Current students

This section is intended for current Polytechnique Montréal students who are studying either on-campus.

The next semester at Polytechnique Montréal is taking place primarily via distance learning (e-learning), in compliance with public health authority guidelines. While these circumstances are exceptional, at all levels of study our programs remain unchanged. Polytechnique’s primary objective is for degrees from the institution to retain their high value, and this commitment we make to students, as well as the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, and to society at large.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEMESTER >

Winter 2021 semester – International students – Internships and jobs – Financial assistance and bursaries – International exchange program – Mental health and psychological distress – Support for differently-abled students – Absences due to COVID-19

INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP WORK

  • To reserve a room for individual or group work, please make a reservation on the library website (in French only).

IMPORTANT DOCUMENT

ARE YOU A NEW STUDENT FOR THE WINTER 2021 SEMESTER?

GO-Poly is an integration and welcome program that’s here to assist you during your first year at Polytechnique.

Visit the GO-Poly website soon as you’ve accepted your Offer of Admission to learn all you need to know for a successful school year, including important dates, computer tools, registration, course selection, finances, accommodations, insurance and more!
STUDYING DURING COVID-19

Contact us
For further assistance, visit the Service informatique website.
 
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP OR JOB DURING COVID-19

It can be challenging to look for an internship or job during this unique time, which is why La Boussole has developed a five-step method - tailored to the current situation - that may be helpful.
Wherever your are in your search, check out this tailor-made tool for guidance!
Carreer Compass PDF

See also : Un stage en télétravail : c'est possible et gagnant! (.pdf - In French Only)
Mesures de prévention à appliquer au travail (.pdf - In French Only)

Contact us
Stages et emplois (Internships and jobs)
The Stages et emplois office will be open all summer.

 

THE LIBRARY TEAM IS CONTINUING TO PROVIDE SERVICES REMOTELY


At any time, you can consult the Library website to learn more about online services and resources offered, and view a list of all online resources accessible off-campus —e.g., books, journal articles. Remember to configure your browser proxy settings.

NOTE: The proxy address has changed. If you configured the proxy before October 2020, you must update your browser configuration.

Library staff can be reached by email at biblio@polymtl.ca.  

Winter 2021 semester

 

Studies – Winter 2021 semester

The next semester will take place mainly via distance learning (e-learning).

Polytechnique’s goal is to ensure that all enrolled students have the opportunity to safely participate in academic activities in person on campus. The quantity of those activities will nevertheless depend on our capacity to accommodate students while respecting public health guidelines that will be in effect in the fall. The health and well-being of the Polytechnique community remains the priority.

Courses, computer labs, and tutorials
  • Generally speaking, course lectures will take place via distance learning.
  • To effectively participate in academic activities, students must have access to a computer and a high-speed, reliable Internet connection.
  • If Winter 2021 is your first semester at Polytechnique, to make your integration into our community as smooth as possible, we will make every effort to ensure you can enrol in a course that you can attend in person on-campus, such as Relations interculturelles et vie universitaire (for preparatory year students), a group-work course (for bachelor’s level students), and other additional training courses (for graduate level students).1
  • Some courses may also partially take place on-campus; a list of these courses will be posted as soon as possible.
  • Tutorials and computer labs will take place via distance learning, in real time (i.e., as listed in the academic schedule). You will likely need to install software applications on your computer or connect to workstations in Polytechnique’s computer labs.

