Graduate studies in Quebec
University studies in Quebec are structured around three cycles:
the first cycle is called a bachelor’s degree and lasts between three and four years
The second cycle is a master’s degree that lasts one or two years.
The third cycle is called a doctorate and lasts three years or more.
These cycles can take place in universities, institutes or grandes écoles. Quebec degrees are internationally recognized and programs can be taken in French and English (and sometimes in both languages).
Like the United States, Canada invests heavily in research and provides its universities with state-of-the-art equipment. Canada is well known in the fields of social sciences, neurosciences and new technologies. Students are also immersed in a rich entrepreneurial universe typical of the North American start-up scene. Its excellence is recognized abroad. McGill University in Montreal ranks 27th in the QS World University Ranking of the best universities in the world.
An international student in old Montreal
How do I go about studying in Quebec?
Studying in Quebec is not an easy task. Let’s discover the different administrative steps to take before your departure and once you are here.
The steps to take to study in Quebec
Before starting your administrative procedures, it is important to choose your educational institution. You can find them on this interactive map. Once you have obtained your letter of admission, you must apply for a Québec acceptance certificate (CAQ). It is mandatory for any stay of more than 6 months and for all international students. The CAQ application can be done online. You will have to pay 117 Canadian dollars in fees and present :
a legible photocopy of the identity pages of your passport showing your personal information and the period of validity of the passport;
a letter of admission from the registrar’s office (or admissions office) of the educational institution you will be attending;
Proof of financial capacity
Proof that you will have health and hospitalization insurance in Quebec for the first year of validity of your CAQ for studies and that you will continue to have the necessary funds to cover the purchase of such insurance for the entire duration of your studies (students who will be attending university do not have to provide proof of insurance).
If you will be in Quebec for more than 6 months, you will also need to obtain a study permit. This must be applied for before you leave for Quebec. It costs 150 Canadian dollars. This study permit is not a visa and you will need to apply for a visa or an electronic travel authorization (ETA) to come to Canada.
The cost of studying in Quebec
French students could pay the same tuition fees as Quebec students until 2015. The current agreements have seen tuition fees increase. French students must now pay the same fees as students from the rest of Canada, which is about 9000 Canadian dollars for the year (about 6000 euros). Although the fees are higher, they are the least expensive for studies in North America.
How do I get a scholarship in Quebec?
In the case of an international exchange, French students can benefit from scholarships. This is notably the case with the Erasmus Plus program.
French students can also apply for scholarships for excellence in Quebec. In some cases, tuition fees may be waived.
What level of English is needed to study in Quebec?
Quebec universities offer programs that are entirely in French. However, some programs are in English and require a good level of English. You will need to check the level required for each program, but universities generally require a level of 6.5/9 for the IELTS or 90/120 for the TOEFL (iBt).
Student life in Quebec
Student life in Quebec is very rich and cities such as Montreal offer a very rich cultural life with many museums, bars, concert halls, etc. Some of the major schools and universities also offer American-style campuses and numerous student associations.
Where to study in Quebec?
The province of Quebec is three times the size of France. If the winters are very cold, the warmth of the local population will seduce you. But in which city should you study?