Would you like to study in Canada?

The Université de Montréal is a worldly place to study: each year, it welcomes thousands of international students and our own students are encouraged to study abroad.

Do you have any questions about our system of study and your academic equivalence? Look no further—this page is designed to help American students study at UdeM.

We also invite you to visit our English website for everything you need to know about admission, scholarships, financial aid… and more.

Welcome!

Americans in Montréal

American students usually adjust well to life in Montreal, a bilingual city with a vibrant mix of American and European culture. While there are lots of new experiences to explore, others should make our neighbours to the south feel right at home.

Academic equivalency

General admission requirements for undergraduate programs

To pursue university studies, American applicants must hold a high school diploma (or equivalent) and complete a one-year preparatory year program. A student can only be admitted to the program of their choice after completing the preparatory year and meeting the admission criteria. The preparatory year is integrated into Bachelor’s studies in some programs.

American residents are eligible for professional programs (Architecture, Law, Nutritional Science, etc.) after completing the preparatory year and meeting the requirements for the desired program.

During the preparatory year, students can complete a general education program and acquire the essential skills to succeed in their chosen program of study. The preparatory years offers a choice of three streams:  

  • Science: including courses in Math, Chemistry, Physics and Biology
  • Social Sciences: including courses in Economics, Work Methodology, History, Philosophy and Psychology
  • Arts and Literature: including courses in French, Literature, Visual Arts and English

Students who have earned 30 university credits or an International Baccalaureate (IB) may be exempted from the preparatory year, subject to meeting program requirements.

General admission requirements for undergraduate programs

The Université de Montréal offers more than 350 graduate studies programs. To pursue a Masters or specialized graduate diploma (DESS), you must hold a Bachelor’s degree.

To pursue a Ph.D., you must have earned a Master’s degree.

French Language

Mandatory French testing

Prospective students must demonstrate a minimum knowledge of oral and written French to be admitted to the Université de Montréal. Applicants who take the exam must obtain the minimum score required for admission set by the program that they have chosen.

The score obtained on the Test de français international (TFI), a product of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), indicates whether an applicant possesses a sufficient knowledge of French for admission to a program.

The TFI evaluates the applicant’s ability to understand French. It consists of 180 multiple choice questions and includes both oral and written comprehension sections.

Since the TFI emphasizes comprehension, the best way to prepare for it is to read, listen to the radio, watch TV and see movies in French as often as possible. Information about the TFI, as well as the minimum scores required for admission, is available at cce.umontreal.ca.

Students whose studies were in French can be exempted from the French test by contacting the Centre de communication écrite (Written Communications Centre).

For more information on the tests and exemptions, visit: cce.umontreal.ca.

Language support

The Université de Montréal offers various types of language support through credited courses, workshops or support activities. To learn more, visit this webpage.

Cost and finances

Tuition fees

Tuition fees* are set by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec. Fees are paid each trimester, depending on the number of credits. Here’s a guideline to the tuition American students can expect for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Undergraduate Level

$15,940 - $21,023/year, depending on the study path chosen

Master’s Level

$7,971.45/semester

$414.08/thesis semester

Doctoral Level

$7,155.15/semester

$414.08/thesis semester

Ancillary fees of approximately $600 per year are also required. 

For more information on tuition and other fees, please visit our website.

*In effect as of August 2016.

Financial Support

Students are eligible for a select range of bursaries, loans and awards. Scholarships, exclusively for American students, are also available. For more information, visit bourses.umontreal.ca.

The Université de Montréal’s Financial Aid Office manages the U.S. Federal loan program. For more information, visit this website.

Your budget

The cost of living in Montreal is very reasonable and much less than in most major North American cities. Here is a sample budget:

Approximately $1,279 per month

+ $950 in moving expenses

Where to find information?

There are many online events for international students. You’ll find their dates and locations on this page.

Contact UdeM

You’re a student
Admission and Recruitment Service
Contact us

You’re a teacher or guidance counsellor
(001) 514 343-6111, ext. 8882
conseiller@sar.umontreal.ca

Non-francophone student support
(001) 514 343-5723
carrefoursae@sae.umontreal.ca

Information about visas and study permits

Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001-2111, USA
can-am.gc.ca/washington

Quebec Government Office in New-York
One Rockefeller Plaza, 26th Floor ,
New York, NY 10020-2102, USA
international.gouv.qc.ca/en/new-york

Immigration Office of Quebec
immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en