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Guide to studying in Quebec

Lively, multicultural and exciting, Quebec is an affordable province to study in!

Ever imagined living the French life without being in France? Well, Quebec does it for you! It gives you the French experience in a cosmopolitan English speaking country situated in North America. With all of its picturesque landscapes, cultural cacophony, quality of life and international exposure, it is one province that is bound to give you the best student experience you can imagine.  

Excellent quality of education, affordable tuition fee and living costs, shorter programs and the much popular Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) make Quebec a favourable destination amongst international students. 

  1. Tuition fee is the biggest concern for international students besides getting into a reputed university or college. Thankfully, institutions in Quebec offer affordable tuition fee, which often turn out to be more economical than other provinces in Canada.

  2. The overall cost of living in Quebec is said to be the lowest in Canada.

  3. You can choose from a wide range of programs delivered in English and French.

  4. The province is beautiful – you’re exposed to an utterly unfathomable confluence of the French and Canadian lifestyle. You experience the untouched natural beauty and the extraordinarily attractive French colonies along with the urban setup of modern architecture and multinational ways of working.

  5. The cultural scene in Quebec is extravagant – you’ll witness a variety of carnivals, fests, events, art exhibitions and more!

  6. Universities and colleges in Quebec are globally recognised and renowned for their education. In fact, two of the Group of 13 universities are located in Quebec namely for McGill University and Universite de Montreal. HEC Montreal, Concordia University and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal are some other distinguished educational establishments in the province.

  7. It is the only province to offer post-study rights to students from public as well as private institutions.

  8. The best part – unlike other provinces where bachelor degrees are for four years, Quebec offers bachelor degrees designed to be completed in 3 years.

The visa procedure for Quebec is a little different than the one followed by other provinces. the primary conditions to avail a student visa include:

  1. Securing admission in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Quebec. Remember, each institution has their own admission criteria, so choose wisely. 

  2. Acquiring a CAQ or Quebec Acceptance Certificate, which is a document issued by the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion – Quebec.  This document is an evidence that you’ve been accepted as an international student.  

  3. You will also have to provide with proof of your financial capacity. This implies that you have enough funds to pay your tuition fees and can manage your living expenses. 

Study permit, which can be applied for only once you’ve been granted a CAQ. 

Note: It is mandatory to have medical insurance during the entire duration of your program in Quebec, the charges for which vary as per the insurance provider.

Refer to the Canada Citizen and Immigration website to know more about the study permit process.

 

As an international student, it is best to connect with your institution to know the best available on-campus and off-campus accommodation options. In Quebec, you will find a variety of accommodation including: 

Dorms or townhouses

Off-campus accommodation

Falling under the category of student residences, dormitories are a great housing option on campus and accommodate large numbers of students at once. Townhouses are comparatively smaller, detached houses that accommodate typically three to six students in each.

This is a good option if you want to a single room or rent a place with your friends. These come in cheap and are easily available close to your own campus.

Homestays

Furnished/unfurnished apartments

Works well if you are living alone for the first time. Staying with a family is safe and affordable option, while you also get to experience Canadian hospitality and culture in a more personal manner.

You are still looking for a permanent place to stay, furnished or unfurnished apartments are a good option to look for a temporary basis.


Excited? Let’s help you reach you dream city! Visit your nearest IDP office and book a free counselling session. Our study abroad experts can help you find just your right fit!

 

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