International students

Open to the world, Polytechnique Montréal relies on the sharing of ideas, knowledge and cultures. Its more than 1900 international students who contribute to its multiculturalism reflect this openness. This beautiful diversity encourages exchanges and celebrates differences.  


You are about to leave your country to attend Polytechnique?
You have questions or concerns about your arrival in Montréal?
The International Students Office is there to help!

Whether it’s before your arrival or if you are already attending Polytechnique, the International Students Office of Polytechnique Student Services offers numerous workshops, resources and activities to ensure your success as well as your academic, social, personal and intercultural adaptations. Its website is full of practical information that will help guide you throughout your studies in Québec. You will find information on a variety of subjects:

  • Immigration
  • Preparing for you stay
  • Budget
  • Housing
  • Health and insurances
  • Work and internships
  • Daily life in Québec

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At the start of the school year, Polytechnique Student Services organizes integration activities to help you adapt to a new study environment, discover life at Polytechnique and in Montreal and build friendships with your new colleagues. It also offers a range of resources and services that aim at helping you succeed both academically and personally:

  • Open house and orientation days designed specially for international students;
  • Workshops created specifically to support and equip international students so they can meet their challenges successfully;
  • Tutoring and mentoring programs, workshops on efficient study methods, mathematics consultation centre;
  • Psychological support and individual consultations by a team of professional counsellors;
  • Relief measures for students with disabilities.

For more information: (in French only)

Language requirements

Polytechnique Montréal is a francophone university of international calibre. The language of teaching is French, so a minimum knowledge of the language is required to ensure smooth integration into the academic and social milieu. It is possible, however, depending on programs, to do some of your courses in one of Polytechnique’s Anglophone partner universities.

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French Courses

As Polytechnique Montréal is affiliated to the Université de Montréal, you may follow some French courses on campus. If you are at beginners, intermediate or advanced level, these courses will be of great benefit to you and will help you develop your oral communication skills. Several semesters of courses are given, including spring and summer. You may start the French courses before starting your study program or during it. Night and weekend courses are also available throughout the year. A fee exemption is given to Polytechnique students who are already enrolled in a study program.

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To ensure the smooth sailing of your application and preparation for your arrival in Montreal, please follow these ensuing steps attentively:

Step 1. Submit your application

Before submitting your application, be sure you meet all the conditions of admission and the conditions specific to your program and respect the application deadline in effect for the desired starting semester.  

Application deadlines:

  • Autumn semester: March 1st
  • Winter semester: June 1st
  • Summer semester: November 15th

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Step 2. Accept your offer of admission

If you receive an offer of admission from Polytechnique Montréal, you must confirm your acceptance or decline to accept the offer of admission as soon as possible. This can be done by sending an e-mail to The full procedure to follow is set out in the response card you will receive with your offer of admission.

Step 3. Prepare for your stay

To help you prepare for your trip and get set for your new environment, we encourage you to follow, step by step, the information offered by the Student Services.

  1. Immigration
  2. Budget
  3. Health and insurances
  4. Orientation and integration activities
  5. Registration
  6. Book your ticket
  7. Housing / temporary housing
  8. Packing your bags
  9. Entry to Canada: immigration procedures
  10. Future environment

We recommend you arrive in Montreal at least 15 days before the start of classes. This is usually enough time to find housing and get settled. Also, in the weeks prior to the start of classes, all newly arrived students in Canada must attend a mandatory orientation and welcome session. This will be essential to help you start off on the right foot in your new environment.

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International students