 

1. Courses CAP7702, CAP7003, CIV1205, ELE1001, GCH1140, IND1205, INF1040, MEC1205, PHS1205, SSH0101

Practical work requiring equipment-handling and integration projects
  • Every effort will be made to ensure that practical technological work requiring equipment, facilities, or other elements deemed essential can be completed on-campus. Note that designated time slots will be reserved initially for this purpose. As needed, educational and technical staff will offer students additional time slots, given the limited capacity resulting from the pandemic response.
  • On-campus space will be available to students for integration projects, as per means to be determined later.
Students who are unable to be physically present on campus
  • While it is desirable that as many students as possible join us in Montréal this September, to get the maximum benefit from in-person on-campus activities, there are some special challenges:
    • Some students returned to their home countries when borders closed; others are waiting for their Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) or Study Permit so they can return to Canada to start / continue their studies; others still are concerned about the availability of international flights.
    • Others who may currently be living in Québec’s regions, may wonder whether it is worthwhile to seek rental housing in Montréal.
    • Some students may be required to put themselves in quarantine upon arrival.
  • To accommodate all of these special cases, alternative arrangements will be offered for all activities that would otherwise normally take place on campus, including the possibility of deferred exams.
  • Students who will not be physically present in Montréal will not be permitted to enrol in courses slated to be taught entirely on campus.
Information specific to graduate studies

A list of courses offered on-campus in person during the Winter 2021 semester (note: list subject to change)

Presentations and defences

Conduct of In-person Dissertation Defences and Thesis Presentations or synthesis exams can now be held in person. Consult the guide for more information.

However, given the current pandemic, it is strongly recommended that thesis defences and presentations be conducted via videoconference at all times. To help you in your preparations, consult the guide for video conferencing presentations.

Forms for graduate studies

Until further notice, all forms must be completed and signed electronically by the student and their academic or research supervisor.

Equivalencies, transfer credits, and exemptions

  • If a professor has used Pass/Fail grades for the Winter 2020 semester, a course with a “Pass” grade may be transferred to a graduate studies program.
  • If the Pass/Fail determination for the Winter 2020 semester stems from transformation of the numeric grade (because it was below the course average or pass threshold), the course must have been passed with a grade above the pass threshold (minimum grade of B) to be transferred to a graduate studies program.

Extension of program length

All students who were enrolled in a graduate studies program in Winter, summer or Autumn 2020 will be granted two extra semesters (and not only one) without having to submit a request to extend the length of their program.

Resumption of research activities

Preparations are under way for lab and research activity resumption, and some students and faculty members may have some concerns.

All professors and their students are therefore urged to do the following, if they have not already done so:

  • Discuss or establish together a lab reopening action plan;
  • Listen to one another, so as to understand concerns and address them together;
  • Explore alternatives to activities normally performed in person, on-campus, and adjust students’ work plans so they may successfully complete academic projects.

The decision to physically return to the Polytechnique Montréal campus should be discussed in good faith by the student and their research supervisor.

A student may also discuss their concerns with the Agente aux dossiers étudiants responsible for their program, or with their Coordonnateur de d’études supérieures – CPES (graduate studies coordinator).

If a student feels that the Agente aux dossiers étudiants or the Coordonnateur de d’études supérieures – CPES (graduate studies coordinator) have displayed coercive behaviour, they should contact the Bureau d’intervention et de prévention des conflits et de la violenceBIPCV (Conflict and Violence Prevention and Response Office).

Information specific to certificate programs

A list of courses offered on-campus in person during the Winter 2021 semester (note: list subject to change)

 

Specifics:

  • CF270 hybrid course (in-person and e-learning)
  • CY211 hybrid course (in-person and e-learning)
  • TB125 course in hospital setting, entirely in-person

All exams are scheduled to be written in person at Polytechnique Montréal, with the exception of the following:

  • GU102 exam - in Drummondville
  • GU104 exam - in Trois-Rivières
  • Cyber exams are scheduled to be written:
    • simultaneously in-person and remotely (Proctored Exam), student’s choice;
    • remotely (VIA if open-book)
International Students

Last updated: December 16, 2020

The Polytechnique International Students website contains a wealth of useful information and resources for international students. There, you will find comprehensive answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Most Polytechnique Montréal services continue to be available during the pandemic, including the Registrariat, Stages et emplois, and Services aux étudiants (SEP); note that these services are available even for students located outside of Canada.

