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College course

Come and take a college course in Québec City 

You will be studying at a private or public college, also called a Cégep (general and vocational education college). The Cégep is a specific feature of the educational system in the province of Quebec and is an institution where the first level of higher education is provided (after high school and before university studies, for example). 

Important to know 


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College studies

Accessible: After secondary school (11 years of study from the first year of elementary school); 

Specifics: This is the first level of higher education. It is also the gateway to university studies; 

Institutions that offer college education: private or public colleges called Cégeps. 


College education offers three types of training 

Pre-university training 

Duration: 2 years; 

Targeted diploma: DEC (diplôme d’études collégiales): College diploma issued by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES); 

Objective: Access to undergraduate studies (university “first cycle”). 

Technical training 

Duration: 3 years; 

Targeted diploma: DEC (diplôme d’études collégiales): College diploma issued by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES). 

Objective: Enter the job market or access undergraduate studies (university “first cycle”). 

Continuing education 


Duration: Variable – from 6 to 18 months; 

Targeted diploma: AEC (attestation d’études collégiales): Attestation of collegial studies issued by the College/Cégep; 

Specifics: This training is different from one institution to another, as each program is made up of a set of courses specific to each institution and with technical characteristics aimed at immediate preparation for employment. These programs are specifically created to meet labour market needs; 

Objective: Enter the job market. 

Cost of registration for college studies

The following is an estimate of the average annual tuition, not including related fees (learning guide, equipment, tools, etc.): 

  • Students of French nationality: free of charge, in accordance with the agreement signed in 2001 between Quebec and France (except for private AECs); 

  • Non-French students: between $12,000 and $18,000 (CAD). 

Find studies that you are passionate about! 

There are, of course, the five main fields of study targeted by the Quebec government’s Opération main-d’œuvre:  

You can also find what you are looking for among the 20 or so other fields of study offered by one of the 14 colleges in Quebec: 

  • Administration, Commerce and Computers 

  • Agriculture and Fisheries 

  • Food Services and Tourism 

  • Arts 

  • Buildings and Public Works 

  • Woodworking and Furniture Making 

  • Chemistry and Biology 

  • Communications and Documentation 

  • Leatherwork, Textiles and Clothing 

  • Electrotechnology 

  • Motorized Equipment Maintenance 

  • Land Use Planning and Environment 

  • Mechanical Manufacturing 

  • Forestry and Pulp and Paper 

  • Maintenance Mechanics 

  • Metallurgical Technology 

  • Mining and Site Operations 

  • Beauty Care 

  • Transportation 

Institutions that offer college programs in the Québec City area and its surroundings: 


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