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Welcoming and Bridging

As a new student at INRS, whether you are from Quebec or abroad, you will be welcomed upon your arrival to facilitate your integration at INRS.

In addition, you will be offered many services and support aimed at your academic success as well as your mental and physical health. Welcome to INRS!

Welcome guides: discovering your training environment step by step

Our welcome guides for students beginning their training at INRS contain everything you need to know to properly familiarize yourself with your new researching, training and living environment. Each guide includes a lot of general information about all campuses as well as some more specific information about a particular center. Welcome to INRS!

Practical information for students admitted to INRS for the Winter 2024 session.

Revised and updated each academic year, the Welcome Guides include a great deal of general information about all campuses as well as some more center-specific information. The 2022-2023 guides are available in digital format only (PDF).


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Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre

Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre

Guide du Centre Urbanisation Culture Société (PDF)

Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre

Immigrating to study

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Moving to Quebec

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To do in your first term

Here are the steps to take as soon as you arrive in order to start your academic career and facilitate your integration at INRS.

For more information, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Student Life (Bureau des bourses et de la vie étudiant) at

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Contact the student records contact person. Make sure you provide all required documents (CAQ, study permit, etc.)

2. Register

It is important to register as soon as possible. Registration is done through the IDÉ academic portal.

For international students not covered by the RAMQ, registration also activates your membership in the group health and hospitalization insurance plan. Students who are covered by the RAMQ must send a copy of their card to the Registrar’s Office.

3. Get in touch with your mentor

A few weeks before the start of the term, you will be put in touch with a fellow student who knows INRS well: this person will be your mentor! You will meet this person at the beginning of the term. Mentors are matched a few times during the two months prior to the start of the term. Students arriving from abroad must have their study permit approved prior to the match. Learn more about the Student Mentoring Program.

4. Orientation day and information session

In the fall, all new INRS registrants are invited to a welcome day. The invitation is sent by email. Orientation day is important to help you start your university career at INRS on the right foot.

Welcome documentation

5. Request your email address

Instructions on how to activate it will be emailed to your personal email address or given to you when you arrive. As soon as you register, go to IDÉ and click on your name to access your profile page and select the INRS address as the default address. Otherwise, you may not receive important emails in your inbox.

Spam emails are usually blocked. You will receive a report when this happens. Follow the instructions to spot legitimate emails and report malicious ones.

If you need help setting up your inbox on your mobile device or computer, please contact the IT team Service des ressources informationnationnelles).

Your place of study

Access to the building, parking, dining area, student spaces, access card: familiarize yourself with your research centre, your new study and living environment, by taking note of a number of useful daily information.

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Bienvenue. Welcome. Hoan ghênh. Willkommen. As a student at INRS, you will be rub shoulders with people from over 50 countries, allowing you to continue speaking your language.

English is widely spoken in the more cosmopolitan populated cities such as Montreal and Laval, where INRS has two research and training centers. However, understanding and speaking French, the official language of Quebec, will allow you to expand your social network and make the most of your study stay in our beautiful province.

Have questions? Please contact us!