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Studying at Éna

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The School


The École Nationale d'Aérotechnique (ÉNA) is a leader in terms of technical training in aerospace technology in North America. It is located near Montreal in the St-Hubert airport zone, close to many aeronautical businesses. Located on the ÉNA campus, the Centre technologique en aérospatiale (CTA) (Aerospace Technology Centre) is an applied research centre which relies on teachers/researchers and specialist technicians from industrial, academic and research environments. It is THE innovative partner of aeronautical companies.

ÉNA is a school affiliated with the Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, one of the biggest college in Quebec. ÉNA can accommodate approximately 1 300 students a year for regular full-time programs and several hundred technicians in continuing education. Its programs in aeronautical technology are recognized by Transport Canada.

Furthermore, thanks to an agreement with the (Wallonie Aerotraining Network) Centre de compétences Wallonie Aerotraining Network (WAN), a training and evaluation centre in Belgium, ÉNA can offer students the opportunity to take the EASA PART-66 theoretical exams in order to obtain an aeronautical technician's licence under the EASA PART-147 European certification norms of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

ÉNA has five hangars and a fleet of 38 aircraft, 26 airplanes and 11 helicopters, and is equipped with modern installations that include over 35 laboratories and specialized workshops. Not only does ENA offer training where theory and practice go hand in hand, but it offers its students the opportunity to register for a work-study program and to have access to internships in the workplace, both in Canada and in other countries. This work-study program allows a student to work at a paid internship varying from 12 to 16 weeks long in an aerospace business, starting in his 4th term. There is a second internship later in the training program. Although these internships can extend the duration of the study program by a year, this work experience is incomparable and extremely useful. 


What is the difference between École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA) and Cégep Édouard-Montpetit?


ÉNA is a school that is affiliated with Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, a cégep that is divided into two campuses:

Longueuil Campus

The Longueuil campus offers 23 training programs, some of which are offered, in french, to international students.

École nationale d'aérotechnique

ÉNA is located in Saint-Hubert. It offers exclusive college training in Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics, and Aerospace Engineering. 


Training Offered and Future Prospects


Each program at ENA offers an excellent job placement rate and stimulating perspectives for the future. Once you have your diploma, you will have access to the job market in your specific field, or you can continue studying at university.

Three-Year Technical Programs (DCS) Diploma of College Studies:

College Studies Attestation Program (CSA) for adults in career change:

How long is the program?


Technical programs (DCS)

ÉNA's technical programs take three years or six semesters to complete. Please note that it is important to ask for a study permit that covers the entire length of the program.

In addition to theory and practical training, ÉNA provides students with the opportunity to enrol in a Work/Study program that gives access to substantial workplace experience in Canada or another country. The option of alternating between periods of work and study means 4th semester students are able to benefit from a paid 8-16 week internship in an aerospace company either in Quebec or abroad. A second internship is planned for a later semester. Note the work/study option adds a year to the program (4 years).

However, this unmatched experience in the workplace can be very important. In addition to being paid, you will not only be able to practice what you have learned, develop a professional network, but also confirm your choice of your career as it corresponds to your needs and interests. At the same time, a work/study program provides a source of income while in school.

CSA Program

The aircraft maintenance program lasts 15 months, or 20 courses divided into five stages. It is also important to apply for a study permit covering the entire duration of the program.



Although these training sessions extend the duration of your studies, this incomparable work experience is extremely meaningful. It allows you, while being paid, to put the teaching you have received into practice, to create a business network, to experience a real work environment, to validate your career choice, and, sometimes, to obtain a part-time job while studying.

International students enrolled in work-study programs must, however, apply for a work permit as part of a cooperative program or a training session program. 

All three ÉNA programs are offered as work-study programs. For more information, please consult the work-study page. A work-study program, however, is not offered in the ACS Aircraft Maintenance program.

How does one arrange for the SRAM to carry out a comparative evaluation of studies?


To study in a Québec cégep, you must have attained a level of education that is equivalent to a Quebec High School Leaving (HSL) diploma and meet the specific conditions of the chosen study program, if applicable. Please consult the SRAM website to learn more about the comparative evaluation of studies.


If the language of instruction is my everyday language, although not my mother tongue, must I take a language test ? 


If the language of instruction for th program is English, any student who has not done his secondary schooling in English must take an English test in his own country.

