It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its student body and the scope of its research activities. Multicultural, cosmopolitan and bilingual, Montréal is ranked as one of the top 5 best international student cities (2018). Polytechnique is centrally located on the northern slope of Mount Royal, in an exceptional natural setting. International students make up almost 30% of its student population and come from more than 120 countries.
Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
This exchange is only open to students majoring in Chemical or Electrical Engineering.
Open Nov. 1, 2020
Areas of Study: This exchange is with the departments of Electrical and Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, and is only open to majors in electrical and chemical who wish to take courses here. See the guide for choosing classes and pay attention to course restrictions within the guide.
Exchange students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits (equivalent to 12 units/credits at UCalgary, or 3 half-courses). The normal full-time workload for a bachelor's student at Polytechnique Montréal is 15 credits (generally 5 courses per semester). It is not permitted to take more than 5 courses per semester.
The academic year is divided into 2 semesters, Autumn and Winter:
- Trimestre d'automne runs from late August to the end of December
- Trimestre d'hiver runs from early January to late May.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
A sample budget can be found on their budgeting page.
Montréal cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.
Montréal offers a variety of housing options, from student residence, living in a private apartment, to sharehouses.
On-campus accommodation is available but can’t be guaranteed. Off-campus housing is widely available, affordable and is typically shared apartment housing. Students will receive personalized help finding housing during orientation.
See info on housing here. If you wish to apply for student residence, it is recommended to apply before March 1st prior to the academic year you wish to stay there.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students majoring in Chemical or Electrical Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (B-).
Courses at Polytechnique Montréal are taught in French. As such, applicants should have an intermediary or greater knowledge of the language (Must be at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), or 785/990 according to the TFI - Test de français international). We recommend that you have completed at least two 300-level or above courses in French as certification of language proficiency may be required.
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
What resources are available for new students?
Incoming students can have a buddy by registering to PolyBuddy Program: step.polymtl.ca/~polyexplore/polybuddy
A lot of social and cultural activities are also offered throughout the year by PolyExplore committee: step.polymtl.ca/~polyexplore
For detailed information about student life: polymtl.ca/vie-etudiante
Mandatory orientation sessions are held each term, typically a few days before the start of classes. See the schedule for orientation here: polymtl.ca/rentree/en
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.