International students

Concordia welcomes applicants from all parts of Canada, the United States and abroad. The university’s international students, who hail from more than 150 different countries, make up nearly 12 per cent of the 38,809 for-credit students.

Programs & courses

Concordia provides a wide range of innovative programs and courses that offer a unique and rewarding educational experience. Concordia boasts small classes, accessible professors, and an affordable education. Explore: 

  • 300 undergraduate programs. Bachelors and certificate degrees, which are offered by four faculties, include opportunities for cross-faculty studies.
  • More than 100 graduate programs that lead to master's, doctoral, diploma and certificate degrees, delivered by the four faculties and the School of Graduate Studies.
  • A wide range of non-credit programs, including intensive English-language and professional certificate programs, offered by the Centre for Continuing Education

Bustling campus life

Discover our campus by exploring campus life or booking a campus tour.

Montreal is both an exciting place and affordable city. The majority of students opt for off-campus housing, while others live with roommates, family or on their own, or on-campus residences. Find out more about housing for new undergraduate students.


International Students Office

Concordia recognizes that individuals from different cultures and educational systems have differing needs. The International Student Office (ISO) staff members provide students with services in a warm and welcoming environment.

The ISO is the first stop for all international students. Most international students consider the ISO as their home away from home. Staff members are highly knowledgeable and ready available to field questions or, if need be, make referrals on how to respond to queries.

ISO services include:

  • Advising and support
  • Orientation and information sessions
  • * Assistance with immigration documents (i.e., CAQs and study permits)
  • Assistance with academic and para-academic problems and emergencies, and immigration matters
  • Issuing short-term emergency loans
  • Information on employment regulations
  • Acting as a liaison with sponsoring agencies and governmental sponsors
  • Help with handling health-insurance plans for international students
  • Housing support groups to inform new students about availabilities in Montreal
  • The ISO information bulletin

* It is mandatory for international students to submit their immigration documents to the ISO at the beginning of the term.

The International Students Office also publishes important resources:

Pre-Departure Guide for International Students: This booklet contains step-by-step procedures on how to obtain the proper immigration documents to study in Quebec and Canada. It includes information about finances, housing, tuition and health insurance. Download the Pre-Departure Guide for International Students.

The International Student Handbook: Contains information for international students about living in Montreal and services available at Concordia. Returning international students may also find recent information about policies and regulations that affect all international students. Download the International Student Handbook(PDF).

More about the International Students Office.

Concordia International Students Association

The Concordia International Students Association, run by and for international students and those with an interest in cultural diversity, helps international students adjust to life at Concordia, as well as in Montreal and Quebec.

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