université de Montréal has studios in its student residences. Information and prices can be found here.
  • The Hôtel Terrasse Royale, located near campus, may also be an option.

For longer stays (several months)

Here are some interesting housing search sites.

Useful links

After finding a place to live, here are some helpful links to find furniture and household items.

Go to our campuses

Montréal campus

Getting around by metro

The main Université de Montréal pavilions are accessible by the blue metro line, which connects the Saint-Michel and Snowdon stations. For example, if you work at pavilion 3200, rue Jean-Brillant, Lionel-Groulx, Roger-Gaudry, Jean-Coutu, Claire-McNicoll, or Marguerite-D'Youville, you must exit at the Université-de-Montreal station.

  • If your place of work is pavilion 3744, rue Jean-Brillant, you must exit at the Côte-des-Neiges station;
  • If your place of work is the Marie-Victorin pavilion, you must exit at the Édouard-Montpetit station;
  • If your place of work is the Rehabilitation School, you must exit at the Parc station;
  • If your place of work is the MIL campus, you must exit at the Acadie station;
  • If your place of work is the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, it is important to know that this campus is not located in Montréal, but in the city of Saint-Hyacinthe, 60 km from Montréal;
  • The Montréal campus is also served by bus lines 51, 129, 80, and 165 among others.

You can consult the campus map to help you find your way around, as well as the Montréal metro map.

For more information on the metro and the bus schedules and routes, we invite you to visit the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) website.

Do you prefer biking?

Members of the university community benefit from a special rate for the Bixi bike-sharing service.

Do you wish to get around by car?

A temporary worker who has a residence permit of 6 to 12 months must have a driver's license from his/her country of origin as well as an international driver's license (for more details, click here).

There is a car-sharing service in Montréal that allows you to use cars on an ad hoc basis for short trips, discover Communauto and all its benefits.

A carpooling platform specially dedicated to our community is also at your disposal.

Visit the Sustainable Development website to learn more about the different “green” mobility options offered on campus.

Do you have to go to campuses located outside the metropolis?

See the following links:

Life on campus

Les Belles Heures de l'Université de Montréal

The mission of Les Belles Heures is to allow the general public to acquire knowledge for the pleasure of it and thus to support the influence of the Université de Montréal within the community. Les Belles Heures de l'Université de Montréal offers educational conferences to the general public presented by a variety of captivating and inspiring people. They build on the curiosity of the public and help to circulate ideas and cultural wealth. They also aim to shed new light on our societies and current affairs.

Cultural Activities

The Cultural Activities of the Université de Montréal offer dozens of workshops in music, dance, languages, photography, etc., and a film component with the Ciné-campus. All of these activities are intended for our community as well as the general public.

Université de Montréal's Podioguide

The Université de Montréal Podioguide offers you a tour of campus in podcast mode. It will give you the basics of the history and architecture as well as valuable information about the campus. The podcast includes comments, memories, and analyses from members of the great community of the Université de Montréal.

You can consult the Montréal campus map to help you find your way.


Take advantage of your arrival at UdeM to visit Montréal and the Province of Québec. To discover the attractions available to you, you can consult the following websites:

Before your arrival, remember to familiarize yourself with some typical Québec expressions!