The province of Quebec is among the highly desired places to study in Canada. Each year Quebec continues to attract students from around the world and the number of international students who would like to study in Quebec increases every year1. Many of those students come to learn English and French while others come to experience the culture in a different country. Students are attracted to the vast range of study programs Quebec offers. With these programs also come modern facilities, affordable tuition rates, inspiring living environment and the opportunity to immigrate to Canada through the Quebec Experience Program. Then there are others who come with the hope to obtain work experience and permanent residency.
Requirements for international students and study permits
Depending on the status of the students and their citizenship, they will need different documentation to study in Canada. In order to become an international student, one needs to obtain permission from the government of Quebec. Students who will be studying for a long-term (more than 6 months) must apply for a program of study that is offered by the school to obtain a letter of admission that covers a period of a year and a study permit. However, for students who will be studying for a short-term (less than 6 month), no study permit is required.
Canadian and Quebec governments will grant permits to international students to study only when they have been admitted to a program full time (12 credits per semester). The student should start by applying to the program and he needs to be accepted by a college or a university. Once a program accepts the student, he will be given an International Study Plan. This Study Plan outlines the sequence of courses that need to be taken. Students who intend to study in Quebec should obtain the Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ) and the Study Plan is necessary to apply for the CAQ and serves as a proof that you are a full-time student. Students should also show their financial capacity to pay the tuition fees, living expenses, and insurance during the study.
The Express Entry Program (EEP) is a new program for international students who have graduated from a Canadian school and are placed in a group with other workers and prospective immigrants. CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) then uses a standardized scheme to conclude which applicant will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. The ones who receive an Invitation to Apply may then complete the application process through one of the established immigration programs.
The advantages of studying in Quebec
There are vast advantages for international students who want to study in Quebec. Students can study from a range of French and English programs with fully equipped and modern facilities with high tech labs, sports facilities, computer labs, and auditoriums. Also, when it comes to cost of living and cost of tuition, Canada by far holds the lowest. International students also can obtain a permanent Canada immigration and citizenship. Canada study offers international students vast opportunities to a unique learning environment.
If you are planning to study in Quebec, we invited you to contact Stiverne Legal Firm that will help you with documents and legal advice.