Refer to the International Students website to learn more about details associated with COVID-19 and the following subjects:

Graduating students – working after you complete your program

Read about off-campus work at the end of your studies to learn about your right to work given various possible scenarios: before obtaining a post-graduation work permit, before beginning a new program, and before leaving Canada

Post-graduation work permit applications

Graduates who plan on leaving Canada for the holidays are encouraged to watch the Question & Answer session (recorded on December 2nd 2020) in order to understand which conditions they need to meet to return to work in Canada.

During the pandemic period, the process for applying for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) remains essentially the same.

You should keep the following in mind:

  1. Processing times for applications submitted inside Canada as well as from other countries are longer than usual.
  2.  If you submit your request from Canada, you will temporarily be exempt from needing to provide biometric data, as this collection service is not yet offered by Service Canada. Students submitting their application from abroad must continue to provide their biometric data to a Visa Application Centre (VAC). As per the public health guidelines enacted in each country, VACs may be closed or function with significantly reduced staff levels. Without biometric data, your application will be submitted but will remain in an ‘awaiting processing’ state. For more information about IRCC easement measures related to biometrics, please refer to the IRCC website.
  3. If documents are missing from your application, the IRCC has already confirmed a 90 day grace period will be provided to you to furnish them (instead of the usual 30 day period). If you reach the end of the 90 day period and are still unable to provide requested documents, you must alert the IRCC via this web form, notifying the IRCC that you cannot provide the required details within the 90 day period. At this point, a second 90 day grace period will be accorded to you. Note that you do not have to contact the IRCC if you are abroad and require additional time to provide your biometric data.
  4. When submitting a PGWP application, you must provide your Attestation de fin d’études along with a final transcript from Polytechnique. You must order these documents from the Registrariat.
  5. You must submit your application within 180 days of receiving written confirmation from Polytechnique of completion of your program. You must also have in your possession a Study Permit that was valid for at least one day during the 180 day period the precedes your request.

For an overview of the process of obtaining a post-graduation work permit, please refer to the following SEP website, and view the archived webinar (in French) available on the French version of the above site.

Applications submitted in Canada:

You must hold valid Temporary Resident status when you submit your application for a PGWP - either as a student or a visitor.

  • If your CAQ and study permit expire before the end of your last academic semester (ex: permit expires November 30, and your semester ends December 31), you must renew them (refer to the section for Current Students).

    Valid study permit holders can work full-time as soon as they submit their PGWP, provided that their work permit authorizes off-campus employment.

    Students whose study permits have expired and who have applied to renew them (referred to as “implicit status”), should wait for their study permits to be issued before applying for their Post Graduation Work Permit. Students who submit an application for a PGWP while in implicit status can only begin working once they receive their PGWP.

  • If your CAQ and study permit are valid for the entire duration of your last term, but expire before the institution can confirm the end of your studies (ex: expires December 31, but your institution can only confirm the end of your studies as of January 2021), you must submit a request to extend your stay in Canada, before your study permit expires, and not extend your CAQ and study permit.

    Visitors or students with expired study permits who have applied to transition to visitor status before their study permit expires can apply for a PGWP, but must wait for approval prior to beginning work.

    Note that PGWP application processing times are currently several months long.

    Notwithstanding the previous paragraph and exceptionally, the IRCC will, for some Autumn graduates, accept the submission of a PGWP before the expiration of their study permits, in cases where these Autumn students’ documentation will expire before their end of studies attestation is issued, and before their final transcripts or issued. To qualify for this measure, which will facilitate rapid access to the labour market, you must:

    • Meet all other PGWP admissibility criteria;

    • Have successfully completed your academic program;

    • Provide a signed and dated letter that you then upload, in place of the document attesting to the end of your studies and of your final transcript, explaining how the pandemic has made it impossible for you to provide proof of program completion before the end of your study permit’s validity period. Indicate that you will transmit to the IRCC, any missing documents as soon as you receive them.

