Step 8 : Arrival

Reception at the Airport

All through the months of May to June, the Client Service at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles is in contact with international students intending to arrive to study in the fall. The Service's role is to inform them as clearly as possible concerning the various procedures and documents necessary before the students arrive at their respective campuses.

Usually, international students arrive at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport in Montreal (or at Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City). As soon as you get off the plane, you will be directed to the Canada Immigration office, where you must show your passport, your CAQ and your letter of Canadian Study Permit so that everything can be validated. You can only leave the airport once that step has been completed.

Group Reception for Eastern Cégeps

Group reception is a package including reception in Montreal, one night there (or two, according to arrival dates), and transportation to the Gaspé Peninsula (paid for by the Cégep). Coordination by Michel Hébert.

The Package Includes
  • Reception at the Montreal International Airport (according to arrival time);
  • Airport shuttle;
  • Accomodations at the Montreal Delta Hotel, quadruple occupation. The hotel is located downtown directly across from the Régie de l'Assurance-maladie du Québec (RAMQ) offices;
  • Breakfast the day you leave for Eastern Québec;
  • As the case may be, you can go to the RAMQ office to ask for the Québec health insurance card, the "sun" card;
  • Transportation by bus to the Lower St. Lawrence and to your college. A meal will be provided during the trip.

Students will be contacted directly by the person in charge of coordinating reception for the Eastern Québec institutions.

Individual Arrivals

You can also get to the Gaspé Peninsula on your own if your arrival date is not the same as the Group Reception's one. If that is the case, the people at your Cégep will help you choose the best way to get to your campus location.

Reception Plus at the Airport

The Reception Plus service is for new international students who are coming to study in a Québec university or college. From August 3rd to September 3rd, 2014, the service will offer new students individualized reception that will simplify their arrival at the Montreal Trudeau Airport.

The reception service was developed after consulting the travel plans gathered from previous students. The information is given to the different partners associated with the Reception Plus service in order to offer high quality reception services adapted to the new international student. Furthermore, the data will be used to facilitate the procedure and reduce wait time at the Canada Border Services Agency for students who must get a study permit on arriving at the Montreal Trudeau Airport, if that is their point of entry into Canada. For more information, please go to the Accueil Plus web site.

Important Arrival Documents

Make sure that you have all your papers on you: birth certificate, passport, CAQ, study permit letter, SE-401-Q-102 (if applicable), visa (if applicable), your transcripts (the ones sent to the SRACQ for your admission). All these papers will be required on your arrival at the Cégep.

On arriving at the campus

The first days will be taken up with presentations, visits and training. You will settle into your accomodations, meet your sponsor and the various Cégep workers (teachers, student services), you will tour the town and the region, participate in some training sessions, and you will be accompanied when going out to make your first purchases. We will make sure you have your health and hospitalization insurance, which is mandatory for everyone, and that you can open a bank account.


In order to make it easy for you to integrate during your first year of studies, we are offering you the opportunity to be sponsored by a member of the community. How does it work? It is simply twinning, which will allow you to meet new people, visit the region, have meals with a family... It's an experience that is very positive for participating students! I invite you to fill out the attached form so that we can find a sponsor who has interests in common with you!

Intercultural group

When you arrive, you can get involved in the intercultural group, whose members include both international and Québec students. Under the direction of the Social Work Department, the group organises projects to promote intercultural, democratic and community involvement.

To contact the intercultural group

Louise Francoeur
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