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.
Our exchange program in 7 steps
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.
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.
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.
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 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 provide an official language test.
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.
- 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 and courses
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.
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).
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.
Choosing your courses
You must choose your courses from those offered within the structure of a single program of study. You may be allowed to take one elective course per term, such as a language course or a course in another program of study.
As an exchange student, you will not be required to comply with the minimum and maximum numbers of courses in the various blocks of the program structure, and you will not have to choose a specializing major.
If you want to take course with prerequisites, your academic advisor may verify courses you have previously taken.
To take a French language course from the UdeM Language School or a course in any other language at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences language centre, you will have to take a placement test. Fees of up to $75 will be billed to you on the Centre étudiant portal for 3-credit language courses.
Find courses in your selected program
To see a list of the courses that are part of a program, find your program of study and then click on the “Structure de programme” tab.
To see which courses are being offered each semester, and the schedules for these courses:
- Consult the list of offered courses on the website of the academic department in charge of your program of study. You can access the website for each academic department from our faculty’s websites. Each department’s website usually has a tab that shows its courses and the schedules .
- Go to the online schedules page and specify the semester and the level (undergraduate, master’s or doctoral). You will then be able to view the courses, classified by subject (the first three letters of the course codes).
Detailed descriptions of the course contents are usually posted on each academic department’s website. You can display a short description of each course by clicking the course code on the program structures page.
Note: internships, individualized research courses and courses in honours programs are not open to exchange students. Exchange students are also ineligible to take any courses at UdeM’s affiliated schools, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal.
Preliminary course selection
When you submit your application for the student exchange program, you must fill out a Proposed Study Plan form, so that the department in which you want to study can learn about your areas of interest, assess whether you have the required prerequisite courses, and determine whether your mobility plan is feasible. In filling out this form, choose courses as best you can from the information provided about them on the UdeM website.
Course schedules for the following academic year usually become available in February or March. If the schedule for next year has not yet been published when you are filling out your Proposed Study Plan, use the schedule for the current year to make your preliminary choice of courses.
The courses available in any given semester are subject to change, depending on class sizes, course schedules, course prerequisites (if any) and other things that may change before that term begins. We therefore cannot guarantee that you will be able to enrol to any given course, so we highly recommend that you list some alternative course choices as well (up to a total 10 course) per term when filling out your Proposed Study Plan, in descending order of preference.
To complete your Proposed Study Plan, you must use the form provided.
Finalizing your course selection
After receiving your admission notice, you will receive a message providing the contact information for your assigned academic advisor. You must contact your advisor to validate your final choice of courses (we recommend that you check the updated course schedules first). Your advisor may suggest some courses other than the ones that you chose initially, and you may have to change the courses chosen in your Proposed Study Plan. It is important to be flexible.
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
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.
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.
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
(submitted by home institution)
(submitted by student)
|Fall term or full year|
(fall and winter)
From January 10 to March 1
From January 10 to March 25
|Winter term||From June 1 to September 1||From June 1 to September 15|
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 email@example.com.
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. Once admitted at UdeM
Students admitted for an undergraduate exchange: kick off your exchange at UdeM on the right foot with the virtual guided orientation Mode d’emploi UdeM and learn more about the available resources and services offered to exchange students. Start the orientation now for all the tips and tricks brought to you by our amazing team of student ambassadors.
As soon as you are admitted, please make sure to undertake the necessary immigration procedures required for your exchange at Université de Montréal.
Depending on your nationality, the length of your stay and the nature of your activities, certain steps may be different. The International Students Office is the only office at Université de Montréal responsible for assisting international students regarding entry formalities in Canada.
After the start of the school year, you will receive messages from the International Students Office via your @umontreal.ca email asking you to upload immigration documents on your Student Centre. This is mandatory for all international students, regardless of the length of your stay. Upload these important documents on your Student Center within the prescribed time frame or your enrolment at Université de Montréal could be revoked.
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.
Official course enrolment
To officially enrol to your courses, contact the Student Technician (TGDE) of your program of study. See their contact information >
Please note that as an exchange student, you will not be able to enrol to courses on your own through the Student Centre: your TGDE must proceed with your enrolment.
A few days after your enrolment, your courses will appear in your schedule on your Student Centre. You will also have access to your courses on the Studium platform, where your professors will share course content.
Successful completion of courses
If you have any academic questions or are having difficulty with your courses, contact the academic advisor or your TGDE who can direct you to the right resources. We also recommend that you consult the Student Success Centre.
For help improving your French, make sure to check out these tips.
Transcripts are sent at the end of the term and after the transcript issuing date for exchange programs by e-mail to the International Relations Office of your home institution. Consult the UdeM grading scale.
Proof of completing of exchange
If your home institution requires an official certificate of completion, you can request one at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
New dates coming soon
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.
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.
Communications from UdeM will be sent to your institutional email. See how to set up your @umontreal.ca email >
Consult the university calendar for the exact start and end dates of each term, depending on your faculty or school at UdeM.
Once your enrolment is finalized and during the beginning of each term, fees will appear on your Student Centre. These are mandatory medical insurance fees and faculty fees, if applicable. You must pay these fees by the date indicated on your invoice or you will be billed for interest.
Certificate of enrollment
Should you need for an official document to be issued or signed (certificate of enrolment, proof of arrival/departure, letter for obtaining a scholarship, etc.), please request it by contacting the Registrar’s Office (fees apply).
Must-see activities and student associations
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!
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!
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.
As an exchange student, you will have access to the UdeM athletics centre (CEPSUM).
|Questions about choosing courses, enrolment, etc.|
Academic advisor - Your advisor's contact information is included in your welcome message.
Mitacs Globalink Research Awards: email@example.com
|Immigration procedures||International Students Office | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Health insurance - Group health insurance plan||International Students Office | email@example.com|
|Housing||Off-campus housing | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Activities for new students||Orientation and support for new students|
|Any other questions|
Student Mobility Team: email@example.com
Mitacs Globalink Research Awards: firstname.lastname@example.org