Section 19.1 Admission Requirements
Section 19.2 Procedures and Immigration Documentation Required for the University
Section 19.3 Tuition and Other Fees for International Students
Section 19.4 Scholarships, Bursaries and Loans
Section 19.5 International Student Health and Accident Insurance
Section 19.6 Working as Part of a Co‑op or Internship Program
In this section, International students will find relevant information on admission requirements, immigration regulations, tuition fees, scholarships and bursaries, the health insurance plan, as well as regulations on working in Canada. The International Students Office (ISO), Student and Enrolment Services, has developed support services to promote the adjustment of International students to life and study in Canada.
It is essential that International students submit their immigration documents and/or passport (see Section 19.2 Procedures and Immigration Documentation Required for the University for further details). Documents can be uploaded directly through the Concordia Portal by the student, submitted to either the International Students Office or the Birks Student Service Centre.
Immigration regulations cited in Section 19 International Students are valid at the time of this writing. For further information, students should contact the Canadian consulate/embassy in their country.
The language of instruction at Concordia University is English. For information regarding the language proficiency requirement, refer to Section 13.4 Language Proficiency.
All persons, other than Canadian citizens and landed immigrants, who wish to pursue their studies in the province of Quebec, must obtain a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and a Study Permit.
For further information on Immigration Quebec, see the following link:
For further information on Immigration Canada, see the following link:
Students whose program of study is six months or less in duration have the option of studying in Canada without having to apply for a CAQ or Study Permit provided they complete their studies within the authorized period of their stay in Canada.
Regulation 188(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations reads as follows:
A foreign national may study in Canada without a study permit:
c) if the duration of their course or program of studies is six months or less and will be completed within the period for their stay authorized upon entry into Canada.
Most refugee claimants cannot take advantage of the exemption from the required Study Permit. For further information on the Study Permit requirements for refugees and protected persons, see the following link:
International students who will be studying in a program for six months or more are required to provide a copy of their immigration documents (usually a CAQ and Study Permit) to the University through their student portal when they first register at Concordia and thereafter every time they renew their immigration documents.
International students who will be studying for six months or less are required to submit copies of their passport pages showing the passport number, the dates of issuance and expiry, name and date of birth, and the stamp made by Canadian authorities on their most recent entry into Canada.
These directives are in accordance with the funding regulations of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur which requires that all International students registered at a university in Quebec have in their permanent file a copy of their Quebec Acceptance Certificate, their Study Permit, proof of valid health insurance (see Section 19.5 International Student Health and Accident Insurance) and, for persons studying six months or less, a copy of the appropriate passport pages.
International students are required to provide the appropriate documentation before the DNE deadline of their first term at Concordia and thereafter every time they renew their immigration documents.
Failure to comply with this regulation could result in the cancellation of the student’s registration.
The University reserves the right to modify the published scale of tuition and other student fees without prior notice.
The fees, payable to the University for the regular session of two terms commencing in September and concluding in April, range from $24,358 to $29,248 for a full‑time student. This amount includes tuition fees for 30 credits; compulsory fees which include student services, recreation and athletics, technology infrastructure, copyright and association and activity fees; administration fee; registration fees; and the health insurance premium. This estimate does not include the cost of textbooks or living expenses.
Please refer to the Tuition and Fees website at concordia.ca/admissions/tuition-and-fees for information concerning the payment of tuition and fees.
Exemptions from Differential Fees
Certain International students may be eligible to pay the same fees as Quebec residents or Canadian citizens. Students who qualify for an exemption from the differential fees for International students, pay tuition and other fees at the same rate as the Canadian, Quebec resident student (including tuition and compulsory fees for 30 credits, and the International students health insurance fee).
The following are among those exempted from paying differential fees who may pay the Quebec tuition rate:
The following are exempted from paying differential fees and may pay the Canadian tuition rate:
Two types of awards are available to undergraduate students through the Financial Aid and Awards Office: scholarships and bursaries.
Entrance scholarships and entrance bursaries are available to newly admitted students entering university programs for the first time. In-course scholarships and in-course bursaries are available to returning students who have completed at least one year of studies at Concordia University. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement and in some cases, consideration is given to the involvement in university life or other non-academic criteria.
Bursaries are awarded based on financial need and acceptable academic standing, and sometimes additional criteria may apply. Students receiving tuition waivers from the University are not eligible to apply for entrance or in-course bursaries. For additional information on all undergraduate awards, consult the Financial Aid and Awards Office website.
Concordia is recognized as a Title IV eligible foreign school by the U.S. Department of Education. American students studying at Concordia may be eligible for Federal Student Aid (FSA) (full time: 12 credits or more or half time: 6 credits or more) in the form of a Direct Loan from the U.S. Department of Education. For further information on eligibility requirements and how to apply to the FSA program, consult the Financial Aid and Awards Office website.
Concordia is recognized as an eligible foreign school by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The Financial Aid and Awards Office helps students work with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in order to pursue studies at Concordia. Students should contact FAAO early so that it can guide them through the process. If they are newly admitted students, their first step is to make sure they have their Certificate of Eligibility and their program is eligible for funding.
The Government of Quebec has agreements for granting a limited number of exemptions from differential fees for International students from specific countries. Consult Section 19.3 Tuition and Other Fees for International Students for the list of countries and information.
Information on scholarships for International students from the Government of Canada can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s website: scholarships.gc.ca. Students are also encouraged to check with their home government for funding opportunities.
Funds are available at the International Students Office for short‑term emergency loans. Loans are issued to full‑time undergraduate and graduate students who need temporary emergency financial assistance. For further information on eligibility requirements and conditions, contact the coordinator, International Students Office, Room: GM 330, 514‑848‑2424, ext. 3514.
Immigration Quebec services and the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur require that all International students be covered by a health insurance plan while studying and living in Quebec. To this end, Concordia University has negotiated a compulsory health and accident insurance plan for its International students. Health insurance fees are charged automatically when International students register for courses.
Check the International Students Office website at concordia.ca/offices/iso for the cost of coverage. Coverage is from September 1 until August 31 of the following year. Students who register in January pay a pro-rated premium for the eight-month period from January 1 until August 31 of the same year.
Only certain categories of International students are permitted to opt out of the Concordia Health Insurance Plan for International Students. These categories are listed below. Please note that Concordia University does not accept any other health insurance plan that the student might be carrying or maintaining while coming to Canada.
Proof of above‑mentioned insurance is required in order to process an exemption. It must be presented in English or French indicating the period and amount of coverage available in Canada. This information is required by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur and must be in the Concordia student’s file for audits and reports. Applications for exemptions are processed in person at the International Students Office (ISO), GM Building, Room: 330. Applications must be processed every year.
Adjustments or cancellations will be based on the date the ISO receives a copy of the above-mentioned supporting documentation. Insurance plans are based on a monthly rate from the first day of the month to the last day of the month. As such, and in order for the student to obtain the fullest refund, the request for adjustments or cancellations should be made prior to the first day of the month.
Retroactive adjustments will only be considered and provided where supporting documents can prove that health insurance coverage has been maintained continuously from the beginning of the required insurance period. Where the supporting documents do not indicate health insurance coverage, the monthly fee charged will not be refunded. If a student has filed an insurance claim, the student can only receive a retroactive refund for the period (months) following the claim. Refunds are provided in the form of credit to the student’s university account.
Some academic programs require that students complete a work term(s) in order to complete the degree requirements. International students who are enrolled in such programs must apply for a Co-op Work Permit. For further information, refer to: cic.gc.ca/English/study/work-coop.asp or visit the GM Building, Room: 330.
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