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International students

  1. Postdoctoral research
  2. Doctorate at the Faculty of Law in one of the CRDP's research areas (Law and Information Technologies / Law and Biotechnology)
  3. Master's at the Faculty of Law in one of the CRDP's research areas (Law and Information Technologies / Law and Biotechnology)

1. Before arriving in Montreal

Obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies, followed by a study permit and, in some cases, an entry visa from the Government of Canada.


It is primordial to obtain the entry and stay visas before coming to Canada. However, the CAQ and study permit are not required by foreign nationals whose program of studies is for six months or less; a visitor's visa is sufficient.

2. Housing in Montreal

University residences: are reserved for regular full-time students. Rent for a single room is around 0 per month, and a lease must be signed. For further information or to request a room, please contact the University's residences directly.

Off-campus housing: information is available through the University's off-campus housing office. The office has a database of apartments and rooms located near the University and in areas that are easy to access by metro or bus.

Contact the office only after you have arrived in Montreal because it does not accept reservations. You are advised to arrive two or three weeks before classes begin.

Régie du logement du Québec

If you have any questions concerning your rights and obligations with respect to housing (average rent, rent payments, recourses, etc.), contact the Quebec housing control board (Régie du logement) at (514) 873-2245.

3. Working in Québec

In order to work and be paid, you must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) issued by Service Canada.

You may take a job on the University campus (if you have a valid work permit and a job offer) or off-campus (if you have an off-campus work permit).

For further information, visit the Université de Montréal's International Student Website.

4. Studying at the CRDP

The Faculty of Law and the CRDP offer graduate programs in biotechnology law and information technologies law. Doctoral students may also write theses in these areas. Through their research and teaching, the CRDP's professors-researchers constantly renew these programs, which provide the framework in which the professors supervise and cosupervise most students.

Master's program
To be accepted into the Master of Laws program (in Information technologies law or Biotechnology law), an applicant must:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université de Montréal or a degree that is judged equivalent (with an average of at least 3.0 out of 4.3 or the equivalent);
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the French and English languages;
  • Meet other conditions for admissibility: see ( and(

Master's students may be enrolled for a maximum of 12 full-time semesters. In some cases, on recommendation by the Dean of the Faculty of Law, a candidate may be permitted to enrol part time.

Doctoal program
To be accepted into the Doctor of Laws program, an applicant must:

  • Hold a Master's degree or have training that is judged equivalent;
  • Present a draft research project;
  • Choose a research director;
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the French language.

Conditions of admissibility and forms

5. Choosing a research director

You must ensure that one of the CRDP's researchers will agree to direct you before you begin the application process.

The list of CRDP researchers and their areas of interest is available here.

6. Postdoctoral research at the CRDP

Over the last five years, some 20 postdoctoral students have continued original research projects at the CRDP in its research areas. In collaboration with a main or associate researcher in the Regroupement droit et changements, postdoctoral students are invited to take part in the work of one of our researcher teams. Through their publications, conferences, seminars, researcher project development and teaching, postdoctoral researchers contribute in many ways to the researcher activities of the CRDP and the Regroupement.

For further information on postdoctoral research at the CRDP and on how to request financial  support, please email and visit the website of Faculté des études supérieures de l'Université de Montréal.

Before applying to do postdoctoral research at the CRDP

Conditions of admissibility

  • A doctoral degree in research or equivalent training;
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor wha has agreed to supervise your research; 
  • A letter of recommendation from the Vice Dean of Research of the Faculty of Law;
  • A scholarship or proof of sufficient financial resources for the duration of the research (six months to three years).

Application form

The form is available on the Internet. You may complete it online and then print it.

Formulaire d'inscription (Application Form) (Formulario de inscripción)

The program number is 4-325-1-0, its title is ''Stage postdoctoral en droit'', and the department number is 1101 (part of the form is filled out by the applicant, part by the research director and part by the Vice Dean of Research at the Faculty of Law).

Documents to be included with the application:

  • Doctoral diploma;
  • Birth certificate (including the first and last names of your father and your mother) or passport;
  • Photocopy of your Health Insurance Card or application to the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec Health Insurance Plan;
  • Social Insurance Number;
  • Work permit, if you are not a Canadian citizen.

Send the form and documents to:

Mme Naoil Samik
Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal - Québec
H3C- 3J7
Tél. : (514) 343-7125
Fax. : (514) 343-2252

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