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Research stay

Conduct a research stay under the supervision of a professor from the Université de Montréal.

If you are a foreign student, you can come to the Université de Montréal for a research stay, a clinical internship or any other internship, under the supervision of a UdeM professor-researcher, for a maximum duration of 12 months.  

You wish to carry out your research stay at UdeM? Follow these 6 steps:

1. Confirm your status

Find a research professor-supervisor 

You must find a professor who will accept to supervise you during your stay at UdeM. You are also responsible for having your supervision recognized by your home university, for financing your stay and for completing the necessary immigration procedures according to the nature of your stay.  

In the case of an internship, you must also find an internship environment and ensure that you obtain the approval of the academic unit that will host you. 


Identify your admission status at UdeM

1. Research stay via the exchange program
Conditions of eligibility:  
Benefits and responsibilities of the student:
  • No admission fees
  • Tuition fees waived  
  • Access to the benefits and privileges of the exchange program, including all student services and the CEPSUM (sports center). 
  • The student must pay the mandatory medical insurance fee.  
Responsibilities of the professor and his/her unit:
  • Supervising and welcoming the student
  • The professor's home unit must register the student.   
  • Take the necessary steps with the UdeM Human Resources Department to request a job offer number, if necessary.  
  • Provide the student with the necessary documents for immigration purposes.  

 

2. Visiting research student  

If you are not eligible to be a research student or intern through the exchange program, you may be eligible as a research visitor. We invite you to contact Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for more information on the status of research visitor and the steps to take.  

There is an admission fee and an administrative fee. Please note that the following steps are not applicable to you.  

2. Immigration procedures

Once you have obtained the agreement of a research professor at UdeM, you must send the invitation form to stage-international@sve.umontreal.ca, making sure that you have filled in all the information requested.     

ATTENTION: It is important not to plan your arrival in Canada at this stage.  

After analyzing your letter, the International Students’ Office will provide you with the necessary information to begin your immigration process, depending on the nature of your stay, its duration, your citizenship and your country of residence.   

You are then responsible for taking the necessary steps as soon as possible once you have received the information in order to facilitate your arrival in Canada. 

Please note that it usually takes a minimum of 3 months to obtain the authorizations to come to Canada. 

CAUTION: It is important not to plan to arrive in Canada until you receive a decision on your immigration application.  

Mention for Globalink Research Scholarship students:  

If you are a Mitacs Research Scholar, check out this section >

3. Application for admission

Once you have received the necessary indications to begin your immigration process from the International Students' Office, you must follow the following steps in order to complete your official application for admission to the Université de Montréal.   

  1. Send your letter of invitation and the International Students' Office analysis by email to echange@umontreal.ca.
  2. A team member will then invite you to submit an online application to create a Student Center. A link will be provided. Please note: You must choose the session corresponding to the beginning of your stay and the following sessions if your stay overlaps several sessions.

    • Fall session: from September to December
    • Winter session: from January to April
    • Summer session: from May to August
    • You must also select the right study cycle according to your registration at UdeM.

  3. Upload the invitation letter to your Student Center. An automatic email will be sent to you with information to complete this step.
  4. Also upload the following document (required by the Registrar's Office): a certified copy of your birth certificate or family record book. The document must show your parents' names and your full name. An official translation, issued by a competent authority, in French or English must be provided if the document is in another language. Important: your admission cannot be effective if the translation is not official.  

Deadlines  

We recommend that you complete the admission process at least two months prior to the start of your stay. Once your admission is complete, you will receive an official letter of admission and a letter of acceptance. Please note that these documents are not to be used for immigration purposes. 

4. Once admitted at UdeM

Academic Life  

The International Affairs Department will contact your academic unit to register you for full-time status.   


Insurance  

Following registration, you may be required to pay a mandatory medical insurance fee through your student center.

Please note that students from certain countries can apply to be exempt.

For more information or questions regarding insurance, please consult the details online or contact the International Students’ Office: stage-international@sve.umontreal.ca

If you have any questions regarding the payment of these fees, please see the details online or contact fraisscol@fin.umontreal.ca.  


Proof of your status in Canada    

You will also need to submit your immigration documents. For more information, please see the details by clicking on the tasks that will appear in your student center:   

Under Residence Permit: Please upload one of the immigration documents listed above: 

  • Work Permit  
  • Passport and boarding pass  
  • Airline ticket and boarding pass  

Under CAQ/Exemptions: Please upload your invitation letter.  

Note that the International Students' Office will contact you if there is a problem with the documents you provide or if another document is required. If you have any questions about this, please contact stage-international@sve.umontreal.ca.  


French language 

Do you want to improve your French? We have a few suggestions to help you in this process. 

