When to arrive?
Classes begin at the end of August or the beginning of September for
the fall session and the first week of January for the winter session.
For students who begin their studies in the fall session, it is highly
recommended that you arrive in mid- August. For students who begin
their studies in the winter session, it is a good idea to arrive in
mid-December or wait until the first week of January, because the
UdeM is closed during the holiday season, usually from December 23 to
January 4. It is a good idea to arrive at least two weeks before
the beginning of classes to get settled and become familiar with your
new environment. Students who cannot arrive on time for the beginning
of classes must check with their department or faculty to see if they
will be able to register late. Students who arrive late for any reason
may have problems catching up.
Most students arrive at Montreal international airport - Montreal-Trudeau. Once you have exited the airplane,
you will be directed to the Canadian immigration office, where you
will have to present your passport and, depending on the case, your
student visa, so that they can run a check on it, or even the letter
from the Canadian Embassy authorizing issuance of your visa. Students
should only leave the airport once these procedures have been completed.
In addition to the passport, student visa or letter from the embassy,
the immigration officer can ask for the letter of admission from the
UdeM and proof of funds. It is therefore recommended that you have
these documents within reach.
Welcome services for international students-Accueil Plus
Avalaible from early August to early September 2015
This welcome service offers to new international students help as they arrive into Montreal airport.
- Streamlined procedures with the Canada Border Services Agency: this service aims at reducing the waiting time of international students whose first port of entry in Canada is Montréal-Trudeau Airport and who must be provided with their study permit upon their arrival at the airport.
You must register at least 24h before arriving at Montréal-Trudeau airport to benefit from this service
Registration for the 2015 fall semester will start mid-May
Service at the reception desk:
- your university or college as well as the first steps you need to take when arriving on campus.
- the transportation services available to access downtown or other Québec cities.
- temporary lodging available in Montréal for your first few nights in the city.
- life in Québec.
- telephone services are provided so you may call home to confirm your safe arrival.
- Internet access.
Transportation to downtown Montréal
Once you have completed immigration procedures and picked up your
luggage, you will want to go to downtown Montréal. Students
who land at Montreal-Trudeau Airport (located 20 km from downtown) have few options:
1) The public transportation service (STM) also provides the 747 bus line will lead you to Berri-UQAM metro station for 10$.
3) The taxi costs about $40. A taxi from downtown Montréal to the UdeM costs about
$15. By public transportation (bus or metro), it will cost as little
Students admitted in veterinary sciences must go to Saint-Hyacinthe,
located 40 km Southeast of Montréal. From the airport, the
shuttle bus will take you to the bus station in downtown Montréal.
This station is connected to the Berri-UQAM metro station. For $3,25
students can take the metro to the Longueuil metro station. The CITVR
Transport company runs a shuttle between Longueuil metro station and
the Saint Hyacinthe municipality for about $9. The cost of taking
a taxi from downtown Montréal to Saint Hyacinthe is about $100.
Reception at the UdeM
In the first days following their arrival, new students are invited
to introduce themselves to the Bureau des étudiants internationaux
(BEI). The BEI organizes welcome activities at the beginning of the fall and
winter sessions to orient new students and give them information on
various aspects of living in Montréal, the procedures to follow
on campus and the special features of the Québec educational
system. An information kit is distributed to all new students.
Students who attend these meetings must bring their passports, student
visas, CAQ and proof of Medical insurance coverage(if they are eligible to
be exempt from paying contributions to the UdeM group Medical insurance coverage
plan). The BEI is the unit designated to make copies of these documents
for each student’s records. The student card is issued only
after this process has been completed.
To find out the schedule of all our activities.