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International Students

First Steps

Arrival and registration

Upon your arrival, you are invited to go to the Secretary’s Office on your campus and to the International Students Office on the Rouyn-Noranda campus. If you are a student attending the Amos or Val-d’Or campus, we invite you to contact us by email or phone, so that we can refer you to staff on those campus who can provide you with the information you need.

We want to meet with you so that we can help you complete a few formalities related to admission, provide you with information about the required membership in the group health and hospitalization insurance plan or application to the provincial health insurance authority (régime d’assurance-maladie du Québec [RAMQ]). Once you have completed this step, you can go to your module and proceed with the selection of your courses. At the start of each subsequent academic session, make sure the Office of the Registrar has authorized your registration.

We will also provide you with information about different administrative processes that need to be completed and information about the different services available at UQAT. You will receive a folder of valuable information that will help you find housing and settle in for your stay with us.


Adjusting and integrating to student life

The student services counsellor will be able to answer your questions regarding university life and immigration processes (CAQ, study permit, etc.). Information sessions provided by the counsellor will inform you about housing, transportation, the purchase of goods, work, cultural differences and even preparing for winters in Quebec! Check Symbiose regularly for information session times. Also check your university email address (; you will receive a personal invitation for every activity intended specifically for international students.


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Back-to-School Orientation Activities

During the first week of the academic session, you will find information booths around campus where you can register for a variety of socio-cultural and sports activities offered at UQAT. Programming varies on each campus. Consult the Back-to-School program at (Fr).

In addition, during the first week of the fall and winter sessions, see us for the schedule of the various information sessions and workshops about your career as a student métier d’étudiant (Fr).

Your student association, AGEUQAT, will send you a handbook at the beginning of the session. This handbook, the Guide des étudiants internationaux (Fr) and the website are valuable tools for you. You will also receive a university email address,, which will be valid indefinitely, even after you have completed your studies at UQAT. You must use it for all your communications with the university, your professors and your classmates. Check this address regularly for mail: if the university needs to contact you, they will do so by email.


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Day of Welcome for International Students

A day of welcome has been specially organized so that you can familiarize yourself with your new surroundings and find the information you need for a pleasant adjustment and integration to university life. On this day, you will be able to participate in a guided tour of the campus, and to meet your instructors, Student and Alumni Services staff and other international students newly admitted to UQAT.

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Throughout the region, newspapers list available housing. Also check notice boards in grocery stores, malls, the CEGEP and UQAT. The list of newspapers and other useful information directories are provided in the Useful Information section of this guide.

Also the Office of the Registrar (Fr) offers the support you need to facilitate your search for housing.


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Health and Hospitalization Insurance

All students attending UQAT require health and hospitalization insurance. Contact the Bureau des étudiants internationaux (Fr) for more information.

In accordance with regulations in effect in Quebec, you are required to be part of a health and hospitalization insurance plan, and you must pay the required premium.

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Last update : July-01-10