The Government of Tunisia offers 20 scholarships to Québec students. These scholarships allow students to follow intensive Arabic courses (summer scholarships) or a study program in a university in Tunisia (yearly scholarships).
Application deadline for the regular term: July 15
Application deadline for the Winter term: June 15
Application deadline for scholarships for intensive Arabic courses (summer): March 1st of each year
Scholarships are awarded for all programs of study offered in Tunisia.
They are awarded for the regular duration of the training program. The maximum duration is:
- one month for an intensive course in Arabic
- one year for a program of study
At the request of the Québec party, an extension of the scholarship may be granted for an additional year.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
- be a Québec resident according to the Regulation respecting the definition of resident in Québec and have your permanent residence in the province within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act and its Regulation respecting the application of the Health Insurance Act
- be attending university on a full-time basis at the time of preliminary selection of applications
- in the case of a program of study, be admitted to a public institution of higher education in Tunisia
Type of support
Scholarships for intensive Arabic courses (summer)
The summer scholarship includes:
- the coverage of training program costs
- lodging in a university residence (multiple occupancy)
- a monthly allowance for living expenses of 100 Tunisian dinars
The courses are offered at the Institut Bourguiba des Langues Vivantes, located in Tunisia. They are given in modern colloquial Arabic or Tunisian Arabic, depending on your choice.
Courses are held over a four-week period for four hours daily, except Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.
You must pay the following fees:
- airfare and in-country travel during excursions to cultural, historical and recreational centres (100-300 dinars for each excursion)
- textbooks (about 20 dinars)
- meal expenses (from 7 to 10 dinars per day in the Institute’s cafeteria and in nearby restaurants)
- transportation (from 1-8 dinars depending on the distance travelled)
For more information, available in French only, visit the Institut Bourguiba des Langues Vivantes website .
The annual scholarship allows you:
- to pay the same tuition fees as those levied on Tunisian students
- to benefit from university lodging and food services at subsidized rates reserved for Tunisian scholarship recipients
- to obtain a monthly allowance of 120 dinars for living expenses
Your application package must contain one copy of the following documents, in the following order:
- The formulaire d’inscription (registration form) (PDF 281 Kb).
- A letter of intent describing your study plan or research project in Tunisia.
- A certified copy of your postsecondary diplomas.
- Your résumé.
- An original copy of a certificate attesting to your knowledge of Arabic, if you are applying to a program devoted to the study of this language. Certificates completed by a language assistant will not be accepted.
- A copy of your act of birth certified by a Commissioner for Oaths. If you were not born in Canada, you must provide a proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residence, including roof of your status as a resident in Québec as defined in the Regulation respecting the definition of resident in Québec.
- Two confidential letters of recommendation, typed on the official letterhead of the educational institution from which they originate, and signed in ink. These letters must be sent by the signatories or by the educational institution directly to the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur.
- Official transcripts of your university studies.
You must gather your application documents into a single, compressed, encrypted and password-protected folder. Then send it to the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur at the following email address:
You must provide the Ministère with your password separately. This can be done using an email separate from the one containing the encrypted folder.
An evaluation committee examines the applications in accordance with the following criteria:
- previous educational experience
- relevance of the study plan or research project (expected spin-offs for the host and home communities, and for the applicant’s personal journey)
- motivation (e.g. interest in discovering the culture and learning the language of the host country)
- careful presentation of the application
The government offering the scholarships makes the final selection.
Last update: February 23, 2023