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How to choose your courses

1. Find a program of study

Most UdeM programs are open to exchange students. To find out about the programs offered at UdeM, visit the Websites of our faculties and schools

Engineering and Business administration programs are offered by our affiliate schools, which manage independently their partnerships and student exchanges.

2. Check the list of programs with particular requirements 

Only the UdeM programs with particular requirements are featured in this list.

Faculty of Law

  • Due to the high number of applications received each year, candidate selection is competitive. Only applicants with an above-average academic record may be selected. The Faculty reserves the right to consider students’ professional experience as well as reciprocity of exchange with partner universities in the evaluation of applications. 
  • Bachelor’s degree students must choose their courses from the list of courses open to exchange students.
  • Proof of English proficiency is required for the Master in Business Law and the Master in Comparative Common Law. Students must have an IELTS of 6.5 or a TOEFL (MyBest Scores accepted) of 90.

Faculty of Environmental Design

School of Architecture

The School of Architecture negotiates in advance with its partners the number of students who can submit applications. Only students from universities that are partners with the School of Architecture can apply (university-wide agreements are not accepted).

  • Only applications for the full academic year (September to April) can be accepted.
  • Prospective candidates must submit a portfolio.
  • The School accepts a limited number of students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree of Architecture who would like to apply for their third year.
  • In the case where the agreement between the School of Architecture and the partner university allows for master level exchanges, students must have completed at least 4 years of studies at their home university. The number of places at the master level is very limited.
School of Design

The School negotiates in advance with its partners the number of students who can submit applications. Only students from universities that are partners with the School of Design can apply (university-wide agreements are not accepted).

  • Interior Design and Industrial Design programs are open only in the fall term.
  • Applications must include a portfolio. Only PDF portfolios sent to echange@umontreal.ca by WeTransfer are accepted.
  • No late applications will be accepted after the deadline: April 1.
  • Master programs are closed to exchange students.
  • A B1 level of French is accepted for Industrial Design student only. 
School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture

The School negotiates in advance with its partners the number of students who can submit applications. Only students from universities that are partners with the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture can apply (university-wide agreements are not accepted).

Urban Planning :

  • Minor programs are closed to exchange students.
  • Bachelor level workshop courses are closed to exchange students.
  • Students can only apply for one term (some exceptions).
  • Master level students must have completed at least one semester of their master’s program before beginning the exchange. 
  • Only a limited number of students are accepted for the Master in Urban Planning with limited access to workshop courses.

Landscape Architecture :

  • Minor programs are closed to exchange students.
  • Master level students must have completed at least one semester of their master’s program before beginning the exchange. 
  • Master level students must enroll to a minimum of 9 credits per term.
  • The School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture accepts students applying to the Master’s degree only for one term only.
  • Students must send a portfolio in PDF format via WeTransfer to echange@umontreal.ca.

Faculty of Dentistry

Only students from Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) can apply for the Dentistry programs. 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Closed programs

The Department of Communication does not accept exchange students (excluding students from universities with which the department has signed a specific agreement).

  • Bachelor's degree - Film Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree – Literature and Human Sciences is closed to exchange students.
  • Bachelor’s degree – Political Sciences and Philosophy is closed to exchange students.
  • Bachelor's degree - Script Writing and Literature
  • Master’s degree (DESS) – Media, Culture and Technology is closed to exchange students.
  • Master’s degree (DESS) – Journalism is closed to exchange students. 
  • Master’s degree (DESS) - Arts, Creation and Technology is closed to exchange students.
  • Master’s degree (DESS) – Digital Editing is closed to exchange students.
  • Master’s degree (DESS) – Social Administration is closed to exchange students.
  • Master’s degree – Physics – Plasma Option, international path is closed to exchange students.
  • Master’s degree – Medical Physics is closed to exchange students.
Minor in Arts and Sciences
  • Students can take a maximum of 2 courses from the same program of study per term. 
  • 2nd and 3rd year (2xxx and 3xxx) course registration cannot be guaranteed, since there are often prerequisites for the courses. It is therefore important to select courses according to their requirements; the evaluation of an application may take longer if 2nd or 3rd year courses are selected.
Department of Political Science
  • Students whose first language is not French, must submit a proof of French proficiency according to the Common European Framework that includes their level of written and oral French.
  • Students must take at least 2 political science courses per term.
  • Bachelor in International Studies: students may take a maximum of 1 law course per term.
  • Bachelor in Communication and Politics: students may take a maximum of 2 communication courses per term.
  • Bachelor in Economics and Politics: students must take at least 2 political science courses per term.
Master programs in International Studies
  • Students whose first language is not French, must submit a proof of French proficiency according to the Common European Framework that includes their level of written and oral French.
  • Students can take a maximum of 1 political science course and a maximum of 1 law course per term.
  • Students must have a background in political science or human sciences.
  • Students must a good knowledge of English (reading and written).
Department of Communication

The Department negotiates in advance with its partners the number of students who can submit applications. Only students from universities that are partners with the Department of Communication can apply (university-wide agreements are not accepted).

