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Your studies in Montréal

A hub between Europe and North America, Montréal is the largest city in the province of Québec, in Canada. It is a metropolis renowned for its quality of life, a safe and welcoming city for students. Montréal is host to more than 17,000 international students who benefit from some of the lowest tuition fees in North America.

A cosmopolitan city where French and English live side by side harmoniously, Montréal offers a diversified cultural mosaic thanks to the many ethnic communities who chose to settle here.

The city boasts many green spaces, architecture that is the envy of the greatest American cities, and characteristic neighbourhoods reminiscent of Montréal’s European origins. On a more practical note, Montréal features a very modern public transit system and one of the world’s largest networks of bike paths, making it easy to get around in the city.

The ITHQ is located in an ideal part of town, between Quartier Latin and Plateau Mont-Royal, and a stone’s throw from the Quartier des Spectacles. In fact, Montréal is renowned as a vibrant city, hosting numerous shows as well as international cultural and sporting events throughout the year.

With its central location within a few minutes of the Montréal’s museums, theatres, cinemas and dance clubs, and surrounded by restaurants, pubs, and bistros, there’s no doubt that the ITHQ is in the heart of the action!

Get to know Montréal with this video!

 

Language of instruction

Located in Montreal, the only French-language metropolis in North America, the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) offers a curriculum taught in French, with the exception of Wine and Spirit Certificate (English only) and Hautes Études en gestion hôtelière internationale / Advanced Studies in International Hotel Management (bilingual: French and English).

Programs open to international students

Academic year

At the ITHQ, the academic year is divided into three terms: Fall (August to December), winter (January to May) and summer (May to July). However, certain programs may be offered continuously throughout the year or include an internship during the summer term.

Registration and tuition fees

For information on registration and tuition fees at the ITHQ, refer to the Costs section in the page dedicated to your chosen program.

Financial aid

Please note that international students are not eligible for financial aid from the government of Québec. International students wishing to obtain a bursary or scholarship must contact the appropriate officials in their country. 

Living expenses

In Montréal, the cost of living is very low compared to other major cities around the world. The ITHQ estimates that students can expect to pay approximately $1250 per month for living expenses (housing, food, clothing, transportation, social activities and sports), in other words about $15,000 per year. However, this amount does not include registration and tuition fees, uniforms and school materials.

 

Here is an example of a typical budget showing the basic expenses associated with an average student lifestyle.

EXPENSES

COST*

(per year)

COMMENTS

Housing

$6,120

Based on the lowest monthly rate charged for a studio at the UQAM Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. university residences ($510/month)

Food

$5,400

Minimum of $15 per day

Health and hospitalization insurance

$725

Group health and hospitalization insurance plan offered for international students at the ITHQ

Public transit (metro and bus)

$492

Based on the STM Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. rate for students ages 25 and under ($41/month)

*Approximate costs (data updated on November 15, 2011). All amounts listed are in Canadian dollars.

 Housing options in Montréal

  • Student residences

    The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) allows Institut students to rent rooms or studios in their university residences Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre., which are located about a 10-minute walk from the ITHQ.
  • Host families

    To truly live the Montréal experience, international students may decide to live with a family. To find lodgings with a host family, we invite students to visit the following sites:
    Montreal’s Number 1 Homestay Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.
    Minerva Homestay Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.

    Please note that the ITHQ does not in any way check the services offered by these agencies nor is it in any way responsible for this service.
  • Apartment rentals

    You can also rent or share an apartment or house, furnished or unfurnished. For a listing of apartment rentals, consult the sites below:
    Voir - cherchetrouve.ca Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. (French only)
    LesPac Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. (French only)
    Montreal Craigslist Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.
    Montreal Kijiji Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.
    Moremontreal Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.
    Lappart.info Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. (information website regarding Montreal’s rental market)

There is helpful information about housing and basic commodities for living in Montréal on these Québec government websites: Ministère de l’immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. and
Services Québec Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre..

Useful links

Tourisme Montréal Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.

Ville de Montréal Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.

Immigration-Québec Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. - The Montréal region at a glance

Study in Montréal Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. – The portal for international students

The Weather Network Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.

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