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Quebec allows int’l students to study from abroad

Quebec’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES) “is ready to allow” international students who were forced to remain in their home country due to Covid-19 restrictions to begin their studies remotely this fall, according to local media.

Quebec has the third-largest international student population in Canada after Ontario and British Columbia.Photo: Pexels

"These students contribute to the richness and value of the university experience"

Previously, international students had to reside in Quebec in order to be allowed to study in the province, which has the third-largest international student population in Canada after Ontario and British Columbia.

“‘[International students] also allow Quebecers to benefit from certain programs”

In recent weeks, however, colleges and universities in Quebec have expressed concerns to the government regarding funding and fears that international students might choose another destination if clarity wasn’t provided on September academic registration.

Due to the pandemic and border closures, it was also feared that certain study programs in the province would be threatened.

“The financial vitality of many cégeps is at stake,” warned Bernard Tremblay, the president of the Fédération des cégeps, which welcomed nearly 4,500 international students last year.

“‘[International students] also allow Quebecers to benefit from certain programs. Without these foreign students, there could be cohorts that disappear.”

“These students contribute to the richness and value of the university experience,” added Pierre Cossette, the rector of the University of Sherbrooke.

According to Radio-Canada, however, the Quebec government has “heard the message”.

“[The government] is currently working with institutions to determine possible funding measures,” explained MEES spokesperson, Bryan Saint-Louis.

At the end of April, Quebec extended the Quebec Acceptance Certificate, which are issued to international students in order to obtain a study permit, until the end of the year.

The CAQ and the study permit will be compulsory for these students when pursuing the study program in person in Quebec, nevertheless, pointed out the MEES spokesperson.

“Those international students who want to opt for distance learning as a first step, will, therefore, have to start their immigration procedures as soon as possible in order to be ready to come to Quebec as soon as the situation allows,” he added.

Tuition fees for international students and the cost of living in Quebec are among the lowest in North America.

Certain candidates – such as those enrolled in French language and literature or Quebec studies on full-time degree programs – are eligible for exemption from differential tuition fees that are usually required of international students in Quebec.

This measure allows students to benefit from the same tuition rates as Quebec students who pursue vocational training, technical training at the college level, or studies at university level.

Canada recently announced a significant reform to provide post-graduate work permit flexibility for international students by allowing them to study online while overseas and still be eligible to apply for the work permit after graduation.

Earlier this week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said it would accept applications for study permits and PGWP even if some documents are missing.

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3 Responses to Quebec allows int’l students to study from abroad

  1. If the universities are allowing online education to international student than the fees for the course should be reduced accordingly.The same should be applicable to all international students who are already Pershing their studies at Qubecc or elsewhere in Canada.Students have paid for lab. Charges but due to Covid-19 labs are closed.Lab charges whatever it may be should be refunded to the students

  2. Is Quebec universities still receiving new internat student for September? Is it possible to apply for visa for September courses ?

  3. Hi ,
    I am an international student from India.
    I got admission in CEGEP college, Montreal, Quebec for may 2020 but deferred to September 2020 due to covid-19.
    All Quebec colleges are providing support letter to their students but only our college is not providing support letter.
    We paid fees not for online classes so we requested for support letter to enter Canada and we also have all documents which are required except support letter.
    We are more than 40 Indian students who got admission in CEGEP and requested for support letter but they do not listen our voice.

    Can you please help us out from this situation by posting our problems.

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