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.


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

French Admissions Requirements

If you didn’t complete all your previous studies in a unilingual francophone environment, you must provide proof of your level of French proficiency by sending a certificate of your test results or a diploma accepted by the Université de Montréal. The test must have been taken during the 18 months prior to the start of the study session indicated in the admissions request.

To determine the minimum requirement for the program(s) to which you are applying, please see the program description page under the Admissions and Requirements tab.

We encourage applicants to obtain certification as quickly as possible since some document providers need one to ten weeks to send results. The number of attempts to pass the tests or diplomas accepted by the UdeM is at the discretion of the applicants; however, the University only considers the first result it receives from them.

An exemption may be requested from the Centre de communication écrite/Written Communication Centre (CCE) if the applicant meets one of the specified criteria. The form can be found on the CCE website, the office responsible for French language requirements.

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 2019-2020 academic year:

Undergraduate Level : $13,905 - $18,100/year, depending on the study path chosen

Master's level: $6,950/semester and $412/thesis semester

Doctoral Level : $6,290/semester and $412/thesis semester

Ancillary fees of approximately $600 per year are included. 

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

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 $925 per month

+ $1 246 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

Non-francophone student support
(001) 514 343-5723

Information about visas and study permits

Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001-2111, USA

Quebec Government Office in New-York
One Rockefeller Plaza, 26th Floor ,
New York, NY 10020-2102, USA

Immigration Office of Quebec