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Student exchange program

An opportunity for a one or two-term study abroad experience
at Université de Montréal.

You may study at UdeM for one or two terms while staying enrolled in your home university. Every year, UdeM hosts over 1000 international students as part of its exchange program.

 

Fact sheet

Our exchange program in 7 steps

1. Eligibility

Partnership agreement

For you to participate in the UdeM student exchange program, your home institution must have a partnership agreement with Université de Montréal. Please check with your home university in order to ensure that it has a valid partnership agreement with UdeM. If your home institution does not have a partnership agreement with UdeM, you can apply to study at UdeM as a regular (non-exchange) student, by submitting an application to the Service of Admissions and Recruitment.

UdeM is also part of the National Student Exchange, Killam Fellowship and TASSEP consortia, which allows eligible students to participate in the exchange through these programs. 

Please note that UdeM does not accept “free-mover” students or applications to participate in internships under its student exchange program. 

Programs in engineering and in management and business administration are offered by two UdeM-affiliated schools that manage their student exchange partnerships and programs independently. You cannot take courses at these schools while participating in the UdeM student exchange program


Requirements

To be admitted as an exchange student in an undergraduate program at UdeM: you must have completed at least one year of full-time studies in the undergraduate program at your home institution before starting your exchange at UdeM.

To be admitted as an exchange student in a graduate program at UdeM: you must have completed at least the first semester of the master’s or doctoral program at your home institution before starting your exchange at UdeM. 

Note for students from institutions in France:

  • If you wish to study at UdeM during the first semester of your Master 1 or for the entire first year of your Master 1, you must submit an application for an undergraduate (bachelor’s) program.
  • If you wish to study at UdeM during the second semester of your Master 1, or during your Master 2, you may submit an application for a master’s-level program.

Language requirements

The language of instruction at Université de Montréal is French. To take courses at UdeM, you must have a level of French proficiency equivalent to at least level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). To identify those programs that require higher French proficiency levels or require you to take official language tests, see the list of programs with particular requirements.

If the language of instruction at your home institution is not French, then you must submit: 

  • a French Language Proficiency Form (to be completed by your home institution);
  • a proof of French proficiency, which may be issued by the language department of your home institution, the Alliance française, a language school, etc. Check the list of programs with particular requirements to see whether the program in which you want to enrol requires you to take an official language test.

To take French language courses while studying at UdeM

Note: Université de Montréal does not offer any beginner-level French language courses, which is why you must already be proficient in French to participate in the UdeM student exchange program.

Other requirements :

  • Remain enrolled full-time in your home institution for the entire period of your exchange UdeM.
  • Pay the tuition fees at your home institution for the entire time that you are studying at UdeM (UdeM will not charge you any tuition fees).
  • Make sure that the credits that you earn at UdeM will count toward the requirements for your degree at your home institution (UdeM does not award any degrees to exchange students).
  • Have an excellent academic record.
  • Meet any particular requirements of the UdeM program in which you want to study.
  • Begin attending class at the very start of the term. Late arrivals will not be accepted.
  • Be covered UdeM’s mandatory insurance plan.

2. Choose a program of study

Choose a program according to your field of study

First, go to the list of programs of study offered at UdeM and choose a program of study that interests you and that matches your field of study. Make sure to choose a program at the right level according to the eligibility criteria.

You must then select your courses from those listed in the structure of the chosen program (you are allowed to take one elective per term). You should therefore select a program that includes several courses that you will be able to take and for which you will receive credit transfers from your home institution. 


Check the program’s particular requirements

Check the list of programs with particular requirements to see whether your chosen program of study accepts exchange students and whether you meet all of its requirements. Note that some programs of study accept applicants only from institutions with which they have a department-level agreement (agreement signed specifically with the academic department).


Multidisciplinary programs

You cannot enrol in two programs of study at the same time: you must choose a single program of study. Here are some multidisciplinary programs offered within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. 

There is also the Minor in Arts and Sciences program that may let you take courses in multiple disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


Engineering, management and business administration programs

Programs in engineering and in management and business administration are offered by two UdeM-affiliated schools that manage their student-exchange partnerships and programs independently. You cannot take courses at these schools while participating in the UdeM student exchange program.

3. Read the academic information

Academic year

The academic year is divided into three terms: 

Fall term: early September to late December
Winter term: early January to late April
Summer term: early May to late August. The summer term is not open to students in the exchange program, with some exceptions. For mobility possibilities during this term, see our summer schools.

For the exact dates for each term in your faculty or school, see the university calendar.

How long may you study at UdeM?