      For example, you may qualify if you are in one of the following cases (but in no way limited to):

      -You are an Autumn graduate who benefited from the temporary MIFI measure that authorized the automatic extension of the CAQ until December 31, 2020, and have therefore only been able to renew your study permit until that aforementioned date;

      -You are a student in a research program whose defense has been postponed to later on in the Autumn semester due to constraints associated with the pandemic

    • Provide IRCC with your attestation of end of study and your final transcript as soon as they are available via their web form.

Once your PGWP application has been submitted, you will be authorized to work full-time.

If you do not meet the criteria listed above, you will not be able to benefit from this measure and must in turn follow all procedures for a change of status as a visitor.

Warning! If you leave Canada while your PGWP is being processed, due to current travel restrictions, you will not be able to return to Canada before your PGWP is approved, given that your trip will not be considered essential by IRCC. Further, your PGWP will need to be sent to someone in Canada, who must then sent to you outside of Canada, in order for you to be able to re-enter Canada. As per IRCC, you will also need to have a valid job offer in order to return to Canada.

Applications submitted outside Canada:

If you are a graduating student, you can apply for a PGWP at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in another country. Graduates will be able to travel to Canada once their application is approved, provided they also have a valid job offer.

Applying at a point of entry (border crossing):

Until further notice, no student should “flagpole;” i.e., go to the land border between Canada and the U.S. to apply for their work permit, due to the governmental ban on all non-essential travel between countries. You must submit an online application from within Canada or from another country.

During the pandemic, having a valid study permit does not allow students to come to Canada to file a PGWP (Post Graduation Work Permit) upon arrival at the airport, since students who have graduated do not meet the condition of being active students in terms of Canada’s student immigration classifications.

Medical insurance

PGWP holders may register for RAMQ public health insurance coverage. There is normally a delay between registration and the time RAMQ coverage comes into effect. For more information, please contact RAMQ.

If you are covered under the Polytechnique Assurance santé et hospitalisation des étudiants étrangers – ASHEE, your can retain you insurance coverage provided that you continue to pay the premium, pending the start of your RAMQ coverage.

Graduating students who do not have either of these types of insurance should take out a private insurance policy to ensure they are covered in the event of an accident or illness.

International students currently outside Canada

Last updated: February 15, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE

This document contains a compilation of currently available information about restriction terms and conditions for entry into Canada taking into account existing travel restriction measures.

These measures and terms and conditions of arrival are subject to change without notice.

It is every students’ responsibility to check the terms and conditions that apply to their date of arrival. It is therefore important to visit government websites to confirm that the information contained in this document is accurate and up to date. Polytechnique can in no way be held responsible for any potential refusal by the competent travel authorities.

Important note: 

The Canadian government has recently announced new restrictions related to border and travel measures.

Below is an overview of the new measures:

  • All international passenger flights must land at one of four airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal only.
  • All travels to the Caribbean and Mexico will be canceled until April 30 2021. In addition to the already required negative pre-boarding test requirement, mandatory COVID-19 PCR testing will be required for anyone who arrives in Canada by air. This test will be performed immediately upon arrival and travellers will be required to wait up to three days for the results at Health Canada approved hotels. These measures will come into force as of February 22, 2021. Travellers will be able to book their hotels for the 3-day testing period as of February 18, 2021. The total costs of the test and the hotel stay will amount to around $2,000, all at the traveller’s expense. If the test results are negative, the traveller will be able to continue the rest of their mandatory quarantine period at their quarantine location under strict measures with increased surveillance. Travellers with a positive test result will need to stay at a designated government quarantine facility.
    For more information, please refer to: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coro...
  • Travellers at the ground border with the USA will also need to show a negative COVID test before crossing the border, and during their quarantine. These measures will come into force as of February 21, 2021.
    For more information, please refer to: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coro...

As of the present time, no exemption for international students has been announced, either for students coming to settle in Canada or those who are returning from a stay abroad.

We will regularly update this section.  For the most up-to-date information, please also refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website, and the Canadian Border Services Agency website.

