International students

Open to the world, Polytechnique Montréal relies on the sharing of ideas, knowledge and cultures. Its more than 2500 international students who contribute to its multiculturalism reflect this openness. This beautiful diversity encourages exchanges and celebrates differences.  

Understanding the educational system in Québec 

The educational system in Québec is characterized by certain unique features. We would like to help you better understand the system by starting with some definitions.


The academic year in university is divided into terms. The words term, semester and session are synonymous. Terms unfold as shown below:

  • Fall term: end of August to the end of December
  • Winter term: beginning of January to the end of April
  • Summer term: beginning of May to the end of August

A credit is the unit by which Polytechnique Montréal attributes a numeric value to the coursework expected of students to achieve the objectives of the pedagogical activity. 

Each credit represents the 45 hours (three hours per week during the term) a student must dedicate to course work, practical work, seminars, work placements or research, as well as completing homework assignments.

Courses and coursework

Each course is scheduled to take place over a 15-week period within a single term. Each course is worth a number of credits with its own coursework which unfolds in a ponderation of three blocks of prescribed hours per week. 

  • For example, the course GCH8650 is worth three credits and has a ponderation of hours/week of 3 - 2 - 4: therefore, the weekly workload required in this course are three hours in class, two hours of practical work and four hours of personal study.
Tuition fees

Tuition fees are due to be paid each term, not on a monthly or yearly schedule. Students will receive an invoice that must be paid approximately one month after the start of the term once the course drop deadline date has passed.

For more details about tuition fees and related annual fees by program to be paid, please consult the “budget” section of the page Cost of Study and Financial Aid.


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

For more information:


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 logging into your online admission account and accept the admission offer at Track your applications.

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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