You may study at UdeM either for one term or for an entire academic year.

  • One term: either fall OR winter
  • Academic year: fall AND winter
Levels of study and course codes

Undergraduate level: bachelor’s-degree programs, majors, minors, undergraduate certificate programs, undergraduate microprograms
Undergraduate course numbers start with 1XXX, 2XXX, 3 XXX, 4XXX.
For example: ECN1700

Master’s level: master’s degree programs, specialized graduate diploma programs, master’s level microprograms
Master’s-level course numbers start with 6XXX.
For example: POL6101

Doctoral level: Ph.D. programs
Doctoral course numbers start with 6XXX or 7XXX.
For example: IFT6330 or HAR7008

 

For students from a French institution, please consult the eligibility requirements before choosing your level of study.

Credits

Minimum and maximum number of credits per term

At the undergraduate level, you must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits (4 courses) and a maximum of 15 credits (5 courses) per term.

At the master’s and doctoral levels, you must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits (2 courses) and a maximum of 9 credits (3 courses) per term.

The workload per course is heavier at the master’s and doctoral levels than at the undergraduate level. For this reason, three courses at the master’s or doctoral level are usually equivalent to five courses at the undergraduate level.

In exceptional cases, after discussing your workload with your UdeM academic advisor, you may be authorized to enrol in one course more than the usual maximum.

Credit equivalences

Your home institution determines the exact equivalences that you receive for the credits that you earn at UdeM; these equivalences may differ from country to country. Please contact your home institution to find out how many credits you must take at UdeM.

UdeM credits are issued as follows:

  • 1 UdeM credit is equivalent to 15 course hours per term.
  • Most courses are worth 3 credits. One 3-credit course at UdeM is equivalent to 3 course hours per week for 15 weeks, for a total of 45 hours per term.

Europe: the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is designed to facilitate the recognition of courses taken abroad. The equivalences between UdeM credits and ECTS credits are as follows:

  • Undergraduate level: 1 UdeM credit = 2 ECTS credits
  • Master’s and doctoral levels: 3 UdeM credits = 8 to 10 ECTS credits
Teaching and evaluation methods

The Québec university system emphasizes on developing skills in both analysis and synthesis, and learning theory through practical application. Students must study steadily and regularly to acquire a deeper knowledge of the concepts presented in class. 

At UdeM, progress in each course is measured throughout the term. Evaluation methods may vary from one course to another, but generally consist of mid-term examinations, final examinations, and assignments.

Throughout your time at UdeM, you can take advantage of the services of the Student Success Support Centre to help you succeed academically.

4. Nomination and application

Nomination and application periods

Nomination
(submitted by home institution)
Application
(submitted by student)
Fall term or full year
(fall and winter)
From January 10 to March 10From January 10 to April 1
Winter termFrom June 1 to September 1From June 1 to September 15


Steps

  1. Be selected by your home institution
    If you wish to be selected as a candidate for the UdeM student exchange program, contact the student mobility office at your home institution to find out about their selection process and deadlines.

  2. Nomination
    If selected for the UdeM student exchange program, your home institution must proceed with your official nomination. The application instructions will be sent to you once your nomination is received.

  3. Submit your online application form
    The application information will be provided by our office; this will create your student account at UdeM. The application to the exchange program is free; you will not have to pay any fees. Please note that submitting the application does not guarantee acceptance into the UdeM student exchange program.

  4. Upload your application documents
    A few business days after you submit your application, you will receive an access code and a personal identification number (UNIP), which will allow you to log into your Student Centre (UdeM’s online portal). If you have trouble logging into your Student Centre, please visit this page for help.

    Once you have signed into your Student Centre, it will display a list of tasks indicating the documents required for your application. Upload these documents in PDF format. No paper documents are required.

    Once you have finished uploading all the required documents and no further tasks are displayed, your application will be considered complete unless you receive a message stating otherwise from our office. You will not receive any other form of confirmation that your documents have been received.

    Documents to upload

  5. Evaluation of your application
    Your nomination by your home institution does not guarantee that you will be accepted into the exchange program. Your application must still be evaluated by the UdeM academic department. This evaluation process may take several weeks. 

Any applications that are incomplete or do not meet all requirements will be rejected.

5. Admission process

Timeframe for receiving your notice of acceptance

The timeframe depends on the program of study and the number of application it has received.

  • Applications for a full academic year (fall and winter terms): the notice will be issued by May 31.
  • Applications for the fall term only: the notice will be issued by June 30.
  • Applications for the winter term only: the notice will be issued by October 31.

