Exemptions from foreign student differential tuition fees

This exemption ensures that selected international students are not required to pay the differential tuition fees usually required of foreign students in Québec. This measure allows students to benefit from the same tuition rates as Québec students who pursue vocational training, technical training at the college level, or studies at the university level.

Eligible candidates

To be eligible for exemption from the differential tuition fees, students must meet one of the following conditions:

  • be exempt as part of the exemption quotas, managed by Éducation internationale Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. for vocational training students, and by the Fédération des cégeps Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. (public colleges) and the Association des collèges privés du Québec (ACPQ) (private colleges) for technical training students
  • be a recipient of a Québec Merit Scholarship
  • be a university student from a country or international organization that has a signed agreement to this effect with the Québec government 
  • be enrolled in French Language and Literature or Québec Studies courses and be a full-time student in a degree program (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral)
  • be a person holding diplomatic status, or a spouse or child of that person
  • be a staff member of an international governmental or non-governmental organization in Québec
  • be a national of France or the French Community of Belgium covered by a signed agreement with the Québec government [available in French only] that grants special provisions 
  • be a refugee, protected person, person to be protected, or holder of a Québec Selection Certificate (QSC)
  • be a spouse or child of certain temporary workers
  • be a person who is authorized to apply for permanent residency in Canada and holds a Québec Selection Certificate (QSC)