One of the unique features of Quebec’s education system is the network of junior colleges (CEGEPs) serving as a bridge between secondary and university-level studies.
In the province of Quebec, college education follows secondary school (11 years of study after the 1st year of primary school) and is preceded by university. This is the first level of higher education. College education is provided by public or private colleges called Cégeps (collèges d’enseignement général et professionnel). Cégeps exist in the province of Quebec only.
There are three options for college education:
- Only programs of 6 months and longer are eligible for a study permit.
- Only programs of 8 months and longer are eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
- Level of French: minimum B2 (find out more)
- Required level of education: Quebec secondary 5 (11 years of studies after the 1st year of primary school) or have a level deemed sufficient by the college.
Average annual tuition, excluding related fees (study guides, equipment, and tools):
Public French-language Colleges (Cégeps)
Public English-language College (Cégep)
Private French-language Colleges
Private English-language College