Studying at the Université de Montréal means...

Finding a path that reflects you

With one of the biggest selections of programs in Canada, you're sure to find a path that matches your aspirations.

All our study programs—both undergraduate and graduate—offer you a high-quality education and the choice to specialize according to your interests and aspirations.

Get an education that is recognized around the world

The Université de Montréal is ranked among the top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. With 13 faculties and schools, UdeM offers one of the widest choices of programs in Canada and one of the most thriving places in the world for inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Students who earn a degree from UdeM will find that it is recognized around the world, since the Canadian education system is compatible with the European and American systems.

Imagining the future, together

Studying at the Université de Montréal means being part of a vibrant community that values each of its members. It's an opportunity to explore, learn and share new knowledge that will help shape the world of tomorrow.

It’s a place where you’ll meet approachable, available and responsive teachers and mentors and network with open-minded students from all around the world. A new family awaits you!

Discovering one of the first student cities in North America

Montreal is ranked 9th in the world by the 2022 QS Best Student Cities Ranking! This lively city, considered to be the cultural capital of Canada, is beloved for its European atmosphere, quality of life, safe streets, affordable cost of living and bilingual French-English population.

But don’t let its old-world charm fool you. Montreal is also a modern city fueled by North American innovation, recognized in fields such as health, biotechnology, biopharmaceutical research, the environment and information technology

International by nature, the Université de Montréal is ranked among the top five universities in Canada and the French-speaking world.

General admission requirements for undergraduate programs

Several options are available to you

To pursue university studies at UdeM, candidates from other Canadian provinces must have a pre-university high school diploma (or equivalent) and choose one of the following two options:

  • Follow the Preparatory Year program* designed to provide students with the general education and skills they need to succeed in their intended study program. Students can only be admitted to the program of their choice upon the successful completion of these preparatory courses and if they meet the admission criteria.
  • Follow one of the UdeM 4-year Bachelor's programs (offered for some programs). Students can immerse themselves in their field of study from the first year by taking courses specific to the chosen discipline as well as preparatory courses. This pathway requires a single application for admission.

Did you know?

Quebec students complete two years of college after high school. This is why bachelor's degrees last three years.

You can find the requirements and prerequisites for the program of your interest by visiting the program page under the "Admission and Regulations" tab. You can access the program pages from the sections of the Undergraduate Studies page.

Are you interested in applying to the Law or Architecture programs? Good news! Canadian candidates from outside Quebec are eligible for professional programs directly after the Preparatory Year, provided they meet the requirements of the program in question.

Health Programs

Programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine and optometry require the candidate to have a post-secondary degree (Bachelor's or CEGEP diploma) and to be a Quebecer. Please note that the Preparatory Year does not lead to these programs.

Under interprovincial agreements, a limited number of spaces are reserved for students from Ontario and the Maritime provinces who wish to pursue their studies in French and then return to their home province to practice their profession in French in disciplines not offered by universities in their province.

* Students with an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree or who have already completed a first year of university studies may, subject to meeting the program requirements, be exempted from the Preparatory Year.

Academic equivalency

See the equivalencey level page to find out how your degrees compare to the Quebec education system.

General admission requirements for graduate programs

With 465 research units, the Université de Montréal is recognized as one of the most dynamic universities in Canada. Its researchers benefit from a wide range of opportunities and conditions: research within the University, national and international teaching and research collaborations, plus state-of-the-art equipment, on campus or in an affiliated centre.

  • To be eligible for graduate studies (Master's and DESS), the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree.
  • To be eligible for postgraduate studies (PhD), the candidate must have a research Master's degree.

Specific requirements for the program of your interest can be found on the program page under the "Admission and Regulations" tab. You can access the program pages from sections on the Graduate Studies page. For more information about the minimum requirements for Canadian universities, visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

French admissions requirements

Studying at university is a way to improve your knowledge of French, a language spoken by tens of millions of people around the world.  A knowledge of spoken and written French is a prerequisite for university studies at UdeM. To be eligible for a program, candidates must prove that their knowledge of French meets the requirements for their study program.

Although the Université de Montréal is a French-language university, many of our research departments are open to creating a bilingual environment for students in graduate programs.

The UdeM also offers many tools and programs to help you improve your French skills. Discover them on the Get help with French page.

Cost and finances

Tuition fees

In Quebec, fees are not differentiated by program. Tuition fees are the same whether you are studying dentistry or history.

Tuition fees for Canadian students who are not residents of Quebec are different from those of Quebec students. See the regulations to learn about the criteria required to meet the definition of a Quebec resident.

To get an estimate for the cost of studying for one session at the Université de Montréal, please consult the tuition fee calculator.

Once your registration at UdeM has been confirmed, you will receive an invoice each session for your tuition and fees for that period.

Scholarships and financial aid

There are many scholarships and financial aid packages for Canadian students. To learn more, see the directory of scholarships.

To help you plan for the cost of your student life, check out our Budgeting help page.

Canadian students from outside Quebec may also be eligible for scholarships from their home province. Visit the Bureau de l'aide financière website for more information.

How to apply for admission

Steps toward your admission to UdeM:

  1. Explore our study programs.
  2. Prepare your application with the Compass interactive checklist
  3. Submit your application and make up to 3 program choices.
  4. Access the Student Centre to track the status of your application.


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