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Step 9. Arrival in Montréal

Follow these steps when you arrive in Montreal :

+  1. Get your study permit at a canadian border post

Once you arrive in Montréal, after passing passport control, head straight to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada office so that an immigration officer can issue your study permit.

Ensure you have these documents with you:

  • Passport
  • CAQ
  • Study permit retrieval letter
  • HEC Montréal letter of admission

+  2. Accueil plus Service at the airport (fall term only)

Register online for the Accueil Plus service which will help you during your arrival in Canada. The friendly reception staff will be waiting for you at the airport to provide essential information, help through immigration procedures and other useful guidance 

Do not miss this opportunity !

We encourage you to go to one of the welcome booths located in the international arrivals terminal and in the domestic arrivals terminal (near the automatic baggage conveyor).

The Accueil Plus Service facilitates the process at customs and immigration services and shortens the waiting time at the border for international students with a study permit upon their arrival at the Montreal's Trudeau Airport, when this is their Port of Entry into Canada. Register online with the Accueil Plus Service in order to forward your travel information and allow the Canadian Border Services Agency to accelerate the issuance of your study permit.

Accueil Plus will provide information about:

  • HEC Montréal, as well as the first steps you need to take when arriving on campus
  • Transportation services available to the downtown area or to other cities in of Québec
  • Temporary accommodation available in Montréal for your first few nights in the city
  • Life in Quebec

Other services provided by Accueil Plus :

  • Use of a telephone to call home and confirm your safe arrival
  • Internet access
  • Get to your temporary housing

+  3. Transportation from the airport

Here are a few options from the airport Montreal-Trudeau. 

  • The STM municipal bus and metro service offers regular shuttle for a very low fee from the airport to downtown: bus 747  
  • Taxis in Montreal are safe and relatively affordable. A flat fare of 40$ will bring you almost anywhere on the island of Montreal : taxi COOP, taxi Champlain, taxi Diamond
  • Tight budget? Make friends your neighbours on the plane. One of them may be able to drop you at a metro station!

+  4. Attend HEC Montréal's compulsory orientation days

It is compulsory for all new international students to attend the orientation day. It will include a number of activities: a tour of the School, workshops on life in Montréal and information about how the School functions.

+  5. Search for housing

Student will have to find housing on their own.

The Students Services offers workshops to help students.  

+  6. Register with the RAMQ

Only for students benefiting from a bilateral social security agreement.

For more information, check the health insurance webpage.

+  10. Register with your country's consulate

As soon as you arrive in Montréal, you must register with your country's consulate.

Many countries require by law that their expatriate citizens register their residential address at all times. This is an important step for your personal safety. In case of emergency, your country's authorities can help you. In addition, you can take advantage of the opportunity to register for your consulate's electoral lists so that you can vote while in Montréal, assuming that your country allows absentee voting.

Consult the Foreign Affairs Canada Protocol Reference Site for the address and phone number of your country's consulate in Montréal.

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