1. Who can come to Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) permits you to travel to Canada, provided you fulfill all of the criteria listed below:

  • You are the holder of a valid study permit or of a letter of introduction indicating that your study permit application was approved
  • The educational establishment where you will be a student has an immediate intervention plan in the event that a COVID-19 case appears, and this plan has been approved by the Government of Québec. Polytechnique Montréal is listed as one of the establishments approved to open to international students;
  • You have no COVID-19 symptoms;
  • You hold proof of a negative COVID-19 test, for a test performed less than 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure;
  • You are registered for the Winter 2021 semester;
  • You have submitted to the IRCC via the ArriveCAN application, your feasible quarantine plan, as well as information about individuals assisting you to complete your quarantine, and your travel plan to your quarantine location.
  • You booked a hotel room (from among the list of hotels authorized by the Canadian government) for a 3-night stay upon your arrival to Canada, if you plan on arriving on February 22, 2021 or after.

Reminder - Immigration Rules:

  • If you are studying from your home country (outside of Canada), you are not required to have a Study Permit. However, when in-person courses begin again, you will be required to have valid immigration documents in order to come to Canada to study.
  • As an international student, you must be enrolled full-time – even if you are studying from a location outside of Canada.
  • Maintaining full-time student status (whether physically present in Canada or not) will provide you with the opportunity to apply for post-graduation work permits upon program completion.

International students may arrive in Canada during the Winter 2021 semester (i.e. after courses begin) because courses are currently being taught online. Ensure you have all required documents in order to enter Canada.

Family members:

Members of your immediate family (i.e. spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, parents, or step-parents, caregivers, or legal guardians) may accompany you to Canada or join you here, provided they can prove that their coming to Canada is non-discretionary. Family members may have the status of foreign workers, students, or visitors. Refer to the IRCC website for more information and details.

2. Considerations related to arriving for the Winter 2021 semester

To assist you in your reflections as to whether or not you should travel to Montréal at this point in the Winter 2021 semester, please consider the following points below:

  • Winter 2021 courses are being held online until the end of the semester. Only students that are taking inperson courses are allowed campus access;
  • Polytechnique Montréal has committed to providing final exam alternatives for international students located outside of Canada;
  • You must complete your quarantine in a location where you will be able to follow your courses adequately – including access to a computer, and reliable internet service;
  • You should avoid arriving during examination periods – such as final exam week;
  • You may need to complete your quarantine in a hotel should you not be able to find appropriate accommodations; a list of hotels appears in the document;
  • You will not be able to visit potential accommodations during your quarantine. As a result, you may need to stay in your quarantine location for longer than expected; remember to budget for this possibility in your financial planning;
  • You should be aware that there are significant restrictions in place throughout Montréal, for health and safety reasons. These restrictions are detailed on this website.

You must have in your possession a valid credit card upon arrival (VISA or Mastercard); this will enable you to make purchases (online and via phone) as you will not be able to go to store to purchase supplies during your mandatory 14-day quarantine.

3. Before boarding your flight

As of November 21, 2020, prior to your departure from your home country, you must have submitted (via the ArriveCAN app) your quarantine plan as well as additional information as required. You may also download the Canada Border Agency Services' CANBorder application, which will enable you to provide information that will simplify your arrival and limit points of contact. You must have your telephone with you when you arrive in Canada.

Mandatory COVID-19 testing prior to leaving for Canada
Anyone wishing to come to Canada (whether Canadian nationals or otherwise) must present, prior to boarding a plane, a written or electronic document attesting to a negative COVID-19 test, for a screening carried out less than 72 hours before their scheduled boarding. For additional information, please refer to the Government of Canada website.

As of February 22, 2021, travellers will also need to book a hotel room for a 3-night stay upon arrival in Canada.

To board a plane headed to Canada, you must pass a health check to confirm that you have no COVID-19 symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, the air carrier will refuse to allow you to board for a 14-day period, or until you present a medical certificate which confirms that your symptoms are not due to COVID-19.