  • Only the Bachelor and the Master in Communication Sciences are open to exchange students. 
  • The number of places in the Master in Communication is very limited and a good level of English is required.
Department of Demography

Only students currently enrolled in a Bachelor at their home university can apply to the Bachelor in Demography.

Department of Art History and Film Studies
  • Exchange students cannot take practical courses from the Bachelor in Film Studies (117110). Undergraduate candidates only have access to courses offered within the Film Studies Minor (117140) or Major (117120).
  • Graduate students do not have access to seminars CIN6053A, CIN6054A, CIN7001A and HAR60011-60012; they are reserved for regular students of the Department of Art History and Film Studies.
  • Please note that only a one-term exchange is possible for the Master and PhD in Film studies.
  • Students whose first language is not French must present proof of French proficiency corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework, or its equivalent, with a writing and speaking level of at least 15/25.
Department of Biology

Due to the high number of applications received each year, candidate selection is very competitive. Only applicants with an above-average academic record may be selected. The Department may restrict access to certain courses if places are limited.

Department of Linguistics and Translation

Students whose first language is not French must provide a TFI of 785/990 or a DALF or TEF of C1 for these programs: 

  • Bachelor in Translation (118510)
  • Major in Translation (118520)
  • Bachelor in Linguistics (118101)
  • Major in Linguistics (118020)
  • Bachelor in French Literature and Linguistics (114715)

Students whose first language is not French must provide a DALF or TEF of C2 and have an advanced level of English for these programs: 

  • DESS (master level degree) in Translation (218511)
  • Professional Master in Translation (218511)

Students whose first language is not French must provide a DALF or TEF of C1 and have an advanced level of English for these programs: 

  • Research Master in Translation (218511) 
  • PhD in Translation (318510)

Bachelor in French Literature and Linguistics (114715): students must take at least 2 Linguistics courses per term.

Department of French Language Literatures
  • Undergraduate programs: students whose first language is not French must provide a proof of French proficiency of C1.
  • Graduate programs: students whose first language is not French must provide a proof of French proficiency of C2.
Department de Psychology
  • Due to the high number of applications received each year, candidate selection is very competitive. Only applicants with an above-average academic record may be selected.
  • The Department of Psychology accepts only a limited number of students for the Master and PhD.
  • The following courses are closed to exchange students: NCM2200, PSY1048, PSY1049, PSY2007, PSY2008, PSY2038, PSY3008, PSY3018, PSY3129, PSY3298, PSY3299, PSY4016, PSY40001 and PSY40002.
  • Several mandatory books must be read in English. Mastering this language is necessary to study in this Department.
  • Internship and research options not available to exchange students.
Department of Literatures and Languages of the World – English Studies

  • Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency.

    • B1.2 is required for the Major and Minor in English Studies.
    • B2 is required for the Bachelor in English Studies

  • All types of language certificates are accepted; for example, a letter from home university, English level test of the British Council, etc. 
  • Students who are currently taking courses in English Studies at their home university will be prioritised in the selection process.
  • Upon arrival, students must take an English placement test and may be asked to take an English language course depending on placement result.

 

Department of Economics
  • Due to the high number of applications received each year, candidate selection is very competitive. Only applicants with an above-average academic record may be selected.
  • Students whose first language is not French must provide proof of French proficiency according to the Common European Framework, a C1 or its equivalent is required. Level of written and speaking French must be shown. 
  • Students must take at least 3 economics courses per term.
  • Students take a maximum of 1 language course per term.
School of Psychoeducation: Bachelor and Master in Psychoeducation
  • Due to the high number of applications received each year, candidate selection is very competitive. Only applicants with an above-average academic record may be selected.
  • Internships are not offered.
  • For Master level courses, students with an undergraduate level degree in the field of psychology or criminology will be prioritised.
  • Complete applications for the Bachelor program must be received before May 1.
  • Complete applications for the Master program must be receive before February 1.
School of Criminology

  • The School of Criminology does not accept exchange students for internships and imposes several restrictions for exchange students. Please refer to this document (in French only) for more information.
  • Students can only apply for one term for the Bachelor program.
  • Internship option not available to exchange students.
  • Students must indicate in their letter of intent: 

    • Their overall average 
    • Level of study they will be in during the time of the exchange at UdeM.

School of Industrial Relations
  • Only students with a background in a relevant field of study (management, labor studies, law, political science, work psychology, workforce security, etc.) will be considered.
  • Only students with an overall average of 12/20 (or its equivalent) and higher will be considered.
  • Students who wish to take undergraduate courses with prerequisites must first obtain the approval of the academic advisor.
  • One or two Master degree courses can be taken only under the academic advisor’s recommendation.
  • Candidates whose first language is not French must provide proof of French proficiency corresponding to level C1 of the Common European Framework, or its equivalent.
  • PhD programs are closed to exchange students, with the exception of the research-credit students.
School of Social Work

Students from universities that have a specific agreement directly with the School of Social Work will be prioritised. Other applications will be evaluated according to available places. 

