HOW TO STUDY IN QUEBEC AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
The Quebec study process can be broken up into three steps:
1. OBTAINING A LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE
In order to obtain a valid study permit, you will need to receive a letter of acceptance from your host institution. Study permits can only be issued to schools that are recognized as Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) by the federal government, meaning they are authorized to host international students.
Currently, all primary and secondary schools across Canada are DLIs, as well as most most colleges and universities. To see a list of all authorized DLIs in Quebec, click here.
2. APPLYING FOR A CAQ
Once you have received your acceptance letter, you can apply to the Quebec provincial government to obtain a Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec – CAQ (Quebec Acceptance Certificate). This immigration document acknowledges that the Quebec government has approved your application to study in the province as an international student.
The CAQ application requires that you fill out a form detailing the program and school you intend to study in, basic information about yourself, passport numbers, and other relevant credencials.
3. APPLYING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Lastly, like all other provinces and territories in Canada, you are then required to apply through the federal government to obtain your study permit. The federal government always makes the final decision for whether or not to issue a study permit, taking into account medical and criminal inadmissibility.
*While other provinces ask you to go through a similar process through the federal government, Quebec requires that it approves all potential candidates at the provincial level first before leaving the final decision to the federal government.
To see if you are eligible to study in Quebec or want to obtain your own CAQ, fill out this form.