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Student exchange program

Are you enrolled at an ÉTS partner establishment? If that is the case, you can take part in a student exchange program for one or two semesters. If your exchange program is part of an interuniversity agreement, you are exempted from tuition and related fees.

Candidates for a double-diploma program are not considered exchange students. Find out about the procedure for double-diploma programs.




Step 1: Is your establishment an ÉTS partner?


To be eligible for a student exchange program at ÉTS, you have to be a student at a partner establishment (bilateral partner or signatory to the Bureau de la coopération interuniversitaire (BCI, formerly CRÉPUQ) exchange agreement.

List of partner establishments (bilateral agreements)
List of Bureau de la coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) partner establishments

Your teaching establishment does appear on this list? You are not eligible for the ÉTS student exchange program.



Step 2: Are you eligible?

To be eligible for the student exchange program, you must:

  • Be enrolled at an ÉTS partner establishment or an establishment that is a signatory to the BCI exchange agreement
  • Be enrolled in an engineering program
  • Have successfully completed the first or second year of your engineering studies (level L3 or M1) prior to the beginning of the exchange program
  • Obtain authorization from your home establishment



Step 3: What exchange program are you interested in?


One-semester exchange program
Short undergraduate program - 0469

This program addresses students interested in studying for one semester (4 months of courses) at ÉTS as part of an agreement with their home establishment or as part of the Bureau de la coopération interuniversitaire exchange program.

The short undergraduate program includes 15 course (30 ECTS), which is equivalent to approximately 5 courses.

When you have successfully completed this program, you receive an official statement of completion from ÉTS, including detailed transcripts and grades. These credits can be transferred to and recognized by your home establishment.
Two-semester exchange program
Undergraduate certificate – 4023, course profile

This program addresses students interested in studying for 2 semesters (8 months of courses) at ÉTS as part of an agreement with their home establishment or as part of the Bureau de la coopération interuniversitaire exchange program.

The undergraduate certificate (course profile) includes 30 course credits (60 ECTS), which is equivalent to approximately 10 courses.

When you have successfully completed this program, you receive an official statement of completion from ÉTS, including detailed transcripts and grades. These credits can be transferred to and recognized by your home establishment.
Exchange program consisting of one semester of studies and one traineeship 
Undergraduate certificate – 4023, traineeship profile

This program is available to students enrolled in their final year of engineering studies (level M2 only).

This program addresses students interested in studying for 2 semesters (8 months or more of courses), including courses and laboratory research activity, as part of an agreement with their home establishment or as part of the Bureau de la coopération interuniversitaire exchange program.

The undergraduate certificate (traineeship profile) includes one semester of study (4 months) and 15 course credits (30 ECTS), approximately 5 courses, and one laboratory traineeship (4 months or more), including a 3-credit course (6 ECTS) and a 12-credit research activity (24 ECTS).

When you have successfully completed this program, you receive an official statement of completion from ÉTS, including detailed transcripts and grades. These credits can be transferred to and recognized by your home establishment.
Engineering double-diploma program – Master (available for M2 only)
Consult the section on double-diploma programs.
Laboratory research training
Consult the section on research traineeship in a laboratory.



Step 4: What field of study are you interested in?

In Quebec, a baccalauréat degree in engineering is equivalent to an engineering diploma.

ÉTS program descriptions mention its baccalauréat en génie or baccalauréat degree in engineering. This must not be confused with the French baccalauréat or a Bachelor degree (license level, L3).

To apply for admission in a program, you must select a program of study from among the 7 engineering fields covered by the ÉTS curriculum.

To enrol in a program, your study contract must include at least 2 courses (6 credits) in your selected field.

Engineering programs offered by ÉTS

By clicking on the links below, you access a list of courses offered by program (in French only):

Construction engineering (CTN)
Electrical engineering (ELE)
Software engineering (LOG)
Automated manufacturing engineering (GPA)
Operations and logistics engineering (GOL)
Information technology engineering (GTI)
Mechanical engineering (MEC)



Step 5: Prepare your study contract

To apply for admission in the student exchange program, you must include the list of courses you intend to take.