Here are the accepted English tests and the required scores : 

  • TOEFL - IBT ou PBT : online version: 80; Components Writing et reading: 24
  • IELTS Academic : 6.5

If the language of instruction for the program is French, any student who has not done his secondary schooling in French must take an French test in his own country. For more details, see the Fench version of the website. 

If I fail the language test, can I remain enrolled?

If you fail the language test, your admission will be withdrawn. You will have to improve your level of proficiency and re-apply.


Class schedule and atttendance?


Details are available in the College’s institutional policy for the evaluation of student achievement (IPESA), available in PDF in the Regulations and Policies section on the École nationale d'aérotechnique Regulations and Policies page.

School calendar

You will find the school calendar on the Cégep website.  

Each class takes place on the same day, at the same time for 15 weeks of the term. The 15th-week of the course is spread over 10-days. Your teacher will tell you the exam date and it will be indicated in the course outline.


When you are registered in the chosen program, you will receive your student number which will allow you to access various information about your courses on the Omnivox portal and to view the grades you have received on your exams.


A dynamic student life!


One of the best ways to do well in school and to make friends in college is definitely to participate in the numerous events and activities offered at ÉNA. In fact, on the human level, the school offers a very stimulating environment where school spirit is strong.

Not only does ÉNA welcome more and more students from other countries, but it attracts hundreds of young people every year from different regions of Quebec; they too find themselves in an environment that was, until their arrival, completely new and unknown to them. In order to make friends, develop a social network and take full advantage of their stay at ÉNA, active participation in student life is not only encouraged but constitutes a factor in academic success.


For further information, please inquire about the many student activities offered at ÉNA and consult the list of all services provided to ÉNA students.

Watch the video, presentation and locale finale: “Science, on tourne!”

Each program at ÉNA has specific admission requirements. To find out more, consult the section related to the program that interests you. 

To apply for admission to ÉNA, consult the website of the Montreal regional admission service: Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM)

Although it is possible for an international student to apply at any time, we strongly encourage those students who are interested in the programs at ÉNA to apply at least five months before the beginning of the term.



Steps in the application process

To be admitted to the fall term (August) and have time to obtain immigration papers, the deadline to submit applications is March 31.

Here is a summary of steps to follow to apply for admission to one of our three technical programs:


1. Choose from one of the three technical programs;


2. After you decide which program will best suit your career plans, you must complete an application form and submit your application, on line, to the Service régional d'admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM).  Note that certain documents will be required by SRAM to complete your file, such as :

  • the application form
  • a transcript of your grades from the last three years of study, certified in French
  • a copy of the diploma(s) which correspond to these transcripts, certified in French
  • a birth certificate indicating the names of both your parents as well as your place of birth, certified in French
  • a document which shows your academic progress (if required)
  • fees must be paid by bank transfer. Refer to the Déroulement de l’inscription (Registration Process) for contact details of our banking institution.

If your documents are not in French, please send an official translation in French or English.


3. If you are accepted for the program, you will receive your admission letter by email. Then, you will also receive, by email, the progress of your registration and a checklist which will help you through the process of obtaining your official papers until you start your classes.

If you do not receive your Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies CAQ before the start of the term, you will not be able to start your studies at ÉNA because it is mandatory to apply for the study permit. Therefore, if you have not received your CAQ by August, you will not be able to get your study permit in time for the start of the term.


Obtaining a CAQ and a Study Permit


Once you have received your letter of admission, the following documents are required:

1.  A Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies is issued by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion Québec. We strongly recommend that you apply for this document by Internet in order to speed up the process as it generally takes less time this way. The form you must complete is at this site: 

  • The CAQ must be valid, must apply to college-level (cégep) studies and cover the full length of your program of studies.
  • To obtain the Québec Acceptance Certificate for Studies (CAQ) and study permit, the student must comply with the provisions of Canadian law authorizing the entry of international students into its territory. Furthermore, students must demonstrate financial capacity to meet their needs during their time studying in Canada.

2.  As soon as you receive your CAQ, you must follow the procedures regarding your study permit application and work permit for co-op training. Along with your letter of admission, you must also apply for permits on the IRCC website. 

We recommend that you apply for your study permit by Internet in order to speed up the application process.

