For the past 125 years the Université de Montréal campus, built on the slopes of Mont Royal, a vast park set in the heart of Montreal, has been part of the now multiethnic, multicultural urban landscape. The quality of life in Montreal is rated among the best in the world. Researchers and students find the environment stimulating thanks to its high-quality academic infrastructure and the caliber of the many Québecois, Canadian and international businesses that operate here.
The University of Montreal caters to more than 50,000 students, including 4,000 from 120 foreign countries. It ranks second among the 20 major Canadian universities with regard to the number of foreign students it welcomes. It has formal cooperation agreements with partners in over 50 countries worldwide.
The founders settled along the banks of the Saint-Lawrence, the majestic river that brought them here. Today as you tour the Old Port and Old Montréal, you'll find that much of what they and their ancestors built has been lovingly preserved: graceful stone buildings, stately churches and cobblestone streets. Elsewhere, historic neighborhoods are being restored so more people can live downtown, but it is being done very carefully so as to preserve the special character of each area.
Thinking about studying abroad in January Term or Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited). You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.
The British firm QS has just posted its annual Best Student Cities 2017 ranking of the world’s leading cities for university students, and Montréal placed 1st worldwide. Montréal is thus the top student city in the world, overtaking Paris and London! QS describes Montréal as Canada’s cultural capital, a fine way to portray the city. Housing is very affordable here compared to other North American cities. In fact, apartments in Montréal are approximately 30% cheaper than in the Greater Toronto and the Greater Vancouver areas. Montréal is filled with parks and green space. In fact, its 17 major urban parks take up 6% of the city’s territory, for a total area of nearly 20 square kilometers. Greater Montréal is a safe place where you’ll have no trouble getting around. Day and night, local neighbourhoods are filled with music lovers, gourmet groupies, sports fans and movie buffs. Montréal’s crime rate, which is already very low for a major city, has been steadily decreasing since 1990.
Comprehensive. There are some restrictions for exchange students. Please review the website linked above for more information. All courses are taught in French.
Fall: September to December
Winter: January to April
Students who wish to attend the University of Montreal in the spring semester must apply by March 1 of the previous academic year.
Located in the heart of the campus and a few minutes from most University pavilions, Les Studios de l'Université de Montréal is a housing complex consisting of 1074 single rooms, 41 double rooms and eight rooms equipped for students in wheelchairs. Student life is rounded out with services such as common kitchens and a café, quiet study areas and laundry, games and music rooms. More information is available at the Service des résidences web page (in French) www.resid.umontreal.ca.
The Bureau du logement hors campus maintains a database of apartments and rooms available for rent near the university or in neighborhoods within easy reach by public transit (bus or subway). These lists must be consulted in their offices. More information is available at the Bureau du logement hors campus web page (in English).
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on the insurance web page
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia is now a Killam Fellowship University Partner. Students considering applying to study at University of Montreal as an exchange student should strongly consider applying to this program. The Killam Fellowships Program offers a cash award of $10,000 US ($5,000 US per semester), along with an allowance to offset the cost of health insurance in the currency of the host country. Please note Killam Fellowship Applications open in September and are due in January of the year before the student's planned term abroad, so students will need to plan ahead and complete their exchange application early to accommodate this deadline. Please contact the Education Abroad Advisor for this program for more information.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will provide students accepted to this exchange with the appropriate documents required to apply for a visa, for those who do not hold a US Passport. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.