International Students

9. Welcome to Montreal

Last update: April 3, 2024

Requirements upon entry to Canada:

  • You must possess all the necessary documentation to study in Canada:
    Passport, CAQ for studies, study permit approval, temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA).  
  • You have to hold a valid Offer of Admission for Summer 2024 and either be registered to that term or intend to register.

Start of classes and deadline to arrive in Canada: 

  • Classes begin on May 6. We advise you to arrive two to four weeks before the start of classes, in order to give you time to settle in Montréal.  This will help you begin your program in the best conditions possible.  
  • You must have submitted your study plan and registered your courses in your student file before the deadlines.
  • You have until May 19 to enter Canada, in order to maintain your registration for the Summer term. No exception will be made to that date. If you cannot make it on time to Canada, you will need to defer the start of your program, if your admission is still valid for the next term.  Students whose offer of admission is no longer valid must submit a new application before the deadline.  In the event of deferral or re-admission, we also advise you to delay your arrival in Canada, to avoid problems at the border.  Please note that it is forbidden to work in Canada before the start of your program.

SPECIFIC FEATURES OF OUR SUMMER COURSES

  • Summer courses are offered in intensive mode, over a period of about two months, or in regular mode, over the normal term length of about 4 months.   Arriving after classes have begun can have a very negative impact on your success, especially if you have chosen an intensive course.
  • If you are applying for admission to a DESS or professional master's program, we encourage you to check the course offerings in your program, as they are usually very limited in the summer. In the absence of sufficient course offerings, you should postpone your admission and accordingly postpone your arrival in Canada.

Requirements upon entry to Canada:

Before coming to Canada, make sure that you have all the necessary documents:

  • Students in a degree-granting program and on a two-terms exchange program: Passport, CAQ for studies, study permit approval, temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA).  
  • Students on exchange for one term:
    -Passport and TRV or eTA
    OR
    -Passport, CAQ for studies, Study permit approval and TRV or eTA
  • You have to hold a valid Offer of Admission for Fall 2024 and either be registered to that term or intend to register.

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Start of classes and deadline to arrive in Canada: 

  • Classes begin on August 26. We recommend that you arrive between two and four weeks before your courses start, so that you have time to get your bearings in the city, find accommodation and attend the Go-Poly welcome activities.   In this way, you'll be able to start your program in favorable conditions.  
  • You have until September 10 to enter Canada, in order to maintain your registration for the Fall term. No exception will be made to that date. If you cannot make it on time to Canada, you will need to defer the start of your program to the next term:
    -Deferring for Undergraduate students
    -Deferring for Graduate students

Students whose offer of admission is no longer valid for the next term must submit a new application before the deadlines:

-Deadlines for Undergraduates Programs
-Deadlines for Graduate Programs

Exchange students who are unable to arrive by the deadline should write to: etudiant.echange@polymtl.ca 

If you are deferring or re-applying for admission, you should also postpone your arrival in Canada to avoid problems at the border.  Please note that it is forbidden to work in Canada before the start of your program. 

PRE-DEPARTURE PREPARATIONS AND ENTRY TO CANADA

The final decision on whether or not you will be admitted to Canada as a student rests with the border services officer you will meet, even if your application has previously been approved by a visa office.  The officer must understand that you are a bona fide student.  You can demonstrate this by presenting the following documents:

We recommend that you have the printed version of your documents on hand to facilitate the processing of your application. 

Documents to be provided to the Registrar's Office upon arrival

Do not forget to send a copy of your immigration documents to the Registrar's Office upon your arrival in Canada.  Consult the New Student Journey according to your program for more information.

Students who are eligible to an exemption from the mandatory insurances for international students (ASHEE) must also send proof of their exemption to the Registrar's Office.