Unless specifically exempted, you must wear a mask for the entire duration of your flight.

A summary of the requirements to be respected when entering Canada by air during the pandemic is available on the government’s website.

Have in-hand the following documents in order to answer the appropriate authorities’ questions about your departure to, and arrival in, Canada:

  • Your CAQ pour études (Certificate of Acceptance), duly received from the MIFI which confirms your acceptance;
  • The introductory letter for your Study Permit, issued by a Canadian Visa Office, as well as your passport, with your Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable);
  • Your Polytechnique Montréal Letter of Admission and attestation of registration for the Winter 2021 semester, which you can print out via your online student file;
  • Your completed quarantine plan (see Section 4.1 below);
  • Proof of financial capacity, and other relevant documents mentioned in the “Packing your bags” webpage.

Ask your air carrier when you should be at the airport in order to prepare for your flight, and what additional measures you need to follow (ex.: hygiene measures, meal distribution, etc.).

If you have a layover or connecting flight prior to arriving in Canada, you could also be subject to that country’s border controls.

4. Arrival in Canada

As of February 22, 2021, those entering Canada will have the obligation to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the Canadian airport.

A testing kit to be used during your quarantine will also be provided to you.

As soon as you exit the airport, you will need to go to the government-approved hotel that you have booked for 3 days, while waiting for your Canadian COVID-19 test results.

If your test results are negative, you will be able to complete your quarantine in the location that you chose for this period. 

Reminder: the mandatory quarantine is a 14-day period. If you spend 3 days in a government-authorized hotel, for 11 days, you will need to remain in the quarantine location indicated in your quarantine plan.

Should your test results be positive, you will need to go to a government-designated quarantine location. Canadian authorities will contact you and provide further instructions.

4.1. Quarantine Plan

Responsibility for preparing a credible quarantine plan rests solely with the traveller. To help you prepare for this, we have provided a sample quarantine plan (.pdf). We also invite you to consult the Accueil Plus website, which very clearly summarizes the measures that international students must comply with upon arrival in Canada.

You will need to plan all the aspects mentioned, and we advise you to have everything in writing. The border control officer or quarantine officer has the final say on what is considered an appropriate quarantine plan for entry into Canada.

Polytechnique does not offer a quarantine plan review service.

Once at your quarantine location, follow the instructions strictly, as there will be checks and there may be some very serious consequences for not complying with your quarantine plan.

Within 48 hours of your arrival in Canada, you must confirm by using the ArriveCAN application (or by calling toll-free 1-833-641-0343) that you have arrived in your quarantine location. You must also complete a daily self-assessment of COVID-19 symptoms during your quarantine.

4.2. Hotels for quarantining

Following your arrival in Canada and the 3-day stay at a hotel approved by the Canadian government, AND upon confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result, you will be able to spend the remaining 11 days of your quarantine in a hotel of your choice.

Polytechnique Montréal has an agreement with the Hotel Management International (HMI) company, who can facilitate your reservations at four hotels that have the necessary quarantine facilities (at your expense).

If you choose this option, you will need to make arrangements before you leave Canada. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open the application form and check out the hotels. In case of difficulty opening the form, use another web browser;
  2. Your application will be redirected to the hotel of your choice, which will then contact you to answer your questions, book the room and take payment by credit card if you wish to proceed. In the event that there is no availability for the chosen dates, HMI will contact you and offer you other options.

For more information about the hotels and how the service works, please write to info@hotelmanagementintl.com. Please note that Polytechnique Montréal assumes no responsibility for the services provided by HMI and offers no guarantee as to the quality of the participating hotels.

5. Looking for Accommodations

Refer to our website about looking for accommodations to familiarize yourself with accommodations in Montréal.

If you are quarantining in a temporary location (ex.: hotel or short term rental), remember to budget for additional nights. You will not be able to leave your quarantine location to look for more permanent housing until after the 14 days of self-isolation have concluded. Further, if you happen to develop COIVD-19 symptoms while in quarantine, you will need to budget for additional days in your quarantine location.