  • The CAQ must be valid, must apply to college-level studies and cover the full length of your program of studies.
  • The Stage Coop work permit must be valid for the entire duration of your program of study.

A Temporary Resident Visa may also be required for certain countries. Consult the list of countries and territories that require a visa.

These entry and residence permits must be obtained prior to arriving in Canada and are generally only issued for full-time studies. A student is considered full-time if he or she takes 12 hours of credited courses per week, or 180 hours per term.  

Begin the consular process as soon as you receive your Notice of Admission to Cégep.


Obligatory Health Insurance


International students are required to participate in the health insurance and hospitalization plan of the academic institution where they are studying. The insurance plan at Édouard-Montpetit is available to international students. International students must pay for this insurance. No other insurance is accepted.

Students from France must show proof of their participation in the Quebec health insurance plan at the Registrar's office (Organisation scolaire) at ÉNA upon their arrival at the cégep in order to be exempted from health insurance plan for foreign students.

Students will receive all the necessary information on health insurance in the registration procedure which will accompany their letter of admission.

For more information on the obligatory health insurance and hospitalization plan, go to the of the Fédération des cégeps.

For citizens from one of these countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Romania or Sweden.

Because of an agreement between Quebec and these countries, you can participate in the Quebec Health Insurance Plan (RAMQ). You will need the following documents before you apply at the RAMQ office.

  1. Registration form SE401-Q-102  This form is not available on line and can be obtained only at an RAMQ office in Quebec. – IMPORTANT NOTE – BEFORE LEAVING YOUR COUNTRY – You must visit the social security office of your country to obtain proof of insurance or a certificate of affiliation with the health plan of your country.
  2. The Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies
  3. An attestation of full-time enrolment in  our College - IMPORTANT NOTE - You must apply through the person responsible for your international student file as soon as you know your Quebec address.
  4. Proof of your nationality (your passport)
  5. For further information, please refer to the Immigrants and Foreign or Student Workers section of the RAMQ

Once you have all your documents, visit the office of the Québec Health Insurance Plan (RAMQ) during office hours to register for health insurance. The office is located at 425 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West, on the 4th floor, office 401. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Students arriving in mid-August must make an appointment. They may do so on line, on the MIFI site.  

Can I work while I am studying? How do I obtain a work permit?



Full-time foreign students are allowed to work without a work permit on the campus of the institution at which they are enrolled. 


  • Students are registered for full-time studies at cégep;
  • They hold a valid study permit;
  • Students don’t need to have been enrolled in a diploma program, but must be registered for full-time studies;
  • Students cannot work more than 15 hours per week on campus.

Definition of “Campus Worker“:

  • A student may work for the institution or for a private company located on campus;
  • A student may work as a research assistant or teaching assistant within campus boundaries;
  • A student may be self-employed but must demonstrate that his or her work is limited to the campus.

For further information on the possibilities of working off-campus, please consult the Placement Service page offered at the cégep.

N.B.: The student will have to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Services Canada. 



Any paid employment, whether on or off-campus, with or without a work permit, requires a social insurance number (SIN). The principle is that if the student wants to be paid, he or she must provide the employer with a SIN.

A SIN issuance clinic is offered at the very start of the fall and winter terms. This takes place on both campuses, and the date is confirmed about one month before the start of the academic year. If you cannot make it to this clinic, please consult the Services Canada website for instructions on how to obtain a SIN number.  



If you have received income in Québec, remember that you will have to file your tax return between February 15 and April 30 annually. Business Administration students at the Longueuil campus offer free tax clinics to students whose income is less than $20,000 for the year. Please note that there is a provincial and federal tax return form, but both forms are generally processed together. For more information, you can visit these websites:

Revenu Québec for provincial income tax.

Canada Revenue Agency for federal income tax.


Steps to be taken upon arrival in Québec 

To open a bank account in Québec, you will need to make an appointment and bring certain documents including:

  • Your passport
  • Your study or work permit depending on your situation
  • Your letter of admission
  • Proof of a permanent address in Québec

You will need to make a minimum deposit at most financial institutions to open the account. Some financial institutions may also ask you for additional information.

Before opening your account, inquire about monthly plans available to students, as banks usually charge for most common transactions and make sure to check for the availability of ATMs near your home.

