The city of Quebec is a culturally, linguistically and historically unique province in Canada. Majority of the population is French-speaking but not all colleges require students to speak French so don’t worry. Some of the most renowned institutions in Quebec are predominantly English in character. The province also offers study options for international students in a vibrant and energetic atmosphere. McGill University, Laval, Bishops, L’Universite de Montreal, Concordia, and the polytechnic colleges are all located in Quebec. The city of Montreal, which is Quebec’s metropolis, is home to 4 sizeable universities. It has the highest percentage of students in its population of any major North American city, except for Boston. Quebec is also home to one of the most affordable education systems in North America. Quebec offers international students a number of generous student aid programs. Students looking for English, French or bilingual education are in luck because Quebec offers study programs in both official languages. Something that one must take note of is that Quebec’s immigration and education programs are a little different to the rest of Canada. Choosing the right option will save you time, money and cause less stress. So once again, we encourage you to be prepared.

Post-Graduation Work Permit

Any international student should take advantage of post-graduation work permits because not many countries offer international students this opportunity. The permit may be issued upon completion of the study program and it is valid for the duration of the study program. It is valid for up to a maximum of 3 years. So if you studied for 2 years, you receive a work permit for 2 years, if you studied for 4 years then you qualify for a 3-year work permit. Students must be 18 years or over and be in possession of a valid study permit when applying.

Quebec Experience Class (PEQ)

A PEQ is a student-orientated pathway for international students to gain permanent residence in Canada. The program is dedicated to providing international students in Quebec the opportunity to build their lives and careers in Quebec. Here are a few examples of courses that will allow international students to qualify for a PEQ:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (university undergraduate)
  • Master’s Degree (and MBA’s)
  • Doctorate Degree
  • DEC-Diploma of college studies, technical training
  • DEP – Diploma Of Vocational Studies, lasting 1,800 hours of study
  • A DEP – Diploma Of Vocational Studies, followed by an ASP comprising a minimum of 1 800 hours of training and leading to a particular trade
Provinces like Quebec want international students to study in their province, live there, work there and enjoy the quality of life that so many Canadians enjoy every day. It is an opportunity that so few countries offer and it should be taken advantage of.