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Important academic information

Academic calendar


The academic year is divided in 3 semesters: fall, winter, summer.

Fall semester: September to December

Winter semester: January to April

Summer semester: May to August

Please visit the University's academic calendar to find out the exact dates of each semester.

Teaching and evaluation methods

The Québec university system emphasizes the development of analytical and synthesis skills and the integration of theory through practical application. Students must work in a sustained and regular manner to deepen the notions presented in the courses. Students must therefore have good organizational skills.   

For more information on the Québec educational system, visit the Website of the Québec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion.

At UdeM, academic progress is measured throughout the semester. Evaluation formats may vary from one course to another, but evaluation is generally done through mid-term examinations, final examinations, and course work. 

Throughout their studies, students may benefit from the services of the Student Support Center for Success.  

Credit equivalences

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) has the goal of facilitating the recognition of studies abroad.

At UdeM, credit equivalences are as follows:

  • Undergraduate, 1 UdeM credit = 2 ECTS.
  • Graduate, 3 UdeM credits = 8-10 ECTS.


Your home institution determines exact equivalences.

You must be enrolled in a minimum number of credits during each semester to be considered a full-time student:

  • Undergraduate, 12 UdeM credits (1 credit = 15 course hours).
  • Graduate, 6 UdeM credits.





The Office of the Registrar issues transcripts at the end of the semester (see academic calendar) The UdeM rating scale is indicated on the transcript. The transcript will be sent to the student's home institution.