Formalities for international students
Canadian citizens and permanent residents do not have to complete the procedures described on this page. International students must follow immigration procedures to plan for their arrival in Canada. If you have any questions about your study permit and CAQ application, contact the Bureau des étudiants internationaux (BEI).
Since the Spring 2021 session of the Intensive University French Program will be offered online, a medical coverage plan will not be required prior to the start of your studies, nor will you be required to provide the reason for your arrival in Canada four months prior to the start of your study program.
We also invite you to consult the web pages of the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) du Québec and Immigration Canada to learn about the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on services offered to international students.
Studies of over 6 months
If you reside outside Canada, before you arrive in the country, you will need to obtain:
- Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)
- a study permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- in some cases, an entry visa from the Government of Canada or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).
Since immigration procedures can take several months, we recommend that you start them as soon as you receive the following documents:
- a letter of admission to your study program
- a letter of admission to the Intensive University French Program
- You will be asked to provide the reason for your arrival four months prior to the start of your study program.
Studies of less than 6 months
Check whether you need to obtain an additional entry document. Most people need a visa OR an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to come to Canada (but not both). Some only need a valid passport.
The required entry document will depend on:
- the country issuing the travel document
- your nationality
- the means of transportation used to come to Canada for this trip
Here’s a partial list of insurance companies in Montreal that can offer travel insurance during your stay. This coverage is mandatory since visitors to Canada are not eligible for the Quebec provincial health insurance plan (RAMQ). When you become a regular student after the Intensive University French Program, you’ll be automatically enrolled in a group health insurance plan.
The Université de Montréal does not recommend any particular company and does not guarantee the quality and service of these companies. Other companies may offer more beneficial plans. It’s up to each individual to get quotes and find the insurance policy that’s right for them.
You can also contact the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA).
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