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Newly admitted students

Great news: you're in! Congratulations on your offer of admission to undergraduate studies.

Follow these eight steps to get registered and ready to begin

Your offer of admission contains important information about exemptions, deficiencies, credits, program length and possible conditions of admission. Here's what those terms mean.

Conditions

The conditions section of your offer letter outlines any conditions you need to meet before starting your degree at Concordia. You will not receive a new letter once the condition is fulfilled. 

Exemption

An exemption won't decrease the number of credits you need to complete your degree but it will let you skip ahead to a more advanced course. If you have received an exemption for a particular course, you can't take that course at Concordia and receive credit for it. If you have received an exemption for a course that's required for your program, connect with your program advisor to discuss what course you should take instead.

Deficiency

A deficiency is a course required to get into your program that you have not completed. You need to complete courses identified as deficiencies as early in your studies as possible.

Transfer credits

Transfer credits are credits you earned from your prior studies. These credits may count towards your program of study or your electives. Check with your program advisor to learn if any of your transfer credits fulfill your program or degree requirements. You may need to work with your department to finalize transfer credits, as indicated in your offer letter.

Questions?

Your admissions officer can answer questions about your offer of admission. You'll find their name and contact information in your offer letter. Remember to include your full name and student ID number.

It's time to look into your program's advising and degree requirements, so that when course registration opens, you can act right away.

Start by reading the advising and registration email from your faculty, sent to you after you confirmed your offer of admission. Look up your program in the Undergraduate Calendar, the definitive source for understanding the courses you'll need to complete your degree. 

Depending on your program, you may have to attend an academic advising session hosted by your faculty or speak with your academic advisor before you can register for courses. Read the information below for instructions specific to your faculty.

If you still have questions about course registration, speak with your academic advisor. Throughout your time at Concordia, your advisor is an important resource for questions about your program, course registration and other academic matters.  You'll find their name and contact information in your Student Centre. Make sure to include your student ID number when you email your advisor.

Your offer of admission may be conditional on meeting certain criteria and sending in official documents. Here's how to share official documents with us.

CEGEP students: we should receive your official final transcript electronically from your CEGEP. We’ll notify you if you need to arrange the submission of your transcript yourself.

Ontario curriculum high school students admitted to fall term: We will receive your official final transcript electronically from your high school if you included your OUAC number in your application to Concordia.

Ontario high school students admitted to winter term: You must ensure your school sends us your final grades and confirmation of graduation using the electronic submission or sealed envelope method (see below).

All other applicants: We consider documents official if they come to us directly from an educational institution, exam board or test provider. Depending on the curriculum, an official document may be electronic or on paper. Documents submitted by students are considered unofficial unless they meet the criteria of the sealed envelope method (see below) for submitting official documents.

Documents in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation prepared by the school or a certified translator. A copy of the original document should be included along with the translation.

If you think you won’t be able to meet the conditions in your offer letter, get in touch with your admissions officer to discuss your options. Your admission officer’s contact information can be found on the second page of your offer letter.

You may be eligible for guaranteed housing on campus. If you're planning to rent an apartment, understand how to go about finding housing in Montreal.

Concordia offers student housing on both campuses, including the gorgeous Grey Nuns residence in the heart of downtown Montreal. Living on campus is a great way to make the most of your first year at university. Instant friends from around the world, your meals taken care of and proximity to class, the gym, the library — what could be better?

Living off campus is another option many students choose. Each Montreal neighbourhood has its own unique flavour and part of the fun of apartment-hunting is finding a spot that fits your lifestyle and your budget. July 1 is the most popular day to move, meaning you may be competing with other apartment-seekers, but you’ll also have more choice since that’s when the majority of apartments become available.

Montrealers have their own way of describing the size of an apartment: 

  • 1 ½: studio apartment, i.e., one large room with a bathroom and kitchenette
  • 3 ½: kitchen, living room, one bedroom, bathroom
  • 4 ½: kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, bathroom
  • 5 ½: kitchen, living room, three bedrooms, bathroom

Many apartments do not include the cost of heating and hot water in the rent. Some apartments do not come with appliances (stove, refrigerator, etc.). In that case, you will need to bring or buy your own.

Whether you’re from Quebec, another province or another country, make sure your healthcare coverage is in place for your time at university.

Health insurance

Canadian students from another province: retain your healthcare coverage from your home province. Make sure you notify your provincial health authority you are studying in Quebec.

If you're a Canadian living abroad: it's likely you won't be covered by a provincial health plan. Instead, make sure you're covered through your parents' insurance or purchase insurance through Concordia

International students: you are covered by a compulsory health insurance plan as required by Immigration Quebec. 

CSU health and dental plan

All Quebec and out-of-province students registered for more than three credits are automatically enrolled in the Concordia Student Union (CSU) Health and Dental Plan. The plan provides coverage for services not included under provincial health care, like vision and dental care and travel insurance.

Vaccination

We strongly recommend the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and those around you.

Before you leave home, review your vaccine history and consider getting any vaccines or boosters you're missing. And pack your vaccine records: it's important you have easy access to this info while you're at Concordia!

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