Are you dreaming of adventures and new challenges? Become an Exchange Student in Québec!
Every year, many international students make the choice to come study engineering at ÉTS as an exchange student. They come from around the world to take advantage of an exciting university education that’s focused on real-world learning.
Enchanted by the unique charms of Montréal, the student city that reminds them of Europe, they leave with a head full of memories, ready to share their North American experience. Be like them!
Steps to Becoming an Exchange Student at ÉTS
Are you studying at an academic institution partnered with ÉTS? Thanks for our agreement with your university, you can register for an exchange program with ÉTS within your program of studies and benefit from a tuition fee exemption.
Follow the steps below to plan your student exchange in Québec.
To be eligible for the student exchange program, you must be enrolled in an ÉTS partner institution (a bilateral partner or an establishment signatory to the Student Exchange Agreement of the Bureau de la coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) which organizes inter-university collaborations):
Only students whose home institution is included in these lists may participate in an ÉTS student exchange program.
To be eligible for the exchange program, you must:
- Be enrolled in an ÉTS partner institution or one that is a party to the BCI agreement for student exchanges;
- Be studying toward an engineering diploma;
- Have completed a year of engineering (60 ECTS credits or equivalent), at the time of starting your exchange at ÉTS (Level M1 or M2);
- Have obtained the prior authorization of your home institution.
One-Semester Exchange Program
This program covers international students who want to study at ÉTS (only taking courses), for one semester (four months), under an agreement for student exchange programs (bilateral or BCI).
This program is subject to quotas (limited number of spaces); check the number of places available for your institution at the international relations department of your university.
You will be able to take 12 to 15 credits of course during your ÉTS exchange semester (1 ÉTS credit = 2 ECTS credits). At the end of the exchange, you will receive a detailed transcript of grades. The course credits that you earn will be transferable to your current program and will be recognized by your home institution, in accordance with your contract of studies, for obtaining your foreign diploma. ÉTS will not issue any diploma for this program.
One-Year Exchange Program, with Courses Only
This program covers international students who want to study at ÉTS (taking courses only), for two or three semesters (eight or twelve months), under a student exchange agreement (bilateral or BCI). This program is subject to quotas (limited number of spaces): check the number of places available for your institution at the international relations department of your university.
You will be able to take 12 to 15 credits of courses during each ÉTS semester (1 ÉTS credit = 2 ECTS credits). At the end of the exchange, your official transcript will be sent to your home institution. The credits earned will be transferable to your current program and will be recognized by your home institution, in accordance with your contract of studies, for obtaining your foreign diploma. Students who successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits of courses at ÉTS may obtain a certificate in engineering attesting to their success in the program.
One-Year Exchange Program, with Courses and Laboratory Internship
This program covers international students who want to take courses and do laboratory research at ÉTS for two or three semesters (eight or twelve months), under a student exchange agreement (bilateral or BCI). This program is subject to quotas (limited number of spaces); check the number of places available for your institution at the international relations department of your university.
This certificate program includes a semester of studies (four months) of 15 course credits (1 ÉTS credit = 2 ECTS credits), approximately five courses, followed by one or two semesters that include at least one course of three credits and a research activity of 12 or more credits. At the end of the exchange, you will receive an ÉTS certificate as well as a detailed transcript of grades. The credits earned will be transferable to your current program and will be recognized by your home institution, in accordance with your contract of studies, for obtaining your foreign diploma.
When you apply to participate in the exchange program, after consultation with your home institution, you will need to choose an ÉTS "profile". The profil refers to one of the undergraduate engineering programs offered at ÉTS.
Your contract of studies (list of courses) must include a majority of courses in the Department corresponding to your “profile”, that is, half or more of the credits.
List of courses in the undergraduate engineering programs by Department (in French):
- Construction Engineering (course number CTN)
- Electrical Engineering (course number ELE)
- Software Engineering (course number LOG) and Information Technologies Engineering (course number GTI
- Automated Production Engineering (course number GPA) et Operation and Logistics Engineering (course number GOL)
- Mechanical Engineering (course number MEC)
When you apply to participate in the exchange program, you will need to include your Course Selection Form (PDF, in French) with the list of courses that you want to register for during your stay. Please read the instructions carefully as you will have to give an official course list for the fall session, but you can use the list of the next five sessions for winter or summer admissions.
