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Course selection

Here are some tips to help you chose courses for your study plan.

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.

Language courses

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.

Here is an example of a properly completed Proposed Study Plan.

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.