The main financial tool used in Québec is the debit card, also known as the INTERAC card. It is directly linked to your bank account. It will be convenient for you to withdraw money and perform your transactions in person in stores.  

The most widely used credit cards in Québec are VISA and MASTERCARD. These cards are not linked to your current bank account. However, it is difficult for a student with temporary resident status in Québec to obtain one here.

Unlike many European countries, personal cheques are seldom used other than to pay bills or rent. If you want to deposit a personal cheque upon arrival, be prepared because it might be frozen (withholding funds) for up to 30 days.

The best way to send or receive money is to use Interac e-transfers. They are usually free of charge and only ask for the recipient’s email or cell phone number.


Near Cégep Édouard-Montpetit: 

Caisse Desjardins

257, rue de Gentilly Ouest, Longueuil (Qc) J4H 1Z5

Téléphone : (450) 646-3605

Banque Royale

43, rue Saint-Charles Ouest, Longueuil (Qc) J4H 1C5

Téléphone : (450) 442-5634

Caisse Desjardins

85, rue Saint-Charles Ouest, Longueuil (Qc) J4H 1C5

Téléphone : (450) 646-9811

BMO Banque de Montréal

279, rue Saint-Charles Ouest, Longueuil (Qc) J4H 1E4


Near École Nationale d’Aérotechnique:

Caisse Desjardins

3253, chemin Chambly, Longueuil (Qc) J4L 4N5

Téléphone : (450) 468-7411

Banque TD (Groupe Financier)

2665, chemin Chambly, Longueuil (Qc) J4L 1M2

Téléphone : (450) 647-5243

Banque nationale

2877, chemin Chambly, Longueuil (Qc) J4L 1M8

Téléphone :(450) 670-4180

Banque Royale

2068, chemin Chambly, Longueuil (Qc) J4J 3Y7

Téléphone : (450) 442-5570

Caisse Desjardins

5045, boulevard Cousineau, Saint-Hubert (Qc) J3Y 3K7

Téléphone : (450) 443-0047

Trust General du Canada

5245, boulevard Cousineau, Saint-Hubert (Qc) J3Y 8N3



It is recommended that you take out home insurance to insure your personal property in the event of theft, fire, or other damage. Prices may vary depending on the type of building where you live, its area, the size of your home, and desired coverage.

Be aware that:

  • Some landlords will require the tenant to have home insurance and ask for proof.
  • Student discounts are often offered by companies.
  • It is recommended that you negotiate and obtain several quotes before making your choice or use the services of an insurance broker to do this research for you.
  • If you own a car or plan to buy one, companies offer discounts by combining both types of insurance.

Here is a partial list of the main insurance companies:

Bélair direct 

Desjardins Assurances 

Intact Assurance 

La Capitale, Assurances et services financiers 

SSQ Assurances générales 

TD Assurances 

Please consult an insurance broker who represents several insurance companies and will find the product that best meets your needs and give you all the discounts to which you are entitled: There is no charge when using their service.


It is very rare that Internet, cable, and phone coverage are included in housing costs, therefore, you will need to subscribe to these services. Few people still have a landline; most have replaced it with a cell phone.

You should also be aware that a television on its own is useless in Québec. You need at least a decoder to be able to receive the basic channels. If you want specialized stations, you will need to subscribe to a cable TV package, commonly known as a TV package.

There are a variety of companies offering telecommunications services and several of them are Internet, cable, and cell phone carriers. It’s worth shopping around for your needs since prices vary considerably.

Here is a partial list of suppliers:







Virgin mobile





Public mobile



Virgin Mobile

Cable Companies






Preparing for culture shock


Planning to study abroad is both a wonderful and a major challenge. The Cégep is attracting more and more international students and has established “la Boussole Interculturelle” (the International Compass) to support their adaptation to ethnocultural diversity. Please visit the Boussole page to learn more!

We also invite you to consult the following pages:

Capres article on culture shock facing international students (in french)

Université de Moncton’s International Adaptation Guide (in french)< 


Arriving in Montreal - Accueil Plus Service

The Accueil Plus service is for all new international students who are coming to study at a Quebec college or university. This service offers new students personalized assistance that will simplify their arrival at Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

In fact, the Accueil Plus Service can help facilitate your process with customs and immigration services as well as integration. Students who are registered and who must pick up their study permit and a Stage Coop work permit at the airport will spend less time waiting at the border. For these reasons, it is important to register at Accueil Plus and confirm your arrival date.

