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BBA with a preparatory year: Good reasons to choose HEC Montréal

Would you like to study in Canada at a top business school with an international and multilingual environment? HEC Montréal’s BBA with a preparatory year takes you on this great adventure while providing excellent support. See why thousands of students have opted for this 4-year postsecondary program that is unparalleled in North America.

Join a prestigious business school

At the start of each school year, hundreds of students hailing from 30 different countries enter HEC Montréal’s BBA preparatory year. This integrated preparatory year is designed to be a transitional year wherein students have time to adapt to North American culture and a different type of education, and meet the BBA admission requirements. It is also a chance for them to explore their new world, become familiar with business administration, and catch up in certain areas of study.

At the end of the first year, preparatory students will enter the BBA program directly and bypass the selection process. They will have completed the core curriculum before going on to choose a specialization. HEC Montréal’s outstanding faculty with broad-ranging expertise teach in a variety of outstanding specializations in every field of management. This is the point when students begin to fine-tune their profile and gradually advance toward a future career.

  • International Business
  • Business Analysis – Information Technology
  • Business Analytics
  • Professional Accounting
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Economics, Finance and Math
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Project Management
  • Operations and Logistics Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Sustainable Development Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mixed or personalized option: choice of two fields


A multicultural environment

One hallmark of the preparatory year is that it brings together young people from 5 continents and more than 30 different countries to study in Montréal. These students have chosen one of the top university cities in the world to learn about business administration while taking courses in French and English – and even Spanish for those who opt for the trilingual stream!

The preparatory year gets students started on a four-year journey. On this small campus, students will forge a strong sense of belonging. They and their cohort will begin building social and cultural ties in a new country. They will never be isolated, and will develop a sense of teamwork and solidarity with one another, which could turn into lifelong friendships and connections.

Étudiants étrangers Photo taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

25 %

One fourth of BBA students come from countries other than Canada.

Focus on your talents and strengthen your independence

The goal of the preparatory year is for you build the independence and maturity you will need to succeed in school. HEC Montréal offers you an education, resources and specific services.

  • Learning that is centred on experience and participation. Students discover their strengths and weaknesses, and adjust to meet challenges.
  • A gradual, sustained pace. Students regularly complete assignments as they learn various subjects, bit by bit.
  • Support for students’ success. Teachers are facilitators who are there to help students learn. Preparatory students have access to mentoring and tutoring, as well as supervision provided by a coordinator who will propose resources that are tailored to their needs.
  • Orientation activities. Preparatory students can network with student associations and interest group committees, and can socialize at any of the numerous events organized on campus
Yannick Kouassi, former preparatory year student

“I learned how to live far away from my family. The preparatory year activities, activities on culture shock, really helped me. I got involved in various activities: Forum des affaires mondiales (World Business Forum), the WTC simulation, and the general culture competition. It taught me how to build the relationships I would need to have the best possible experience.”

Yannick Kouassi, former preparatory year student

The advantages of a North American campus

Located at the base of Mount Royal, HEC Montréal has a reputation for its beautiful, wooded campus and its top-notch equipment. Students in their preparatory year can study at the School in optimal conditions while adjusting to their new environment.

  • Ultramodern classrooms.
  • A large, bright and beautiful library with a wealth of digital tools and inspiring collaborative spaces.
  • A trading room that mimics an environment exactly like an actual trading room at a financial institution.
  • The CEPSUM sports complex, which you’ll share with university athletes, as soon as conditions allow for it.
  • A range of student housing options on campus or nearby.
Entrée Louis-Colin HEC Montréal

Another reason why choosing HEC Montréal makes all the difference: you will receive support from the entire School, thanks to our consistently welcoming, healthy and stimulating campus.

You’ll also have access to high-level professional resources. Some of these include:

  • Assistance in French and math
  • Various support services (e.g., psychological support, study help resources, support for students with disabilities)
  • Wonderful mentoring services provided by volunteers, students and alumni.




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