6. Documents to transmit to Polytechnique Montréal

Once you have arrived in Canada, you must:

  1. Transmit a copy of your CAQ and your Study Permit to the Registrariat (Registrar’s Office) via email at: registraire-caqpe@polymtl.ca. If you are physically present in Canada as of the start of the semester, you have until January 29, 2021 to send your documents to the Registrariat-Registrar’s Office. The latter is a mandatory condition in order to maintain your Winter 2021 semester registration. If you arrive in Canada later on in the semester, please transmit your documents to the Registrariat-Registrar’s Office upon arrival.
  2. Write to the Registrariat (Registrar’s Office) regist-assurances-etrangers@polymtl.ca to notify them of your arrival, so your health and hospitalization insurance can be activated. Students who are admissible to RAMQ should proceed with RAMQ registration as soon as they arrive.
7. If you develop symptoms of COVID

If you begin to develop symptoms that you believe might be COVID, please refer to and follow advice issued by the Government of Québec.

Further, determine your insurance coverage; information is available on this webpage.

If you are absent due to COVID-19, you must follow guidelines indicated on our website and advise Polytechnique Montréal of your illness.

Internships and jobs
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP OR JOB DURING COVID-19

It can be challenging to look for an internship or job during this unique time, which is why La Boussole has developed a five-step method - tailored to the current situation - that may be helpful. Refer to it to determine which aspects of your search are in good shape and which may need some improvement.

Wherever your are in your search, check out this tailor-made tool for guidance!
Easing of internship modalities

The minimal length for a recognized internship has been reduced to: Bacherlor’s programs - 280 hours, and Professional Master’s - 360 hours, for the Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters.

Deadlines for internship registration remain September 30, 2020 for the Autumn 2020 semester, and January 31 2021 for the Winter 2021 semester. 

For the Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters, no student will be subject to Règlement 9.10.2 Étudiant non autorisé à poursuivre ses études sans avoir complété son stage obligatoire (transl: Student not authorized to continue studies without having completed mandatory internship). Otherwise said, students will be able to register for courses without problems. 

Québec-based internship searches - Autumn 2020

Numerous Autumn 2020 internships are currently posted via La Ruche. Update your profile by checking « Automne 2020 » (Autumn 2020), and submitting your up-to-date CV. Posted internships offer positions with relevant mandates that will enable students to acquire enriching professional experience. Apply to the positions that appeal to you – employers are waiting to hear from you!

International students at Polytechnique must have their Internship Work Permit and a valid Study Permit for the entire duration of the internship, when embarking on internships. Important details about the above stipulations are available on the International Students website.

Québec-based internships – Autumn 2020

If you already have an Autumn 2020 internship planned and registered with La Ruche, note that the SSE will continue to monitor the situation in the event of any required changes. Should the situation require it, in concert with your Internship Coordinator and employer, one of the following measures may be considered:

  • Modification of internship start or finish dates;
  • Completion of the internship via telework (partially or fully);
  • Revision of the nature of the mandate, while respecting health and well-being protocols;
  • Exploration of the possibility of completing an equivalent mandatory internship.

Contact your Internship Coordinator vial email if your current employer decides to modify or cancel your internship.

International internships – Autumn 2020

Polytechnique Montréal has suspended international internships for the Autumn 2020 semester, with the exception of those who are already in their host country. It is still possible for an international student to complete a stage in their country of origin.

International students completing internships at a Polytechnique Montréal lab – Autumn 2020

Polytechnique Montréal has postponed all research internships for international students who are not already present in Canada. Your academic or research supervisor should have already contacted you to discuss your particular situation, deciding with you whether or not to postpone your internship until Winter 2021, to postpone until a different semester, or to cancel the internship.

Financial Assistance And Bursaries
Government of Québec student loans and bursaries

Program Improvements

Student financial aid (Aide financière aux études) has announced improvements to the student loans and bursaries programs to ensure students’ needs are met, and to encourage students to return to their studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the following webpage for more details about changes.

