Under bilateral agreements between Québec and the countries listed under "Tuition fees", a part of the tuition fees normally charged to foreign students can be waived for certain foreign students. The students for whom this applies pay the same tuition as students from Québec. To apply, you must contact the federal minister of education or foreign affairs or international cooperation in your country. All applications must be approved by the government of the country concerned and forwarded through the diplomatic mission.
The UdeM also manages a program of approximately 90 scholarships exempting foreign students registered full-time in a graduate or doctoral program from tuition fees. Students who receive this kind of scholarship are exempted from a part of the tuition normally payable. The scholarships are awarded for three sessions at a time upon review of the applications and according to the quality of the academic records. No scholarship is awarded for thesis-writing sessions (for which the tuition is the same for everyone). All foreign students enrolled or about to be enrolled in a graduate program are eligible, except recipients of scholarships from international organizations or the Canadian International Development Agency. Recipients of scholarships from the Canadian government or another government (local or foreign) are only eligible if an agreement is made with the UdeM.
The Québec Minister of Education has signed bilateral agreements with more than forty countries and international organizations, according to which certain foreign students may be exempt from differential tuition fees (see "Tuition fees"). To be sure that their application is considered under this program, applicants from these countries must prove that they have already applied to their government for a scholarship exempting them from tuition fees. A copy of the confirmation of receipt or an equivalent document from government authorities must be submitted with the scholarship application.
The UdeM scholarship exempting students from tuition fees is valid for the minimum length of time it takes to complete a program on the condition that recipients succeed in their studies and are enrolled full time. The scholarship can also cover one or two sessions of preparatory education. To apply, students must fill out the form and submit it to their research directors, accompanied by six copies of the supporting documents. The research director must also enclose a letter of recommendation with it.
These items must all be sent to the heads of the administrative or academic units concerned, who rank the applications in order of priority. The applications are then sent to the Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales to be reviewed by a panel. Doctoral students can also apply for a renewal of their scholarships to complete their education.
The applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
The scholarship application must include seven copies of the following documents (original plus six copies):
Visit the Faculté des études supérieures et postdocotrales (FESP) Web site to find out about the deadlines for submitting a scholarship application.
Forms and documentation
You can obtain application forms and a guide for applicants on the FESP Internet site, at the office of the FESP dean's assistant or from departments and faculties. To find out more about the UdeM tuition exemption scholarship program, contact:
Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Canada H3C 3J7
Fax: (514) 343-2252