If your application is approved

If your application for the student exchange program is approved, the International Affairs Office will first send you a welcome message with more information regarding your enrolment.

A few weeks later, you will receive an automated e-mail notifying you that your official notice of admission is posted on your Student Centre. This is the official document to be used for immigration purposes.

Note: the official notice of admission available on the Student Centre is essential for immigration formalities. The welcome letter sent with the first e-mail that you receive does NOT constitute an official notice of admission.  

Note that you are not required to accept your offer of admission. Your acceptance will be activated automatically.

If you decide to withdraw from the exchange program, please let us know as soon as possible, by sending an e-mail to echange@umontreal.ca.


If your application is not approved

Submitting an application for the UdeM student exchange program does not guarantee that you will be admitted. Note that we do approve about 80% of the applications that we receive.

If your application is rejected, you will receive a letter on the Student Centre explaining the reasons (limited number of places, academic marks too low, application documents incomplete, etc.).

You will still be able to apply for the program again for the following year. To do so, you will have to contact your home institution.

6. Final course selection and enrolment

Finalizing your course selection

Once your admission has been confirmed, you must contact your assigned academic advisor to finalize your course selection. (Your advisor’s contact information is included in the the welcome message.) Sometimes not all of the courses that you originally chose will actually be available. Your academic advisor or your Student Technician (TGDE) will then help you to make your final course selection.

Information regarding course selection


Course enrolment

To register for your courses, contact your Student Technician; you can find their contact information here.

Note that as an exchange student, you cannot enrol to courses yourself on the Student Centre; your Student Technician must proceed with your enrolment for you.

A few days after you are registered for your courses, they will appear in your schedule on your Student Centre, and you will also be able to access them on the Studium platform, where your professors will share course content.

7. Exchange at UdeM

Preparing for your exchange

Student Centre

The Student Centre is the online portal where you can find information on:

  • your studies at UdeM (your schedule, a list of the courses for which you are registered, your course grades, etc.)
  • financial transactions (statements of account, medical insurance fees)
  • your admission (tracking the processing of your application, official notice of admission)
  • your personal contact information
  • Uploading your documents (application, immigration, insurance, etc.)

If you have any problems in accessing the Student Centre, visit the Student Centre help page.


Immigration procedures

The International Students Office (Bureau des étudiants internationaux) is the UdeM unit that is solely responsible for answering international students’ inquiries about the immigration procedures that they must follow to enter Canada. Immigration procedures


Health insurance

UdeM has a group health insurance plan that it is mandatory for all international students. Please note that the premiums for this health insurance plan (approximately $300 per term) will be billed to you automatically on the Student Centre.


Housing

For information on student residences and off-campus housing, consult the UdeM housing website.


University calendar

To find out the exact dates that each term begins and ends for your particular faculty or school, consult the university calendar.


Your institutional e-mail address

All communications to you from UdeM will be sent to your institutional email address, which ends with @umontreal.ca. For instructions on how to set up this address, see this document.


Resources on living in Montréal

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


Ressources

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 | bei@sae.umontreal.ca
Health insurance - Group health insurance planInternational Students Office | bei@sae.umontreal.ca
HousingOff-campus housing | logement@sae.umontreal.ca
Activities for new studentsOrientation and support for new students
Any other questionsInternational Affairs Office Mobility Team: echange@umontreal.ca
When you arrive at UdeM

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


Immigration documents to submit

Shortly after the start of the term, you will receive e-mail messages from UdeM’s International Students Office at your institutional (@umontreal.ca) address, asking you to upload certain immigration documents via the Student Centre. Regardless of how long you will be staying at UdeM, it is essential for you to upload these documents in a timely manner in order to avoid the cancellation of your enrolment at UdeM.  


Proof of registration

If your home institution requires proof that you have registered at UdeM, you can request it by contacting us at echange@umontreal.ca.


Student card

To find out how to obtain your student card, click here.

While you are at UdeM

Student Life Services

The Student Life Services (Services à la vie étudiante) offer activities and services that are available to help you make the most of your time at UdeM.


Academic guidance

If you have any questions of an academic nature or are having trouble with any of your courses, contact your academic advisor or your Student Technician, either of whom can direct you to resources to help you. We also recommend that you consult the Student Success Support Centre


Athletic activities

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

See the available activities


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. 

After your exchange

Academic transcripts

At the end of each term, after the date specified on UdeM’s website, we will e-mail a transcript of your grades to your home institution. Grading scale used at UdeM


Proof of completion of exchange

If your home institution requires official proof that you have completed your exchange at UdeM, you can request it by contacting us at echange@umontreal.ca.