Exchange Programs
Bilateral Agreements, NSE, North2North

Mélanie Gaudreault, incoming mobility advisor
Mobility team
International relations office
Fall semesterSeptember 3 to December 18, 2024
Winter semesterJanuary 6 to April 27, 2025
Programs available for exchange studentsStudents must choose a program of studies according to the agreement between UQAM and their home institution.

Some programs only accept admissions at the Fall semester.

Some programs cannot accept exchange students.

Please verify these informations with the exchange program coordinator at your university before applying.
Course Selection

Credits and workload per semester
Students must fill the Course Selection Form required with the application file.

Students must select their courses from only one program of studies and from only one level (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate’s).

Students will not be allowed to take courses in different study programmes.
However, it is possible to choose one language course.

Information about the programs of studies is available on the Registrar’s Office website.

For each program, the courses offered can be found under the tab Cours à suivre et horaires.

A definitive admission to an exchange program does not guarantee access to the courses chosen by the student.

All courses identified as ateliers (workshop), stages (interships), or séminaires d’intégration (integration seminar) are not available for exchange students.

The majority of courses offered at UQAM are worth 3 credits. A three-credit course corresponds to 45 class hours over 15 weeks or 3 class hours per week.

For each course credit, you should calculate 45 hours of study outside of class hours.

All exchange students must be enrolled in a full-time course load.
The number of credits (per semester) required to be considered a full-time student:

– Undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree or Certificate):
12 to 15 credits (4 or 5 three-credit courses)

– Graduate levels (Master’s degree, DESS, PhD):  
6 to 9 credits (2 or 3 three-credit courses)
Undergraduate programs eligibilityStudents must have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time study in the program in which they are registered at their home university.
Graduate programs eligibilityStudents must have completed their Licence.

Some Master’s programs require successful completion of 16 years of education before participating in the exchange program at UQAM, that is to say that some candidates will need to have completed one year of their Master’s program prior to the exchange program.
Language of instructionAll courses at UQAM are given in French (except at the School of languages).

Students must be fluent in both spoken and written French when they apply.
Language RequirementsThe minimum level accepted is Intermediate / Advanced or equivalent to B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Test results from the following organizations are accepted:
– UQAM’s Language School online placement test (CA$95 fee applies).
– TFI (test de français international)
– TCF (test de connaissance du français)
– DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française)
– DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française)
– Language School or French Department at the home university (letter dated
and signed by a competent person, on official university letterhead)

Test results must be dated no more than two years.

IMPORTANT: If a student cannot provide any of the above, one will have to do the French test offered online at UQAM. Fees of $95 CAD will apply.
NominationsStudents must be nominated by their home university to apply.

Useful information is sent directly to the exchange program coordinators at partner universities around February for the Fall semester and around June for the Winter semester.
Application DeadlineApril 1 (Fall semester or Fall-Winter semesters)
September 15 (Winter semester only)
Online application
(step by step)
Students must first have been nominated by their home university to have access to the form.

1. After nomination, students will receive an email with appropriate instructions and access to the MoveON platform to fill the form and submit their application file.

2. Students must create a virtual account on the MoveON platform before accessing the form.

3. Students must gather all required documents in PDF format.

4. Students must submit the complete application online (all required documents) before deadline.

5. No file sent by email and/or sent after deadline will be accepted. Any incomplete or non-compliant file will cause undue delays in processing the request.
Application fileMoveON Application form (to be completed online);

Cover letter in French describing the objectives pursued by participating in the exchange program on an academic, professional and personal level (in English only if you are applying to an English learning program);

– One (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher at the home institution;

Official (certified) transcripts, with the university logo on the header, seal and signature at the bottom, for each year of university studies completed or in progress (including undergraduate results if you are in a Master’s program), even if they are not final grades;

List of courses followed during the year preceding the exchange (including the first and current semesters);

Provisional list of selected courses signed by the persons in charge of your studies and exchange program;

Proof of language proficiency, dated no more than 2 years ago, if the language of instruction of the home university is other than French;
Photocopy of the birth certificate (or family record book or civil status card) on which appears the full names of the student and both her/his parents (mother and father);

– Photocopy of passport identification page (if available);


Portfolio for programmes: Visual and media arts, Graphic design, Environmental design and Dramatic art (scenography).
Official AnswerFall semester: The UQAM Registrar’s Office will send an official answer (acceptance or rejection) directly to the student by email as of June 1.

Winter semester: Answers will be sent after November 1.
The International Student Support website is filled with practical information that will help students prepare their stay in Quebec and at UQAM
ImmigrationQuebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and Study permit

If the duration of the studies is longer than 6 months, students must obtain the following documents before arrival in Québec:
□      Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies issued by the Quebec government
□      Study Permit issued by the government of Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

**No student will be allowed to pursue the exchange more than one semester if one did not have the CAQ and the Study permit prior to the exchange.

Visitor Visa

Beware that candidates from certain countries must obtain a visa to stay in Canada even for a stay of less than 6 months. The list of those countries can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration website.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Click here to find out if you need the eTA.
Mandatory Health InsuranceThe law governing Quebec health insurance requires that foreign students be in possession of valid health insurance for Quebec.
Consequently, UQAM charges all international students mandatory insurance fees of approximately 356$ CAD per semester. These fees are subject to change without notice. No insurance obtained in your country of origin will exempt you from UQAM’s fees for medical coverage.
Reciprocal agreements for social security (Health Insurance)If your country of citizenship has signed a reciprocal social security agreement with Quebec, you could be covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
The countries that have such an agreement are Belgium, Greece, Finland, France, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Sweden.
To find out more, please consult our website and the RAMQ (Quebec health insurance board) website.
Internships and research supervisionVery important – Work and off-campus internships are not available for exchange students. Moreover, all research supervision must be assumed by the student’s home university. Exchange students are not authorised to register for internship courses at UQAM.

UQAM will not be responsible for students who intend to do an internship while on exchange.

If you plan to do an internship at the same time as your studies at UQAM, you must obtain a work permit in addition to the study permit. If you cannot obtain a work permit, it will be impossible for you to complete an internship in Quebec in addition to your participation in the exchange program.

Details can be found on the Service à la vie étudiante website.
University residencesUQAM offers University Residences for its students, but places are limited and only available for one-year leases.
Apartments / rooms to rentThe Services à la vie étudiante offers students a list of apartments and rooms for rent.
Temporary accommodationIf you haven’t found a permanent place before arriving in Montreal, you may consult their list of short term accommodation for temporary lodging until you find a place for the whole duration of your studies.
TranscriptsTranscripts are sent directly to students from the Registrar’s Office, two months after the end of the semester, at their personal postal address.

Students who study at UQAM for the full academic year will receive one transcript for each semester.

IMPORTANT: Students have to change their address at the Registrar’s Office before they leave Montreal so they can receive their transcript at their home address.
Grading SystemA+ = 4.3 A = 4.0 A- = 3.7 Excellent
B+ = 3.3 B = 3.0 B- = 2.7 Very good
C+ = 2.3 C = 2.0 C- = 1.7 Good
D+ = 1.3 D = 1.0 Acceptable
E = 0 Fail