What to do before you come

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Plan your arrival

Congratulations, you have been accepted to the ITHQ! Below are the steps to prepare for your arrival.

Formalities for requesting a study permit in Quebec and Canada

When you receive a letter from the ITHQ confirming your acceptance to your chosen program, you must immediately start the formalities to request a study permit in Quebec and Canada. Please note that fees will be charged.

Formalities for entering Canada

When you arrive at your first Canadian border crossing (Montreal International Airport or other point of entry), you must present the following official documents:

Make your arrival a snap!

Accueil Plus is a free service for new international students arriving at Montréal-Trudeau airport to study at a Quebec university or college.

This service offers:

  • Streamlined procedures with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • A reception service of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion du Québec (MIDI)
  • An information booth at the airport 

Once you have your letter of approval to come to Canada and your plane ticket to Montreal, register online to make your arrival to the country that much easier.



As an international student, you must be covered by health and hospital insurance for the duration of your studies. This insurance must provide coverage in Quebec and any other country where you may do an internship. If you do not have sufficient insurance, you will need to join the ITHQ group insurance plan for international students.

Financial aid

International students are not eligible for the Government of Quebec’s financial aid program. However, you can contact the appropriate officials in your country of citizenship or residence for information about scholarships or bursaries.

Living expenses

To get permission to study in Quebec, applicants must demonstrate that they have the required financial resources to cover their tuition, transportation costs (round-trip travel from their country of origin), their settling in expenses for the first year, and their living expenses for their entire stay.

Consult the table of  estimated living expenses of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion du Québec.

In addition to education costs, you must budget for the purchase of uniforms, travel for internships, health and hospital insurance, etc. For more details about education costs, refer to the “Costs” section of your chosen program.

Useful links

Housing options in Montreal

The links below are for information purposes only. The ITHQ does not verify these agencies or classified ads sites and is not responsible for these services in any way.

Student residences

Host families

Apartment rentals

Other sites