By The Fab Studentpublished on March 07, 2022
Through its rich and diversified educational offer, Quebec has become a destination of choice for French and international students. More than 65,000 students from all over the world are currently pursuing their studies in Quebec. What are the main reasons for this enthusiasm? What are the assets and advantages of an experience in Quebec? Decryption.
1) The French love Quebec
While student mobility continues to increase year after year, Quebec is one of the most popular study destinations. According to the most recent data, the college and university education networks received more than 65,000 international students. Among them, many French! The latter are indeed omnipresent in higher education establishments in Quebec, particularly in certain institutions whose headquarters are in the regions, where they can represent up to 50% of international students. A presence that allows Quebec to clearly stand out from its American neighbors through the richness and uniqueness of its French-speaking culture.
2) An exceptional quality of life
Recognized for its diversity, its sense of hospitality and its openness to the world, Quebec offers above all an exceptional quality of life. This translates first of all into an accessible cost of living (among the lowest in Canada) and a safe living environment, not to mention good accessibility to health care. Choosing Quebec also means opting for the charm and effervescence of urban life combined with vast natural spaces. In addition to the authenticity of its modern European-style cities, Quebec, with an area three times larger than that of mainland France, boasts exceptional landscapes. What to offer, outside of class, many escapades to recharge your batteries in the Montmorency forest, explore the glacial valley of the Jacques-Cartier National Park, discover many lakes and rivers or even practice, season after season, a multitude of leisure activities in different national parks.
3) Preferential rates
Another advantage and not the least! Tuition fees for international students are among the lowest in North America. Since the agreement signed between the government of Quebec and that of France in terms of student mobility, French students at the undergraduate university level (bac) can indeed take advantage of the Canadian non-resident of Quebec rate. For their part, French students engaged in a master’s or doctorate as well as their counterparts in professional training or at the technical college level, have access to Quebec rates. To qualify, each student must hold a valid passport from the French Republic, as well as a study permit that complies with Canadian immigration regulations. Obtaining a Quebec acceptance certificate is also mandatory.
4) A quality university network
Equipped with ultra-modern infrastructures and state-of-the-art equipment, Quebec higher education institutions cultivate an excellent reputation on the international scene. World-renowned, the universities are distinguished first of all by the quality and diversity of their educational offer, which meets all the most advanced international standards. It must be said that the establishments offer a study climate conducive to the success and development of each student. Practical and interactive, the training particularly promotes cooperation and teamwork. Students have access to many services throughout their course, from libraries to orientation services and psychological support. Added to this is the great availability of teachers, the possibility of studying remotely, case studies, virtual simulations, internships and other immersions in companies. So many assets that allow students to prepare well for their entry into the job market.
5) Disciplines of excellence
In total, the Quebec university network is made up of 18 establishments, including 15 French-speaking and three English-speaking, spread over eight regions. The universities offer more than 3,000 training courses at different levels and a wide range of disciplines of excellence in teaching and research such as artificial intelligence, aeronautics and aerospace, materials and nanotechnology, life sciences , marine science, forest science, mining, aluminum, cybersecurity, biomedical engineering, environment and water, fine and visual arts, accounting, governance and finance, telecommunications and public administration. Finally, Quebec is among the world’s elite in the Program for International Assessment (PISA) of 15-year-old students in mathematics, reading and science.
6) High-level sports complexes
Quebec is also an attractive destination in terms of sports facilities. Many establishments have high-level sports complexes and teams. From American football to swimming, climbing, athletics, basketball, football or martial arts, there is something for everyone and all levels. Especially since the flexibility of the schedules makes it easy to combine leisure and studies! While some will opt for a yoga session between two practical works, others will prefer to mix sport and tradition by participating in a hockey match (the national sport) or a snowshoe hike. In short, there is no shortage of choice!
7) The possibility of a job during studies
International students attending a post-secondary educational institution in Quebec can work up to 20 hours per week during classes and full-time during school holidays. And this, without the need to apply for a work permit! In addition, the latter can be obtained to carry out internships as part of their studies or even be issued to the accompanying spouse of a student. Only conditions? Hold a valid study permit and be registered full-time in a professional, college or university training program. Many student jobs are regularly offered on or off campus. A way to make ends meet and enrich your CV.
8) French-speaking America
Choosing Quebec for your studies also means giving yourself the opportunity to practice two living languages. Although most programs are offered in French, Quebec’s secondary, college and university education networks include both French and English-speaking institutions. French remains the language most used on a daily basis in this beacon of the Francophonie in the heart of the Americas. Enough to live a most enriching socio-cultural experience by developing your vocabulary and language skills.
9) A culture broth
Plural and lively, Quebec’s cultural offering is particularly evident in the circus and performing arts, visual arts and cinema. Many festivals, carnivals and other large-scale artistic events take place every year across Quebec. A dynamism directly linked to the Aboriginal and European roots of this province, subtly married to a North American way of life. In Quebec, things are moving, winter and summer! A real sense of celebration, which is also reflected in the activities offered by the numerous student associations.
10) Settle for the long haul
After such an experience, why not extend the adventure? Under certain conditions, international graduates from a Quebec institution can apply for permanent immigration, in particular through the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), as it exists today. The latter can indeed apply for a post-graduation work permit to work full-time after their studies. Given the demographic context and the need for skilled labor in certain sectors of activity, international students are in fact leading candidates for permanent immigration to Québec. Not to mention their considerable contribution in terms of innovation, development of knowledge and diversity. An exciting prospect for those who wish to settle and live in Quebec for the long term.