A series of tools and activities are available to help new students get to know the academic system at Polytechnique.
The Service aux étudiants has selected essential information that all new students should know in order to get off to a good start. This is your survival guide, filled with information about things you need to consider before classes begin, during the first days of your semester, and throughout your time with us.
The guide is handed out at back-to-school time, and is available at the Service aux étudiants (SEP). You can also view it online.
This mandatory activity is a presentation given by the directors. They provide a general overview of Polytechnique, its graduate programs, its research, the services and resources available for students, and the administrative processes to undertake at the start of the semester. After the presentation, students are grouped together by engineering specialty and given more information by their respective departments.
The following welcome activities take place in late August and early January.
This orientation day, organized by the SEP, is mandatory for all new students starting at Polytechnique: temporary residents of Canada (study permit) and permanent residents or Canadian citizens who have never studied in a Québec CEGEP or university. The workshop helps them get to know how Polytechnique works. The topics addressed include:
- First steps at Polytechnique and on-campus resources;
- The education system and strategies for success: workload, marks, course choices, pace of progress, language skills and employability;
- Student challenges, cultural adaptation and stress management;
- Rules and plagiarism;
- Budgeting: tuition fees and money management;
- Legal status in Canada: health insurance and immigration;
- Student associations;
- Learning about Québec.
These orientation activities are held in late August and early January.
Strong graduate academic supervision is based on a friendly, professional relationship between the student and their supervisor. This means you need to talk honestly with your supervisor before and during your entire program of study.
To guide you, we invite you to read the Supervision Policy for Graduate Students as well as the list of questions you should talk about with your supervisor.
When new graduate students arrive, each department sets up a welcome activity to introduce students to the spaces they’ll be using and to the services provided by the departments. This is also the opportunity for you to meet your research or academic supervisor, professors and department staff. The activities provided vary from one department to the next, and some departments offer them only in the fall semester.
Your home department will be in touch with you to inform you about welcome activities.
In addition to a tour of the library, this basic activity will help you optimize your use of student services and tools.
This is a mandatory workshop for doctoral students. It aims to inform students about the various aspects of the doctorate they need to consider to ensure their success: skills to develop, key milestones in the doctoral process, pitfalls to avoid, expected deliverables, success criteria and the means to meet them, and scientific, personal and professional aspects. All doctoral students must take this workshop during their first semester. It is automatically included in their study plan.
This workshop is part of the complementary doctoral training program, which consists of a series of four workshops aiming to enrich doctoral studies through extra-disciplinary skills.
This general education workshop is mandatory for all new graduate students enrolled in a program. It is automatically included in the first semester’s schedule.
- Health and safety training (in French only)
In addition to the research or academic supervisor who guides students throughout their studies and directs their research or study project, the departments place valuable resources at your disposal.
For questions about course processes or for any kind of special assistance need, students may address the person in charge of their program or the person assigned to helping new students within their department. This person is the graduate program co-ordinator (CPÉS).
Students can also contact the student affairs officer in their department for questions concerning deadlines, regulations specific to the department, and so forth.
In addition to providing career management advisory services, the Service des stages et du placement offers career management workshops and organizes numerous recruitment and networking activities. With an appointment, you can get assistance with your job search and personalized advice on questions relative to your career.
- Internship and Placement Service Website (in French only)
This workshop helps students to identify winning strategies for job or internship seeking. International students will find plenty of information on the particularities of job seeking in Québec and Canada.
- Schedule of workshops (in French only)
This workshop is designed to help graduate students improve their skills and confidence when it comes to job interviews. Prerequisite: have attended the Job Search Strategies workshop.
- Schedule of workshops (in French only)