The Université de Montréal is the largest French-language university in North America. It was founded in 1878 as a branch of the Université Laval and gained its autonomy in 1919. It has two affiliated schools, the École Polytechnique (its engineering school) and the École des Hautes études commerciales (its business school). The Université de Montréal also boasts campuses at Longueuil, Laval, Terrebonne, St Hyacinthe, and in the Mauricie region.
The Université de Montréal is an important research university and its many researchers are active in a broad variety of fields. The university is known for the quality of its degree programmes and includes fifteen faculties and schools, and over six hundred programmes at all levels.
The university wishes to be more open to First Nation communities. In April 2013, the university welcomed an official visit by Innus from the Tshakapesh Institute, and a Shaputuan, or traditional Innu encampment, was set up on the campus. As part of this event, a series of conferences, poetry readings, music, and traditional medicine workshops were held. The Shaputuan event will be held again in 2015.