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Step 4. Buy the airline tickets

Type of ticket

"Open" return tickets, that is to say those with no fixed date of return, are usually very expensive. We therefore recommend that your purchase a "closed" return ticket with a flexible return date that you can change if need be. The fee charged for changing flight dates is generally lower than the additional cost of an open ticket.

Certain airlines as well as student travel agencies offer “student” tickets with special fares or conditions. Shop and compare! View the list of airlines that serve Montréal-Trudeau Airport.


Choosing your travel dates

Date of arrival The activities will start on August 20th   According to the date of your welcoming session. Consult the following page to find out when it will take place:
Date of departure No sooner than the day after your last exam No sooner than the day after your last exam


You are required to attend the compulsory orientation days organized by the International Student Affairs office (ISA).

Once you've registered for your courses you can find your specific exam dates through HEC en ligne, under "My Class Schedule". HEC Montréal does not offer make-up exams, so if you miss a scheduled exam you will receive a grade of E (= 0).


Accueil Plus Airport Service (fall semester 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 !



If you are coming to Montréal for a year or more, you’re likely to have a lot of luggage. Airlines set limits on the number and weight of suitcases passengers can take with them. In economy class, the limit for international flights with major airlines is usually two suitcases in the hold, with a maximum of 23 kg each; for low-cost or charter airlines, the limit is usually one 20-kg suitcase.

When purchasing your ticket, ask the airline for the maximum number, volume and weight of luggage you can bring, as well as the cost of each additional kilogram, if overweight bags are allowed at all. In some cases, a higher-grade ticket can provide fewer restrictions and turn out to be a wise choice when compared to paying a luggage supplement. If you expect to bring along a large quantity of personal belongings, it might be less expensive to have your excess items shipped in a trunk by air freight or cargo ship.


TIP! Although it’s important to see family regularly, keep in mind that you can use your breaks to discover Montréal and the province of Québec in greater depth. 

If you return to spend time with family every time there’s a holiday, you might end up leaving Montréal at the end of your studies without having enjoyed some of its greatest treasures!

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