International Students

Preparing for your stay

The information below is intended for international students who have been admitted to Polytechnique Montréal. If you're interested in submitting an application, please visit the website for future students.


Complete immigration procedures

As soon as you receive your admission letter, start your immigration procedures: your passport, CAQ for studies, study permit, temporary resident visa and transit visa, if necessary. Processing times: 1 to 6 months.

Budget for life in Montréal, as well as your tuition / academic fees

Ensure your budget includes costs of living and tuition /academic fees for the entire duration of your stay in Canada.   

Learn about health insurance

Health insurance for international students is mandatory. If you are admissible for an exemption, you must begin the exemption process before your departure.

Register for welcome activities during La Rentrée (back-to-school week)

Register for mandatory International student activities. Make sure to register before the deadline!


Learn about your program's course progression and course choice / registration.

Book your plane tickets

Ensure that you will arrive on time to participate in welcome activities prior to classes starting, and know that you must remain here until the last day of the exam period. Click the title above to view important dates in the university calendar and tips about buying your plane tickets.

Book your accomodations

Where can you stay your first few days in Montréal? How can you find housing for the duration of your studies?  Find out more in this section.

Packing your luggage

Your departure date is fast approaching and you're wondering what to bring? Find out what to bring here -- and what to leave at home.

Upon entry to Canada: immigration procedures

As soon as you enter Canadian territory, you should inform Canadian Border Service Agents that you're a student, here to study. Immigration processsing occurs at your first point of entry.  

Learn more about your temporary adopted city and province 

It's thrilling: a new school, a new country and a new culture await you! Living abroad is an exciting and enriching experience that nonetheless requires a little bit of preparation. Be curious and learn about Montréal and Québec before you leave home.   


Students in a full degree program:

Exchange students (including double diploma option):