5. Useful Resources

Housing

Find out about our student residences by visiting this website. For more information and assistance regarding off-campus housing, please see the Student Services website.  

Administrative information

Medical insurance  

UdeM has a mandatory group medical insurance plan. Please note that a medical insurance fee of approximately $300 per term will automatically be charged to you via your Student Centre.   

Some students may request to be exempt.  


Student Centre  

The Student Centre is the online portal through which you can find information about: 

  • Your studies at UdeM (course schedule, list of courses, gardes, etc.)  
  • Financial information (account statements, health insurance fees, language course fees)  
  • Admission (progression of your application, official acceptance information)  
  • Your personal contact information  
  • Uploading documents (application, immigration, insurance, etc.)  

If you are having difficulty accessing the Student Centre, please consult the Student Centre Help Page.  


Institutional email   

Communications from UdeM will be sent to your institutional email. Consult this document to set up your email @umontreal.ca.  


University calendar 

Consult the university calendar for the exact start and end dates of each term, depending on your faculty or school at UdeM.  


Student invoice 

Once your enrolment is finalized and during the beginning of each term, fees will appear on your Student Centre. These fees are usually for your mandatory medical insurance and language course, if applicable. You must pay these fees by the date indicated on your invoice or you will be billed for interest.   


Certificate of enrollment 

If your home institution requires an official proof of enrolment, you can request one by writing to echange@umontreal.ca


Student ID  

Click here to find out how to obtain your student card.  

Must-see activities and student associations

Webinars for newly admitted exchange students

Join us for one of our live webinars during which important information will be presented in regards to travel regulations, immigration formalities, and course enrolment. The webinar will mainly be held in French, but all your questions can be asked and answered in English.

To register for the webinar held on May 10, 2022 at 9:00AM, click here

To register for the webinar held on May 24, 2022 at 9:00AM, click here


Orientation activities

At the start of every academic year, UdeM Student Life Services (Services à la vie étudiante) put on a wide variety of events that offer you many opportunities to build friendships and to discover all that UdeM has to offer. Orientation Week, designed especially for new students, takes place at the end of August. It includes orientation activities, workshops, campus tours, and much more. You won’t want to miss this chance to discover all the good things waiting for you at UdeM. It’s also a great chance to meet the yearly group of ambassadors in person—the people who will use their knowledge of the UdeM campus to keep you entertained and welcome you into our big family.

For exchange students who are coming to UdeM at the start of winter term, a similar set of orientation activities are held at the start of January. Whenever you arrive, take advantage of these opportunities to familiarize yourself with everything that your UdeM has to offer and to start off your time here on the right foot!

Calendar and the schedule of orientation activities


UdeM +1 Group  

This Facebook group is dedicated to newly admitted students and students awaiting admission to Université de Montréal in the fall or winter.  

You are invited to ask questions and share with your peers.  

Through their unique backgrounds, the student ambassadors will answer your questions and share their experiences with you. They are trained and mentored by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.  


Les Roger blog 

Reflections on student life... published regularly by our students on various topics: campus life, nightlife in Montreal, housing, academic stress, cultural and sexual diversity, the city's neighbourhoods (with its famous battle of the neighborhoods articles), getaway ideas, recipes and tips of all kinds. In short, so many themes that make up the reality of students, both old and new!   

Discover Les Roger


Resources on living in Montréal

To learn about life in Montréal, make sure to visit the International Students Office website. This site provides information on cost of living, food, culture, transportation and much more.


Health and psychological support

You can access UdeM’s health and psychological support services at any time (Centre de santé et de consultation psychologique).


Students living with disabilities

The UdeM support service for students living with disabilities (Soutien aux étudiants en situation de handicap) can help you to find the resources available at UdeM. 


Athletic activities

As an exchange student, you will have access to the UdeM athletics centre (CEPSUM).  

See the available activities

Your resources
Questions about choosing courses, enrolment, etc.

Academic advisor - Your advisor's contact information is included in your welcome message.

Student Technician (TGDE)

Immigration proceduresInternational Students Office | internationaux@sve.umontreal.ca
Health insurance - Group health insurance planInternational Students Office | internationaux@sve.umontreal.ca
HousingOff-campus housing | logement@sve.umontreal.ca
Activities for new studentsOrientation and support for new students
Any other questionsInternational Affairs Office Mobility Team: echange@umontreal.ca

6. Scolarships

You may be eligible the receive the Mitacs Globalink award. An application can be submitted at any time.

Learn more

Additional information:
  1. You must get approval from a professor/supervisor at UdeM before submitting your application.
  2. Incoming students must obtain $3,000 in co-funding from an external source (professor/supervisor from UdeM or home institution, funding organizations, personal funding, private companies, etc.)
  3. Please note that your application for the Globalink award must be submitted 16 weeks before the start date of your research project.