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University of Montreal


Université de Montréal (UdeM) is the largest university in Quebec and is the second largest in Canada. With over 55,000 students from around the world, UdeM awards close to 10,000 diplomas at every university level. Deeply rooted in Montreal and dedicated to its international mission, UdeM is one of the top universities in the French-speaking world.

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Montreal is Quebec's largest city. Its charms are undeniable, offering a combination of North American modernity and European style.

City of multiplicity, Montreal is both multicultural and multilingual, blending French and English Canadians with over 80 other ethnic communities. It is a city of business and culture, an urban centre and a city of parks. Montreal is full of action, yet it is safe and family friendly. Active by day, unbound by night, Montreal has everything a big metropolis can offer.

Montreal's cultural life is exceptional. The city boasts more than 30 museums, among them the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Montreal is home to the famous Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Opéra de Montréal and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. With its numerous festivals, such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs, Montreal World Film Festival and the International Fireworks Competition, along with its Grand Prix racing and exciting professional sports teams, Montreal fulfils everybody's taste.


Montreal is also a great travel hub. It is located about 3 hours by car from Quebec city, 2 hours from Ottawa and 5 hours from Toronto. Within a couple of hours, you can also reach some of the province's most beautiful tourist sites, such as the Laurentian Mountains and the Eastern Townships. Situated just 60 minutes from the US border, Montreal is close to upper New York state and New England.

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Course Load: The minimum enrolment is 12 credit units (24 ECTS) per semester and the maximum enrolment is 15 credit units (30 ECTS) per semester.

Language Requirements: There is no language requirement for students who are authorised by the Faculty of Law to exclusively enrol in courses taught in English at Université de Montréal. However, students planning to undertake courses instructed in French must have the appropriate level of French language proficiency.

A list of postgraduate courses offered through the Faculty of Law at UdeM can be found on their Course ContentLink to external website page. Law courses listed here are all taught in English. University of Adelaide exchange students are allowed to take courses at a postgraduate level for Law, even if they are currently studying at an undergraduate level.

A list of undergraduate courses offered through the Faculty of Law at UdeM can be found in their Course CatalogueLink to external website. Please note that Law courses offered at an undergraduate level at UdeM are taught in French.

Students will be asked to undertake introductory French language classes at Université de Montréal in order to assist them with integration into the French speaking environment.

Restrictions: Undergraduate and Postgraduate students may select undergraduate or postgraduate courses at UdeM, but may not undertake a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

*Please note: Admission to Université de Montréal is restricted to University of Adelaide Law students.

Credit Approval (Post-Decision Phase): Prior to departure for exchange, it is recommended that exchange students seek credit approval, in GLAS, from their Adelaide Faculty for more courses than they intend to complete on exchange. It is likely that course offerings won’t be finalised until shortly before arrival or upon arrival at your exchange destination. Students need to have flexible back up options in the case that the courses they are wanting to undertake are not offered.

If, after initial approval in GLAS, further changes are required, these can be presented via an email to your Adelaide Faculty. Students should be aware of the implications of not having back up courses in the event their preferred courses are not available.

University residences at UdeM are reserved for regular full-time students, and the number of rooms is limited.

For more information on where to find housing in Montreal, visit the UdeM International Student Guide to HousingLink to external website.


Please see the International Student GuideLink to external website website for more information.

Single Year Intake

Please note that there is only one application deadline per year for both semester intakes for this partner.
When filling out your Exchange Application in the Semester 2 round, in the Preferences and Credit section you can select the ‘Semester 1’ or ‘Full (Calendar) Year’ option from the drop-down list if that’s your preference.

Corresponding Adelaide Semester Most partners application deadlines Canada Single Intake application deadline
Semester 2 2019 October 2018 October 2018
Full Year 2019-20
Semester 1 2020 June 2019
Full Calendar Year 2020

Academic Calendar: The academic year at Université de Montréal has two semesters: Semester 1 from late August until late December and Semester 2 from beginning of January until beginning of May.

Cost of Living: For information on cost of living in Montreal, please click hereLink to external website.

Health Insurance: All exchange students from the University of Adelaide are automatically signed up for group medical insurance. Students will be explained the details of the process by the University's Bureau de étudiants internationaux upon their arrival. All exchange students must assume the costs of this insurance.

For more information, visit the International Student Guide on InsuranceLink to external website.

High Commission of Canada: The High Commission of Canada in Australia has created a Facebook groupLink to external website for Australians studying in Canada. Students who have studied in Canada, are currently studying in Canada, or will be studying in Canada are encouraged to join.

Visa Information: Study Overseas is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask Study Overseas to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller websiteLink to external website  for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.

Learn from the experts why this Study Overseas Experience could be for you.

What do our students say?

Disclaimer: This information is based on recently polled students who attended this particular university on exchange in 2016. Please note that this information is based on individual student opinions and does not constitute Study Overseas advice. Each student will have a unique exchange experience.

The Host

  • 100% of our students would recommend the University of Montreal  to other students
  • On average, Montreal 's service and support is rated stars (3/5)
Social Life
  • 100% of our students rate the social life at Montreal as 'quite a lot'
Academic Life
  • 100% of our students agreed that the quality of Montreal 's courses compared satisfactorily to Adelaide's courses
  • Student Tip: Assessment primarily focused on examinations

  • All of our students stayed in off campus private accommodation
  • Easy to apply and find accommodation in Montreal


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