Education in Quebec City

Not only does Quebec have an excellent education system, but the province also has some of the highest school attendance and graduation rates within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) program.    

As far as scholastic achievement, Quebec has one of the highest secondary school graduation rates in Canada and around the globe. Some of Quebec's post-secondary organizations are internationally recognized, while some are affiliated with accomplished research centers. The Quebec government links huge importance to education and makes significant investments in the sector, much more than in other Canadian areas.

  • There are many reasons why students choose Quebec for their studies including Degrees and Diplomas are internationally recognized
  • Tuition fees are among the lowest in Canada
  • The infrastructure is top-class
  • A wide variety of programs are offered
  • The atmosphere is challenging and safe

The Education System

School is absolutely compulsory for all children aged 6-16. Primary and secondary education is free of charge, as most schools in Canada are government-funded.

Higher education in Quebec is rather different from the education system of other provinces in Canada. Rather than entering college or university straight after high school, students in Quebec leave secondary school after Grade 11 and enter post-secondary studies at the college level, as a prerequisite to university. Though both public colleges and colleges exist, both are informally termed CEGEPs. This level of post-secondary education permits students to pick either a vocational path or more of a scholastic path. 


One of the rare components of Quebec's education system is the network of junior colleges (CEGEPs) serving as an extension between secondary and university-level studies. College-level education is offered in the public system by means of a network of general and professional universities (collèges d'enseignement général et professionnel/CEGEPs). In the private sector, an assortment of universities, institutes, and conservatories additionally offer college-level training. If you decide on college-level training you have these two options; complete a two-year pre-university program leading to university studies, or complete a three-year technical studies program leading to the labor market. You can also obtain a college studies attestation upon completion of a technical training program leading to the labour market.  

Vocational Education

Recently, the province of Quebec has seen growth in interest for workers in different fields, especially the specialized vocational trades. You can meet demand by pursuing vocational training, and the salaries are well worth it. A sum of 170 vocational training projects is offered in 21 distinct fields. These programs prepare graduates to work in specific or semi-specialized trades. In specific cases, holders of a vocational studies diploma (diplôme d'études professionnelles/DEP) can pursue studies at the college level. Vocational training leads to one of these diplomas: the vocational studies diploma (diplôme d'études professionnelles/DEP), the professional specialization attestation (authentication de spécialisation professionnelle/ASP) or the professional preparing validation (confirmation de development professionnelle/AFP).   

University of Montreal

The Universite de Montreal (UdeM) is a public research university in Montreal, Quebec. The institution comprises thirteen facilities, more than sixty departments, and two affiliated schools, the Ecole Polytechnique (School of Engineering) and HEC Montreal (School of Business). These schools offer more than 650 undergraduate and graduate programs, including 71 doctoral programs. If you want to enroll in an undergraduate program, you will need to take UdeM’s French admissions test. Faculties at UdeM include Health Science, Social Science, Information Technology and Communication, Pure and Applied Science, and Theology and Religious Science. More than 55 000 students enroll each year for undergraduate and graduate programs, making it the second-largest university in Canada in terms of student enrolment The Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2014-2015 ranks the Universite de Montreal at 113th place globally.

Around the university, you will find Old Montreal which is a remarkable concentration on buildings, dating back from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The district has the delightful feel of a Parisian-style quarter with cafes and restaurants, offering the perfect hang-out spots once the class has ended. Old Montreal sits between the waterfront and the business hub. 

If you wish to pursue studies in Quebec make sure you have an admission letter from a recognized educational institution, a Quebec acceptance certificate for your program of studies issued by the Quebec government, and a study permit issued by the Canadian government.