Why I'm coming to Canada:
I'm currently a fourth year undergraduate engineering student holding an Indian passport. I've been accepted for a 6-month thesis at Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec. The thesis is an academic requirement of my university, and comprises the last semester of my undergraduate studies. My university requires me to do a thesis for at least 4 months, although preferably 5 to 5-1/2 months to get the most out of my thesis. My university has no tie ups with any Canadian universities.
What benefits I'm being offered:
My offer letter states that I will be provided a 5000$ allowance for flight tickets and accommodation (which I will have to arrange myself), and the possibility of a 3000$ scholarship, based on my performance during the first 3 months.
What I've looked at so far:
At present, I'm confused about whether I will require a work visa, a study permit, or neither. Since I'm not getting a stipend per se, as far as I can tell, I will not require a work visa, but I'm not very sure. Also, as per the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website, it seems that a study permit will not be required for a short-term course (6 months or less). Does this mean that I require neither visa? If I require neither, then what type of visa would I require?