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Everything You Need to Know About Quebec Student Visa Requirements

There are a lot of great advantages to choosing to study in Québec. It’s home to ten fantastic universities, dozens of colleges (CÉGEP), and hundreds of other great schools. Studying in Québec gives you the option to study in English, French, or both, and earn an internationally respected education.

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As the only French province in Canada, Québec has a distinct cultural identity that offers international students a unique experience. However, Québec student visa requirements are a little different from the rest of Canada.

NOTE: You do not need a CAQ or a study permit if you intend to study a program that is less than 6 months in duration.


If you want to study in Québec as an international student, you have to go through a slightly different process from other provinces.


As with the rest of Canada, the first step is to be accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in the province.

NOTE: Not all programs offered at DLIs make you eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) or permanent residence. If you intend to stay in Canada after graduation, make sure that the program you’ve been accepted into qualifies.

In general, to be accepted into a Québec school, you have to meet certain educational and language requirements. However, the exact requirements will depend on the program you are applying to.


Sometimes called a Québec study visa, a certificat d’acceptation du Québec (Quebec Acceptance Certificate – CAQ) is a document issued by the Ministère d’immigration, de diversité, et d’inclusion (Ministry for Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion – MIDI) of Québec. This document attests that Québec has accepted you as an international student, and is required before you can apply for a study permit if your program of study is in Québec.


To be eligible to apply for a CAQ, you need to meet the following requirements.

  1. Be accepted into a Québec designated learning institution;
  2. Pay the fees associated with a CAQ application;
  3. Agree to comply with the conditions for issuing a CAQ for studies; and
  4. Meet financial capacity requirements.


You must agree to comply with the conditions for issuing a CAQ for studies, such as receiving instruction for the program or level of study indicated in your application.

You must also agree to make studies your principal activity in Canada, and maintain, for yourself and any accompanying family, health insurance for the entire time you are in Canada.


You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees, transportation costs, and living expenses. For 2017, these amounts, not including tuition fees, are estimated at:

  • For one person under age 18: $6,171
  • For one person age 18 or older: $12,341
  • For two persons age 18 or older: $18,098
  • For one person over age 18 and one under age 18: $16,584
  • For two persons over age 18 and one under age 18: $20,274
  • For two persons over age 18 and two under age 18: $21,881

You have to provide proof that you have sufficient funds to study in Québec, but you do not need to spend this money.

The financial requirement can be intimidating for many prospective students. Keep in mind that you don’t need to pay this money to study in Québec, you just need to demonstrate to MIDI that you have enough money to support yourself, and any accompanying family members, in Québec.

NOTE: International students are also able to work up to 20 hours per week (and up to 40 hours per week during regular breaks) to help support themselves. If your spouse is accompanying you, they may also be eligible to apply for a spousal open work permit, to help offset the cost of living in Quebec.


Once you have a CAQ, you have to apply for a study permit from the Government of Canada. Upon receiving your study permit, you’re ready to start studying in Canada!

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