Studying at the Université de Montréal means...

Finding a path that suits 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 programmes—both undergraduate and graduate—offer you a high-quality education and the choice to specialize according to your interests and aspirations.

Getting an education that is recognized around the world

Together with its affiliated schools, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, the Université de Montréal is the leading educational institution in Quebec. Ranked among the top five universities in Canada and the French-speaking world, its reputation is well established. What’s more a diploma from UdeM will be recognized around the world because the Canadian education system is compatible with those in Europe and the United States.

Imagining the future, together

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

Here, you will find teachers and leaders who are approachable, available and responsive. In addition, you will meet and network with open-minded students from all over the world. A new family awaits you!

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

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.

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

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

Depending on the programs targeted, additional requirements—academic level and choice of specialized courses—may also be requested.

General admission requirements for graduate programs

The Université de Montréal offers more than 350 graduate studies programs. To pursue a Master's 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 et exigences" 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.

Language support

The Université de Montréal offers various types of language support through credited courses, workshops or support activities.

Do you want to achieve the required language proficiency level in four months?

The four-month intensive program provides the ideal conditions to reach the advanced intermediate level of French proficiency, required for admissibility to most UdeM study programs.

Cost and finances

In Quebec, the tuition fees paid by Quebec, Canadian and international students are set by the provincial government.

The amount of tuition fees is determined by your status in Canada, your cycle of study and the number of university credits for the semester. International students must be full-time during their studies: 12 credits minimum (generally, 1 course = 3 credits). 

To obtain an estimate of the cost of studying at the Université de Montréal for one term, please consult the tuition fee calculator

Once your registration at UdeM is complete, you will receive an invoice each term corresponding to the amount of your tuition and fees for that period.

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.


Some services to help you

Customer Service in the Recruitment and Admissions Department

Can't find the answer to your question? Contact us by email or chat with a team member from the Request Information page by selecting the Clavardage option.

The International Student Office

A service specially designed for you to ensure that everything goes smoothly, both administratively and in terms of your integration, including the procedures for obtaining a study permit.

Where to learn more about immigration Process:

Some tools to help you

Career Quiz – Find your path

The Université de Montréal has put a free test online to help you find your path: the Career Quiz. Depending on your interests and priorities, the Career Quiz will suggest various possible paths.

Affiniti - Do you know all your options?

Try the Affiniti online tool to get a list of programs for which you may be eligible based on your profile and academic background.

Compass - 4 steps for studying at UdeM

Would you like to apply to UdeM? Designed as a checklist, Compass is an interactive tool that will guide you through the 4 main steps for getting into the Université de Montréal.

Let’s get in touch!

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