The Course Selection Form approved by your establishment of origin will constitute your course selection at ÉTS. This document must be included with your application to authorize your registration at ÉTS.
A learning agreement may also be required from your home institution. This document is not mandatory in your application for admission.
You can choose courses “à la carte” in various ÉTS departments, taking into account the following conditions:
- You must register for a minimum of 12 credits (full time registration) and a maximum of 16 credits per session;
- You must choose a majority of your courses from your ÉTS home department (half the credits or more);
- You must avoid choosing courses with codes not related to the engineering domains or those related to complementary studies, language courses or general studies;
- You must choose courses in series 100 through 700; these are engineer-level courses (the first digit indicates the level of the course in the student’s progression);
- Series 800 courses are advanced post-engineer level (Masters or PhD) and are available only to students who are in the last year of an engineer program at the time of their exchange, subject to approval by ÉTS upon analysis of their grades. You may choose up to two courses from this series (6 credits). Keep in mind that the workload required for 800 courses is greater and nine credits of these courses corresponds to a full-time semester (compared to 12 credits If you take only engineer-level courses). You should therefore balance your choice of 800 courses with engineer-level courses;
- Some courses are not available to exchange students;
- Not all courses are offered every semester. Make sure that the courses you select will be offered during your stay.
- For Fall admission requests, please select official courses.
- For Winter and Summer admission requests, see the Courses Schedules and Planning which is published five semesters in advance. Note that final detailed schedules are published two to three months before the start of courses; scheduling conflicts may lead you to revise your registration after your admission.
If You Submit an Application for an Exchange Program with an Internship:
- Your Course Selection Form should include a laboratory research activity (internship) of four to eight months' duration, minimum 12 credits (indicate “LAB112” in your Course Selection Form for a full-time internship of four months);
- Your internship will be supervised by an ÉTS professor connected with the research activities of the 60 Chairs or research units of the school;
- The determination of a research topic may be carried out once you have arrived. To help you in your search for a supervisor, see the section Find a Thesis Supervisor that will allow you to identify the professors working in your field of expertise. Contact the professor to discuss your aspirations and objectives;
- If you want to undertake a laboratory research internship (outside the exchange program), please consult the Do a laboratory research internship in Quebec page.
You can begin your exchange at the start of the months of September (Fall semester) or January (Winter semester).
Make sure first of all to abide by the specific terms and conditions and deadlines established by your institution of origin.
Whatever the dates of your stay, your home establishment should confirm your participation in the exchange program to ÉTS before March 15, 2023 for the Fall 2023 session, or before June 15, 2023 for the Winter 2024 session. After these dates, ÉTS may exceptionally accept late applications, subject to available spaces.
When your institution confirms your participation in the ÉTS exchange program (designates you), you will receive an email with instructions for registering online. Do not start the process before having received the instructions by email.
Deadlines for filing an application
- For a stay beginning in the 2023 Fall session (period from September 5 to December 21, 2023, exams included): The deadline for filing your application is April 1, 2023.
- For a stay beginning in the 2024 Winter session (period from January 4 to April 25, 2024, exams included): The deadline for filing your application is September 1, 2023.
Application submitted by candidates or completed after the deadline date will be processed without any guarantee of admission (subject to available places) and without warranty of registration for the desired period.
Completed applications are processed continuously by order of arrival. Do not wait to the last minute to submit your application; the sooner you apply, the quicker you will receive an answer, the better your priority for course registration and the more time you will have to complete other administrative steps serenely.
Applications for admission are usually processed within a period of one to two months, between February and June for fall admissions and between June and November for winter admissions.
Exchange students are exempted from processing fees.
Items to attach to your application
All attachments must be scanned and uploaded to the bilingual on-line admissions portal. No paper document or document sent by email is required (except upon the explicit request of the ÉTS Registrar's Office which is responsible for admissions). Original documents or authentication by your establishment of origin could be required.
- Your university transcripts for ongoing studies only (engineer level and included preparatory classes, if you took them at the same establishment);
- A birth certificate;
- Your Course Selection Form signed by an authorized representative of your home institution;
- Your application form for participation in the BCI student exchange program if you are applying through this program.
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