These courses must be approved by your home establishment. They will be part of your study contract, which is a requirement for enrolment at ÉTS.

You may select courses in different departments at ÉTS, in accordance with the following guidelines:

You must register for at least 12 credits per semester (full-time registration). By registering for 15 credits per semester, you can obtain either a short-program attestation or a certificate (subject to earning sufficient credits)

You must select at least 2 courses in your profile, that is, courses that include the 3-letter prefix referring to your field (ELE, MEC, GPA, etc.)

You must avoid selecting courses with prefixes unrelated to the 7 fields of engineering or complementary, language or general courses

You must selected courses in the 100 to 700 series; these are engineering courses, with the first digit indicating the course level

Courses in the 800 series are accessible to students enrolled in their final year of engineering studies (level M2) as part of their exchange. These are advanced courses (graduate or post-graduate). You can select up to 3 courses in this series (9 credits), subject to approval by ÉTS, in accordance with your academic performance. You must include the registration form for application to graduate courses when you apply for admission. Please be advised that the workload for these courses is heavier and that 9 graduate-level credits is equivalent to a full-time semester; consequently, it is important to find the right balance between these courses and your core engineering courses

All courses are not offered in each semester. Be sure to check that the courses you select are offered during your stay. To do so, consult the course-planning document available 5 semesters in advance: 

If  you registered for the certificate (2 semesters):

  • You can include a laboratory research activity (traineeship equivalency) in your study contract

  • Your second semester will include a course (3 credits) and a 4- to 8-month LAB112 laboratory research activity (12 credits). This activity is supervised by an ÉTS professor as part of established research projects in association with the ÉTS’s 60 research chairs and research units

  • Research may be carried out on site. To help you find a supervisor, consult the Research Director and subject section, where you can learn more about the professors working in your field of expertise. Contact a professor to discuss your aspirations and objectives

  • If you would like to pursue laboratory research training (not as part of an exchange program), see the appropriate procedure.

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Step 6: Apply for admission

When your home establishment approves your participation in the exchange program, you receive an e-mail with a username and a password. Please you them to register online.

Application deadlines

May 1 For the autumn semester (September)
October 1 For the winter semester (January)

You may start your exchange program in early September or early January.

In either case, your home establishment must confirm your participation in the exchange program before May 1.

Following this date, ÉTS will accept applications if space is available. Applications submitted or completed after the deadline will be processed in accordance with available space and without guarantee of enrolment for the target period.

Please do not wait until the last minute to apply. There may be a gap of 4 months between the time you receive your letter of acceptance and the time your study permit is issued.

Documents to be included 
To expedite the application process, we recommend that you digitize and upload the documents that must be included.
  • Your university transcripts (post baccalauréat for students from France, including transcripts for preliminary courses, IUT, engineering studies, etc.)
  • Birth certificate
  • Your study contract signed by an authorized person at your home establishment
  • Your application form for the BCI (formerly CRÉPUQ) exchange program at
  • The application form (in French only) for graduate-level courses for students whose course selection includes undergraduate courses (800 series)

Students in exchange programs are exempt from application-processing fees. 


Step 7: Response to your request for admission


The registrar’s office (admissions department) confirms its decision by e-mail. This letter of acceptance is required when you complete immigration documents for your stay in Canada.

Once you have been accepted for study at ÉTS, your study contract is sent to the coordinator for departmental affairs who registers your name for the courses indicated in your study contract.

The coordinator contacts you prior to your arrival to make changes to your study contract in the event of scheduling conflicts and unavailable courses.

At this stage, ÉTS cannot guarantee change requests to your study contract. If you wish to make changes to your study contract, you can do so before the deadline in each semester. These changes can then be made without administrative or academic penalty and on the basis of course and space availability.


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Step 8 : Official documents and medical insurance

Official documents and health insurance