Financial aid suspended?

If you received an email stating that your student loan payment has been suspended, or if you still haven’t received your student loan payment (from the Government of Québec Student loans and bursaries) please send a detailed email to the team at Service aux étudiants à afe@polymtl.ca. In your email, indicate your Student ID Number and a telephone number where we can reach you. An advisor will examine your situation and contact you to provide appropriate assistance.

Guarantee Certificate

Full-time students waiting for Guarantee Certificates for their Government of Québec Student loans and bursaries may access these forms online via Services en ligne de l’Aide financière aux études. Once you access this document, you can transmit the Guarantee Certificate to your financial institution (refer to this list for financial institutions participating in the Québec Student Loans and Bursaries programs); you should then be able to receive your student loan payments. Please communicate directly with your financial institution to determine how to best transmit the document to them.

Part-time students: the Government of Québec Student loans and bursaries program has sent Guarantee Certificates directly to you via postal mail.

Tax forms

You may access tax forms related to your student financial aid via Services en ligne de l’Aide financière aux études, under the heading « Votre dossier - Feuillets fiscaux » (My Profile; Tax Forms)

Polytechnique Montréal emergency financial aid fund

Are you currently experiencing financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Is having to study remotely mean you’re unexpectedly spending more on equipment, accommodations, or travel?

Know that there is an emergency financial aid fund available exclusively for Polytechnique Montréal students who are experiencing financial need because of the pandemic.

* To ensure that emergency assistance is attributed to the most urgent cases, prior to submitting a request, please ensure that you have exhausted all other possible financial avenues, including sources of government aid.

Food Banks and other resources

Food Banks

Refer to the Food Banks of Québec website to find a foodbank near you.

211 Community and Social Resources

Dialing 211 from your telephone will connect you to 211 Community and Social Resources – Greater Montréal, a service where you can be directed to a variety of resources to assist you. Consult their online repertoire or call them directly at 211 to speak with someone.

Mental health and psychological distress

Services aux étudiants offices (SEP) currently offer remote services. Students can contact Advisors via email at: sep-reussite@polymtl.ca.

If you are experiencing psychological distress and need immediate assistance, the Programme Mieux-Être is a confidential assistance service for all Polytechnique Montreal students, available 24/7.

  • In Canada and the United States: 1-833-851-1363
  • For international access to the helpline, visit your student association's website:

You can also contact:

  • the Info-Social consultation service at 811 ;
  • the Centre d'intervention de crise TRACOM at 514 483-3033;
  • TEL-AIDE at 514 935-1101.

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Support for differently-abled students

Any differently-abled students (étudiant en situation de handicap) (in French only) can access accommodations for their exams and assessments.

To be recognized as a differently-abled student and to access accommodations, you must make a remote appointment with an advisor and open a file. Refer to the Service aux étudiants website for more details and the process to follow.

After opening a file, students are encouraged to sign their confidential and customized intervention plan, and an exam agreement (among other documents). It is essential that students sign the latter document (exam agreement) in order to understand the commitments that must be respected in order for exams to be organized and held for the 2020-2021 academic year.

For additional details, please refer to exam administration with accommodations (in French only) on the Service aux étudiants website.

Absences due to covid-19

If you are sick with COVID-19, please complete the secure voluntary disclosure form so Polytechnique can collect data required for pandemic management purposes. Please include any relevant information. After completing the form, don’t forget to select the Soumettre (Submit form)  button to transmit the form. 

If you are sick with COVID-19 AND you must miss a graded activity (midterm exam, lab, practical work, oral presentation, class, final exam, or other) during the period which you are incapacitated, you must also complete the Formulaire de motivation d'absence du Registrariat (Absence justification form issued by the Registrar’s Office). This form will be used to determine whether your request will be accepted or rejected. Exceptionally, given that clinics and hospitals are busier because of the pandemic, Polytechnique will not require a medical note.