Polytechnique Montréal - Schulich Only

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. 

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. 

Key information


Montreal, Canada


French, English


Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20/21 deadline

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

Fall/ Full Year until March 10, 2020

Winter until September 13, 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. 

21/22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

  1. French language exchange

    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. 

    Course requirements:
    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.

  2. English language exchange

    Starting Fall 2020, they will be offering the International Thematic Clusters in Engineering program which is offered in English. 

    Students will take 12-15 credits within their cluster, which does include the option of a French language course. Students cannot choose courses outside their cluster, but should apply with their top two cluster choices. 

    The cluster options include: 

    emerging biomedical technologies; energy systems; engineering physics; industrial & systems engineering; materials science & engineering; resources infrastructures; software; sustainable development; and sustainable transport. 

    In fall 2021 they will add a aerospace & big data cluster.

    This program is only offered in fall 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. 
  1. Costs

    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 

  2. Funding

    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. 

  1. French language exchange

    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.

  2. International thematic clusters in engineering program

    This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in the Schulich School of Engineering at UCalgary, who have completed at least 2 full years (20 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (B-). 

    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 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

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.

Find your academic advisor

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. Appointments are currently on zoom.

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.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

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.

Application guide

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.