Quebec Releases New Updates On Additional Tuition Fees Exemption For International Students

Quebec has announced new updates regarding the additional tuition fees imposed on foreign students enrolled in Quebec universities. These measures are expected to be implemented starting September 2023.

It is worth mentioning that Montreal will be excluded from these new updates. The foreign students who are enrolled essentially in a college or university placed outside the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal will be exempted from the additional tuition fees.

Also, they will have to accomplish a program of studies in French that meets the employment sector criteria specified by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.

These programs of study include:

  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Educational Childcare services
  • Health & Social Services
  • Engineering

In order to be eligible for this exemption, foreign students who fulfill the criteria will be paying the same tuition fees as students of Quebec. The conditions are as follows:

  • You must be a student enrolled in a college or university.
  • You must be enrolled in one of the above-mentioned programs of studies identified by the government of Quebec in French.
  • You must be learning and residing in Quebec except for the territory of Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.

This exemption will be available for some higher educational institutions & programs.

What are the eligible institution & program names list:

Each educational institution will identify some study programs to be eligible for this exemption. The below-mentioned eligible universities should manage the exemptions and the process of candidate selection. These universities are:

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (French only)
Université Laval
Université du Québec en Outaouais
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Université de Sherbrooke
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (French only)

Public Colleges:

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
The list of public colleges which are eligible in French only includes:

Cégep Garneau
Cégep de Drummondville
Cégep de Chicoutimi
Cégep Beauce-Appalaches
Cégep de Baie-Comeau
Collège d’Alma
Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Cégep de Lanaudière à Joliette
Cégep de Lévis 
Cégep de La Pocatière
Cégep Limoilou
Cégep de l’Outaouais
Cégep de Matane

Check the full list!

Private Colleges:
The eligible private colleges (in French only) are as follows:
Collège Bart
Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy
Collège Ellis
Collège Laflèche
Collège Mérici
Collège O’Sullivan de Québec inc
Séminaire de Sherbrooke

For more information and details, you can contact your university or college!

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