Reception staff, (students attending Quebec universities and cégeps,) will welcome you at the airport between the first week of August and the first week of September. They will be able to inform and guide you as soon as you arrive.

The Accueil Plus booth is usually located in the arrival hall for international flights and is open from 10:00 to midnight.

To be registred or to obtain more information about Accueil Plus Service, consult:

In addition, at the start of each term (fall and winter), we organize a welcoming activity for all new international students. You will receive an invitation to participate.

Finally, before your arrival, we invite you to consult the Student Guide.  You will find a wealth of useful information there, including how to use the Omnivox service and receive your class schedule. The Guide is an essential tool for your first weeks at ÉNA.



Visit the Hébergement (housing) page of our website for information on apartments or rooms to rent in the surrounding area.  

Please note that ÉNA is not responsible for finding accommodation for its students, regardless of their origin.

One of the most important things to do when arriving is to find suitable housing in the Montreal area, but ideally near ÉNA or Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, either in Longueuil or Saint-Hubert. If you plan to travel by public transportation, we suggest that you consult the Réseau de transport de Longueuil - RTL website in order to make a wise choice. You can also consult google maps and/or download the Chrono app.

It takes about a week to locate suitable accommodation and to visit the premises and sign a lease. Steps can be taken from abroad, but leases are usually signed in person. On average, it costs between $700 and $750 a month for a one-bedroom apartment (3½) “all inclusive,” meaning heating and electricity are included in the price. Everything can vary depending on the condition of the apartment, the neighbourhood and also whether the student wishes to live alone or in a shared apartment. For a slightly higher price, there are also “fully furnished” or “semi-furnished” apartments (stove, refrigerator, some furniture): you must ask questions to the owner/landlord to fully understand the inclusions/exclusions.

Did you know?

In Québec, apartments are classified by number of rooms rather than by surface area, ½ representing the bathroom! So:

  • Bedroom corresponds to a private room in a lodging where you have access to a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom that you share with other people
  • 1 ½ corresponds to a studio
  • 2 ½ corresponds to a bedroom, a living room, and a kitchen area
  • 3 ½ corresponds to a bedroom, a living room, and a kitchen area
  • 4 ½ corresponds to 2 bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen area
  • Etc.

The owner will offer you payment methods which are usually by cheque, bank transfer (Interac), or direct debit. The only payment method to be avoided is payment in cash. If this method is chosen, it will be necessary to keep payment records by having the owner sign a receipt.

The Cégep can help you find available accommodation. We invite you to contact Ms. Karine Bissonnette at 450 679-2631, extension 2323 or by email at mentioning the type of accommodation you are looking for as well as the targeted area.

The “Résidences privées Aéro” is located right beside École nationale d’aérotechnique. These residences are mainly occupied by ÉNA students but are also available to students from the Longueuil campus.

Here are some useful websites for finding accommodation. When prompted, choose the   Montérégie region. The nearby cities to choose from are Longueuil and Saint-Hubert:






Les pac



Tout montrÉal



It is also recommended that you explore the neighbourhoods where you want to live, on foot. Several owners advertise their accommodations by posting directly on the street.



By shared accommodation, we mean the sharing of accommodation with one or more other tenant(s). This practice is very widespread in Québec and allows you to share rental costs in addition to benefiting from the company of a “roommate.” Some of the above-mentioned Internet links offer the possibility of looking for shared accommodation.



Before renting or sharing accommodations, ask the landlord if the monthly price includes the costs of heating and/or electricity. With the winter weather we experience, these costs can prove to be major. It is also essential to ensure window insulation quality in your lodging because of its impact on your monthly costs.

You can request an estimate of these costs by consulting the Hydro-Québec website on the “Residential Cost Estimate” page.

Once your lease is signed, you can contact Hydro-Québec to becomea customer and have electricity connected to your new address.

Did you know?

  • In Québec, there are no additional costs associated with water consumption. However, water is a resource that needs to be protected and it is essential not to waste it.
  • Lowering the heat just a bit during the day when you are away can save you money on your electricity bill. To learn about other electricity-saving tips, visit the Hydro-Québec website.