Department of Chemistry

Due to the high number of applications received each year, candidate selection is very competitive. Only students with an overall average above 12/20 (or its equivalent) will be considered.

Master in Museology

These courses are not opened to exchanges students:

  • MSL6600 Internship
  • MSL6800 Overview Seminar
  • MSL6700 Working Group (led by a professor)

This restriction does not apply to students from École du Louvre.

Faculty of Music

Students must click here to see the particular requirements.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine

Students in their 1st to 4th year:

  • Only students from universities that are partners with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine can apply (university-wide agreements are not accepted).
  • Students can only take 2nd and 3rd year courses.

Students in their last year of studies (clinical training):

  • Student can only apply for one term (fall or winter).
  • The Faculty only accepts a maximum of 10 students per term.
Master and PhD Programs

Graduate students in research oriented programs:

  • Students must obtain the approval of a professor from the Faculty before applying.

Faculty of Education

Particularities
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of bachelor studies at their home university before beginning the exchange.
  • The number of places is very limited in the Bachelor in Physical and Health Education.
  • Students whose first language is not French must provide a TFI (International French test) with a score of 785/990.
  • Internship options are not available.
  • Deadline to submit an application for the winter term: June 1st
Department of Administration and Educational Foundations

Students whose first language is not French must provide proof of French proficiency corresponding to B2 according to the Common European Framework, or its equivalent. Level of speaking and written French must be shown.

Faculty of Medicine

School of Kinesiology and Physical Activity Studies
  • Due to the high number of applications received each year, candidate selection is very competitive. Only applicants with an above-average academic record may be selected.
  • Students whose first language is not French must provide proof of French proficiency corresponding to C1 according to the Common European Framework, or its equivalent.
  • Undergraduate and Master level students must have completed at least the first year of their degree in order to be considered.
  • Internship options are not available. 
Department of Nutrition

For the Bachelor in Nutrition:

  • The number of places in exchange program is limited, only applicants with an above-average academic record will be considered.
  • Students whose first language is not French must provide the TFI (International French Test) with a score of 850/990.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least the first year of their degree and can only take bachelor level courses.
  • Internship options are not available.
School of Rehabilitation

For the Bachelor in Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) and the Master in Occupational Therapy:

  • The number of places in exchange program is limited, only applicants with an above-average academic record will be considered.
  • Students whose first language is not French must provide the TFI (International French Test) with a score of 785/990.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least 2 years of their degree before beginning the exchange. 
  • Students may be asked to take preliminary online courses before the beginning of the exchange
  • For clinical training options: only students from universities that are partners with the School can apply (university-wide agreements are not accepted).

Faculty of Nursing

  • Due to the high number of applications received each year, candidate selection is very competitive. Only applicants with an above-average academic record may be considered.
  • Undergraduate students can take only one of the following 3rd year courses: SOI3604A/3604B/3704 or SOI3516/3716.
  • Candidates whose first language is not French must provide the TFI (International French Test) with a score of 785/990 and a score of 4 for the writing component. 
  • List of courses available to exchange students at the Graduate level: 

 

TermCourse CodeCourse TitleCredits
FALL

SOI6237

Assises disciplinaires et pratique infirmière avancée3
SOI6102Recherche et pratique infirmière3
SOI6189Approches novatrices en formation infirmière3
SOI6900Organisation des services infirmiers3
SOI6920Transfert de connaissances : intégration3
WINTERSOI6231Pratique réflexive et perspectives3
SOI6177Gestion de projets - nouvelles pratiques3
SOI6171Méthodes qualitatives en sciences infirmières3
SPU6020Méthodes de rech. approche quantitative3
SUMMERSOI6202Éthique de la santé et pratique infirmière3
SOI6230Qualité des soins infirmiers et sécurité3

Prerequisites:

  • An undergraduate degree in Nursing. 
  • An overall average of 3/4.3 or 12/20.

3. Choose courses offered within the program in which you want to study

See the list of courses offered by the selected program of study. Select a program and click on “Structure of Program”.

4. Register for the required number of courses

At the undergraduate level (bachelor’s), you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits (4 courses) per semester and a maximum of 15 credits (5 courses) per semester.

Undergraduate courses begin with the number 1, 2, 3, or 4 (e.g., POL 1000).

At the graduate level (master's, doctorate), you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits (2 courses) per semester and a maximum of 9 credits (3 courses).

Graduate courses begin with the number 5, 6, or 7 (e.g., GEO 6000)

5. Taking a language course

Students participating in an exchange program may take one language course of 3 credits per semester. This does not apply to students in a study program focused on the learning of a language.

6. Propose a preliminary study plan

The study plan proposal allows the selected department to know your areas of interest, assess whether you have the required prerequisites, and know whether your course selection is feasible. To propose your preliminary study plan, you must fill out this form.

 

Please note that your study plan may change upon your arrival due to scheduling conflicts or a limited number of places in your chosen courses. It is therefore recommended to make several course choices for each semester considered.