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Applying for a study permit


Important notice for persons admitted to the following programs for fall 2024: BBA with preparatory year, BBA, certificates, short undergraduate programs, short graduate programs, and D.E.S.S.

Due to the temporary moratorium on the issuance of new study permits, we recommend waiting until an agreement has been finalized between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec before starting to apply for a study permit.

You can, however, start applying for the Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) right away and make sure your passport is still valid.

We are confident that the moratorium will not prevent you from obtaining your immigration documents in time for fall term 2024. To learn more about the moratorium, see our webpage.

The study permit must be valid for the duration of your studies. It can be renewed from Canada.


Visit web page Study permit: How to apply

Your country’s Canadian visa office provides instructions

Other countries than France: read our advice

What to know before you apply

After submitting your application

Once your application has been accepted, you will receive a letter of introduction by email. Take a printout of this document before leaving your country. This letter is not your study permit; you will obtain your study permit once you enter Canada.

Sign up for Accueil Plus, a free welcoming service for international students: As part of the service, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be able to issue your study permit in advance. This will speed up your passage through customs.

Refugees and asylum seekers

Students seeking asylum or refugee status in Canada are considered international students, since they are neither permanent residents nor Canadian citizens. They need to request a free study permit.

To pursue their studies, they will need to provide the following documents:


Please note! If you hold work permit, you can apply for a study permit from inside Canada. However, in order to begin their studies, they must have their study permit in hand by the deadline indicated on the calendar.

Need help?

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Exchange students: please contact incoming@hec.ca


This online summary, dated February 27, 2019, holds no official standing. Changes may occur without notice. Quebec laws and regulations, as well as information emanating from the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, take precedence over this document.

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