A lease is a housing rental contract. You must absolutely sign one with your landlord in order to protect yourself. For more information about your rights and obligations, signing, renewing, or learning about how to break or assign your lease, please consult the Régie du logement du Québec website. 



If you move or change your address during your training, a number of factors must be considered. You must inform the Québec and Canadian governments of your change of address.

Consult the Québec government website for this purpose and don’t forget to change your address in your school file through the Omnivox portal.



In Québec, it is very common to use classified ads, specialized stores, or bazaars to find very good quality second-hand furniture. Here are some ideas:



L’ENTRAIDE CHEZ NOUS : 155, rue Brodeur, Longueuil, 450-468-1726

LA CROISÉE DE LONGUEUIL : 1230, rue Green, Longueuil, 450-677-8918




Online ads:



Les Pacs

PVTISTES – often complete sets (furniture, dishes, bedding, etc.)


If you prefer to buy new furniture, there are several stores nearby:








Plan for appropriate clothing
Winter clothing

One of the characteristics of Quebec's climate is that the seasons are quite different. The temperatures can be higher than 30°C in the summer and go down below -25°C in the winter.

The winter season lasts from about mid-November to the end of March. You should buy appropriate winter clothing (a coat, boots, a hat, mittens etc) to protect yourself from the cold.

You can buy winter clothing in any large department store such as Walmart and La Baie, or at any outdoor sports store such as Sports Experts, Atmosphère, La Cordée, Décathlon or Sail.

Average monthly temperatures in Quebec and Montreal 


Public Transit System


The best way to get around in the greater Montreal region is without a doubt public transportation. The Montreal transit system, le STM (Société de transport de Montréal), has a bus and subway system, or metro that covers the Island of Montreal, and the Longueuil Transit System, la RTL (Réseau de transport de Longueuil), has a bus network that allows passengers to get from Longueuil to St-Hubert easily. EXO is a network of trains and buses that serve the north shore, the south shore, and the Island of Montreal. Apps make it possible to determine the best routes using public transportation by combining all networks: Google mapsChrono, etc.


Students can buy monthly passes, available at a special student rate, that will give them unlimited access to public transit. To do this, a student must get an OPUS card by showing proof of residence in Quebec and an identification card that shows he is younger than 25.


Taking a taxi in and around Montréal is safe. It is a widely used means of transportation by students to return home in the early morning after the metro (subway) closes.


A student with a valid study permit can drive with his/her driver’s license if it is written in French or English. Otherwise, it is recommended to have this document translated or to obtain an international driver’s license. For further information on the use of foreign driver’s licenses, please consult the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec.

Tips and Taxes


The tip is never included in bar and restaurant bills. A tip of approximately 15% of the bill (before taxes) is generally considered acceptable. You will also notice that the prices displayed in stores do not include taxes. You must add the GST (federal tax of 5%) and then the TVQ (Quebec provincial sales tax of 9.975%) to the sub-total.

Finally, although tipping is always at your discretion, here are some recommendations featured in the article: Le Guide définitif du pourboire. (The Definitive Tipping Guide - in french)


For more information on life in Quebec


Ministère de l’immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion : Daily Life

I choose Montréal : With its Je choisis Montréal project, Montréal International offers activities to international students in Greater Montreal that are related to Living in Montreal Montréal and Working in Montréal.

Aide juridique: Legal aid is a public legal service offered free of charge or for a contribution, to financially eligible individuals who request it. 


Nearby Tourist Attractions


Because ÉNA is situated in the greater Montreal region, it is close to several tourist attractions as well as different festivals that take place throughout the year. Here are some of the tourist attractions in the Montreal region and on the South Shore of Montreal:

La Ronde (amusement park)

Montreal Science Centre and IMAX

Montreal's Old Port

Montreal's Olympic Stadium and its tower

Montreal Insectarium

Montreal's botanical jardins

Montreal Biodôme

Mount Royal

Centre Bell (for shows and Montreal Canadians' hockey games)

Saputo Stadium (for Montreal Impact' foot games)

Laval Cosmodôme

Parc national des Îles de Boucherville (park for picnics, cycling, walking, etc.)

Parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno (hiking, snow-shoeing, cycling)

For other suggestions:

Montérégie Tourist Region

Montréal Tourist Region


costs and scholarships

Planning your budget


Plan a sufficient budget

You will find relevant information by consulting the website exclusively reserved for international students of the Fédération des cégeps.

