Study in Canada, Quebec
Quebec boasts a high quality of life. Students from different parts of the world are attracted to the province because of its excellent benefits. Each year, more than 50 000 international choose to study in Quebec.
So what makes Quebec the place you want to be?
First of all, it is Quebec’s education system, which stands out due to its many internationally recognized programs. In addition, post-secondary institutions across Quebec are equipped with high-tech laboratories, computer labs, sports facilities and performance halls. And tuition fees and the cost of living in Quebec are the most affordable in North America. No less is safety as Quebec is known as an inclusive and democratic society. The crime rate is one of the lowest in North America. So in many ways, it's worth to study in Quebec.
Every year, a large variety of cultural and international events—festivals, carnivals, art exhibitions, and sports events—take place all across Quebec.
Quebec’s main cities offer a unique mix of North American modernity and European charm.
There are impressive views as well as numerous lakes and rivers, a vast boreal forest, a majestic river; visitors can enjoy beautiful landscapes and engage in sporting and leisure activities that vary with the seasons.
International Students in Quebec
The first step towards becoming a foreign student in Quebec is choosing a study program and getting the admission letter from the designated learning institution of Quebec. Each post-secondary institution sets its own admission criteria and deadlines. So you’ll have to contact the institution to learn about these details. Quebec offers Merit Scholarships and exemptions from different tuition fees to foreign students enrolled in college or university.
Upon receiving the admission letter, all foreign students have to apply for an Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) if their study program lasts more than six months. With the admission letter from the university, you must go to the nearby Consular agency to apply for a study permit. You will have to provide certain documents, such as your fingerprints, proof of financial independence, etc. Go to the Study Permit page for more details.
When communicating with your educational institution, ask about health and hospitalization insurance coverage conditions. As a matter of fact, all foreign students must have insurance for the entire duration of their study in Quebec. Most foreign students need to pay for their insurance unless they are from a country that signed reciprocal social security agreements with Quebec. These agreements protect students under the Quebec health insurance system and they don’t need to pay for the insurance.
As a foreigner studying in Quebec, you can avail of online French courses. Ask the information center of your university to find out about registration. In addition, during your studies, you are allowed to work 20 hours per week and full-time during the summer period.
Merit Scholarship Programs in Quebec
The best international students at the vocational, college or university level in Quebec can apply for the merit scholarship programs. This way the province seeks to attract and retain young professionals who can significantly contribute to the local economy.
Vocational training students and technical training students at the college level applying for the scholarship must be full-time students. In particular, the institution gives priority to students from China, India, Japan, and the Americas. Students from French-speaking developing countries are also in the priority list, excluding France, because the country benefits from a distinct agreement with Quebec.
The Merit Scholarship for the full-time study program is $14,000. On top of that, scholarship students don’t need to pay other payable tuition fees, including health insurance fees.
The university students can be eligible for up to $35,000 of the scholarship, depending on whether they are pursuing doctoral, post-doctoral or short-term research.
Contact your university to apply for the scholarship.