International Students

6. Book your Ticket

When to arrive in Montréal?

We recommend that our international students arrive within two to four weeks of starting their program.  This should provide you time to ease into the adaptation process, to find a place to live and to complete the necessary administrative procedures. You should also never underestimate culture shock: even for very good students, adapting to a new educational environment in a new country takes time. 

Avoid arriving more than four weeks before school starts however, since some Canadian Border Services Agents might question your motives for arriving this early.  Note that international students are not allowed to work or to conduct research activities in Polytechnique Montréal's facilities before the start of their program.  

It is important to consult the academic calendar before you book your plane ticket. Not only you must arrive in time for the orientation activities scheduled before classes begin, you also have to ensure that your stay covers the entire exam period.

Late arrivals

There are plenty of administrative procedures to complete upon arrival and arriving late could lead to academic problems. Students cannot arrive after the deadline for registration and course modification, which takes places some two weeks after the start of classes.   Registration to the ongoing term will not be maintained if the student is unable to arrive in Canada by the deadline. 

If you are likely to arrive late, please take good note of the information available on this page, as you might have to defer your arrival to the next term.  

University calendar - main dates

  Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Winter 2023
Back-to-school week - Week of August 22 -
Start of classes May 9 August 29 January 9
Deadline to arrive in Canada May 20 September 12 January 20
Labour Day (Holiday, no class) - September 5 -
Thanksgiving (Holiday, no class) - October 10 -
Reading week (no class) Long Summer term: June 24 to 1st July October 10 to 14 February 27 to March 3
Easter (Holiday, no class) - - April 7 to 10
Patriots day (Holiday, no class) May 23 - -
Exam period Short (intensive) Summer term : June 22-29
Long Summer term: August 20-26
December 9 to 23 April 21 to May 5