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Follow these eight steps to get registered and ready to begin

01
Read your offer of admission

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

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. 

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.

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 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.

Your admissions officer can answer questions about your offer of admission. You'll find their name and contact information in your offer letter.

02
Confirm your offer

Let us know you'll be attending Concordia via your Student Centre.

Go to your Student Centre. Under Applications, find Status. Click Accept or Decline Offer. Pay the $100 admission confirmation deposit. It's non-refundable, but will go towards your tuition once you register for courses. Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off so the payment screen pops up. 

If you're a Quebec Cegep student and your application status in your Student Centre shows you've been admitted but you don't have an offer letter yet, don't worry! You should receive your offer by email within a few weeks.

If you are an international student and you have confirmed your offer, check out the pre-departure guide before moving on to Step 3. 

Be aware that your offer is valid for the term to which you have been accepted.

03
Understand which courses to take

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. Consult your academic requirements report to view your own personalized list of courses and see if a given course is available in an upcoming term.

Your department may also have first-year course planning worksheets and other helpful information. It's important to understand the requirements of your academic program so you know what courses to register for each year. Please note that you must register for courses for the term to which you are admitted or your admission will be cancelled.

Your program advisor is your guide throughout your time at university. They can answer questions about which courses you should take, your program requirements and other academic matters. You'll find their name and contact information in your Student Centre.

Depending on your program, you may have advising requirements to fulfill either by speaking to your academic advisor or watching a registration video for clearance to register. 

04
Register for courses

Use the class schedule builder, waitlists and swap feature to select and register for your courses. Plus, make sure you have the prerequisites you need for future classes.

When you're ready to begin adding courses, login to your Student Centre and click on Enroll. Use the class schedule builder to help you generate various combinations of your weekly class schedule based on the courses you plan to take. Many courses will have additional components to include in your schedule such as labs or tutorials. These may be optional or required. Add the courses you wish to take and finalize your enrollment.

The sooner you register for courses, the more options you’ll have. If you are offered admission after registration opens or the course you want is full, don’t panic! Course waitlists are often available and course swaps are possible. You can add or drop courses up until the Did Not Enter (DNE) deadline, generally after the first two weeks of classes in the fall and winter terms, which allows you to withdraw from courses and be refunded the tuition fees.

If you see a course has spots available but you are unable to register for it, this may be due to some spots being reserved for students in a specific program. If possible, add yourself to the waitlist and continue to monitor the class availability and your progress on the waitlist. You may need to contact the department offering the course for more information.

A prerequisite is a specific course you need to take before another course. Find out if a course has a prerequisite by reading the course description directly in the registration system or in the Undergraduate Calendar. It’s best to fit the prerequisite you need into your schedule now, so you have access to your desired course in a later semester. 

If you need help figuring out how to use the registration system, email new@concordia.ca to speak with a Welcome Crew student mentor.

05
Send official documents

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 transcripts directly from your Cegep. We’ll notify you if you need to arrange the submission of your transcripts yourself.

Ontario secondary school students admitted to fall term: We will receive your official final transcripts electronically from your high school if you included your OUAC number in your application to Concordia. For Ontario secondary school students admitted to winter term: Arrange for your school to send us your official final transcripts, indicating you’ve been awarded your diploma.

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 hard-copy. Documents submitted by students are considered unofficial unless they are in a sealed envelope.

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.

06
Understand your tuition fees

See how tuition fees are calculated, make sure you have a permanent code and start making a budget.

Once you've registered for courses, you'll see your tuition owing in your Student Centre. Tuition fees are due at the beginning of term. A few factors determine your tuition fees, including whether you’re from Quebec (or qualify for Quebec residency status), another province or outside Canada. These and other factors could affect your tuition fees. If you have questions about your tuition fees, you can contact the Student Accounts office for support.

All students studying in Quebec are required to have a permanent code, an identification number issued by the Quebec government. Without a permanent code, you will pay a fee surcharge. If this is your first time studying in Quebec, you will need to apply for a permanent code and submit it to Concordia to avoid tuition surcharges. Simply fill out the permanent code form in your Student Centre in the personal information section. International students, to finalize your permanent code application, we require a copy of your study permit. 

If you already have a permanent code and you didn't submit it as part of your application for admission, please enter it in the permanent code data form in your Student Centre.

Now is the time to start working on a budget. If you need help, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office. For Canadian and U.S. students, if you are considering student loans (also known as government student aid programs), apply a minimum of six to eight weeks before the start of term to receive your funds on time.

07
Find housing

Here's how to go about looking for a place to live in Montreal.

Normally, 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?

Currently, all residences are closed due to the pandemic. Wondering when they'll reopen? We'll let you know as soon as it becomes clear. In the meantime, get a sense of what it's like to live on campus

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.

08
Check your health insurance

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

Canadian students from outside Quebec: to retain your healthcare coverage from your home province, notify your provincial health authority you are studying in Quebec.

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.

International students are covered by a compulsory health insurance plan as required by Immigration Quebec. If you’re a Canadian student who’s never resided in Canada, you will not be covered by a provincial health plan. Make sure you're covered through your parents or purchase insurance through Concordia.

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!

Here's some information to consider if you're still waiting for an admissions decision

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