In addition to tackling the challenges of integrating into a new study environment, international students must handle a series of logistics obligations in order to confirm their status and settle in Montréal. The Service aux étudiants (SEP) offers the following activities to support students in this process.
The Service aux étudiants provides all the information you need to prepare for your stay, in 10 key steps.
This service provides a personalized welcome to international students at the Montréal airport. The service speeds up border crossing. As well, greeting officers are on site to welcome, inform and orient new students.
All new international students who are temporary residents (with study permits) must submit the required documents to the Registrar to finalize their enrolment (letter of admission, passport, certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) or proof of exemption, study permit, social security form for countries with this agreement, RAMQ card or attestation if available).
The SEP team offers various activities to help with finding an apartment and help you think about items to consider when moving to Montréal:
- Several periods of apartment-seeking help with computers and telephones placed at students’ disposal;
- Workshop on effective apartment-seeking in Montréal – the advice provided can considerably speed up your search;
- Workshop to help newcomers to Montréal with the following subjects: transport, furniture, telephone, internet, health, food, banking, budgeting, sports and leisure.
- Workshop Schedule
Some students will be facing a Québec winter for the first time. This workshop gives them tips and tricks for better enjoying the season.
As a complement to the welcome and information sessions, these dynamic interactive tours take new students out to explore and learn about the campus and the services available to them. The itinerary includes a tour of the library and a visit to the campus’s main buildings.
- Back-to-school tours: polymtl.ca/rentree/en
- Throughout the year: polymtl.ca/futur/etudiant/visitesguidees.php (in French only)
This workshop covers the basics of income tax laws for newcomers to Canada. Everyone living in Canada, even temporarily, must declare their income to the Revenu Québec and Revenue Canada agencies, even if they have no income in Canada.
This workshop answers questions about the certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ), study permits and temporary resident visas in order to help people renew their Canadian residency permits properly.
The SEP offers workshops on work permits aimed at different categories of people who want to work in Canada: students who are temporary residents (study permit) in the full program and graduating students who wish to stay in Canada following their studies.
A staff member from the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion comes to campus to explain everything a student who wants to immigrate to Québec permanently needs to know about these complex procedures.
ATELIER DE RÉFLEXION SUR LA TRANSITION APRÈS LES ÉTUDES ET L’INTÉGRATION DU MARCHÉ DU TRAVAIL QUÉBÉCOIS
À la fin de leurs études, les étudiants internationaux se questionnent sur leur avenir au Canada. Le SEP propose un atelier de réflexion sur les différentes possibilités qui s’offrent à eux après la fin des études. Pour sa part, le Service des stages et du placement conseille les finissants sur les rouages du marché du travail québécois.
See Student Services for more information on all the services offered to international students.