The following sample budget, in Canadian dollars, is based on the lifestyle of an average student. The amounts may be higher or lower in reality, according to the individual. Note that, in order to issue a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies, the government of Quebec requires proof of financial resources to cover living expenses during the complete stay, in the amount of $12 062 per person per year.

The amounts below indicate the financial resources necessary for the first year of studies in Quebec, for a period of twelve months.

  • Application to the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM): $85
  • Application for the Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies$116
  • Application for a Temporary Resident Permit for Canada: $150
  • Obligatory health and hospitalization insurance: $936
  • Tuition fees: $17,862 (This amount is subject to change annually and does not cover the additional course fees for Continuing Education, if applicable.)
  • Related fees (can vary): $420
  • Books and academic material (vary according to program): $500-$1,000
  • Housing (according to the minimum monthly rate of a shared apartment): $4,200
  • Food at a cost of $70 per week: $3,640
  • Winter clothes (can vary depending on needs): $1,000
  • Transportation: $1,380
  • Miscellaneous (laundry, telephone, Internet, furniture etc.): $700
  • Social and sports activities (cinema, museums, outings, etc.): $1,500
  • Biometric data collection:$85

Typical budget: $30,469 to $30,969



Bursaries and Financial Aid


You Might Be Eligible for a Bursary

Check to see if you are eligible for financial aid. You should inquire at the Ministry of Education of your country about the possibility of a bursary. You can also consult the Canadian Embassy in your country.


Program of the exemptions of additional rights of schooling for Colleges foreigner students

The Ministère de l'Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, attributed annualy to college network a quota of 235 exemptions of due additional right of schooling  for the foreign students.

The objective of the program:

This program aims to increase the number of foreign students registered in a technical program to obtain the Diploma of College Studies (DCS).

Some exemptions are intended for students, stemming from any country where apply the additional rights of schooling, full-time subscribers in a program leading to technical diploma. To be eligible to the exemption, the student must satisfy all the requirements allowing him(her) to obtain DCS in the term of his stay of studies in Quebec.

However, the eligibility of the student for an exemption of additional rights of schooling is not based on the duration of his stay in Quebec, but on the satisfaction of all the requirements relative to the obtaining of DCS.  The student can benefit from an exemption for period 3-year-old subordinate, in as much as he aims at the obtaining of DCS at the end of his stay.

Further Information:

A student can possibly benefit from an exemption for the normal duration of a technical program, three years. The exemption is maintained during the duration of its program, the student has to obtain results demonstrating his success at school.

The profitable student of the exemption has to pay all the other expenses such as they are applied to Quebec students as well as the fees of the collective regime of health insurance and hospitalization of the international students of colleges.

The goal of this measure is to increase the number of foreign students in the college network. Fédération des cégeps, fiduciary manager of the program, will privilege the students recently admitted during the attribution of the exemptions.

Please note: French students are not eligible for the loans and bursaries program that Quebec students can access.

Other Resources

For other financial aid resources, consult the Student Guide.

Several Montérégie and Greater Montréal organizations also offer various types of financial aid.


Payment and Tuition Fees


International students must pay $17,862 for the school year, and purchase health insurance. These fees cover school year to come and may be modified from one year to another by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

Please note that an agreement between France and Quebec allows French students to have a Quebec health insurance (RAMQ) card for the duration of their stay here as well as an exemption from tuition fees during their stay here. However, they must provide a valid Quebec College Acceptance Certificate (CAQ), a study permit, a co-op placement work permit, and proof of insurance.

Tuition fees must be paid by bank transfer by the deadline indicated on your account statement in the “Centre de paiement” (Payment Centre) section on Omnivox. 

For more information, please contact:



Contact us 

For the past three years, ÉNA has attracted a growing student clientele from outside the province and abroad in its 3 three-year technical programs (DCS) or College Studies Attestation (CSA) for adults in career change.

In the fall of 2020, we will be very proactive through our many virtual activities to also reach these students from across Canada and around the world. 

Follow us on the ÉNA page in virtual mode.


5555, rue de l'ÉNA

Saint-Hubert (Québec)  

J3Y 8Y9

Téléphone :  450 678-3561

Télécopieur :  450 678-3240