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5. Registration

Before you leave home, make sure you’ve carried out all the required steps regarding your course choices.

Prior to arrival, you need to be fully informed about your chosen program, particularly concerning registration and course selection procedures. For this reason, a thorough reading of your program calendar is in order.

You’ll also find valuable information on important dates in the academic calendar.

Here are a few important points to keep in mind!

French-language courses

Université de Montréal gives you the chance to brush up on your French prior to starting your program. TheFaculté d'éducation permanente offers intensive French courses each summer as well as courses on various aspects of Québec.

Course selection

All first-year undergraduate engineering students are given a course list. You can subsequently modify your course list online through the student portal ( However, you are advised to keep course changes to a minimum, particularly in your first semester. During subsequent semesters, you will choose your courses yourself via Polytechnique’s website. You are advised to follow the academic path suggested for your program in the course calendar.

Graduate students must have their course choices validated by their professor. If you are unable to meet with your professor, you can contact the graduate studies officer. The name of the person in charge is listed in thedepartmental directory.

Course changes

Undergraduate courses
The change period for courses lasting one semester or longer is during the first two weeks following the official start of courses each semester. For courses of seven weeks or less, the course change period lasts for one week. Students will not be charged tuition for courses withdrawn from during these periods, and the course name will not appear on their student record.

Graduate courses
To change or modify your course selection, you need to fill in the form titled Modification de plan d’études and submit it to the registrar.

Course withdrawals

Undergraduate courses
After the course change period, you can still withdraw from courses lasting one semester or longer, up to six weeks following the official start of courses in a given semester. For courses lasting seven weeks or less, this period lasts for three weeks. To withdraw from a course, you must do so in person at the Registrar’s Office. Note that students are authorized to drop courses only if they comply with certain regulations. See Regulation 6.6 in the calendar for more information.

When you withdraw from a course during this period, you will still be billed for tuition fees for that course. However, the course will appear on your student record as an “R,” indicating your withdrawal.

Graduate courses
Graduate students wishing to withdraw from a course must inform the registrar in writing within the deadlines specified in the academic calendar. Courses withdrawn within the deadline will appear on the student’s record as an “R.”

In-coming Exchange Students

In-coming Exchange Students

Consult the Course Selection for In-coming Exchange Students section (in French only)*