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Exemptions from differential tuition fees under international agreements

An exemption from differential tuition fees may be granted to students from France, the French Community of Belgium (FCB), or any country or international organization that has signed a student mobility agreement.

French students

Under a student mobility agreement between the Québec and French governments, French university students in Cycle One (Bachelor’s) are eligible to pay the same fees as Canadians who are non-residents of Québec. French students enrolled in a Cycle Two or Three university program (Master’s and Ph.D.) or in technical or vocational training are eligible to pay the same fees as Québec residents. 

Eligibility 

To take advantage of these rates, students must have a valid French passport as well as a study permit that meets Canadian immigration regulations. They must also obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate. 

Students with dual Canadian/French citizenship are not eligible for this exemption. 

Francophone Belgian students

Under a student mobility agreement between the Québec government and the government of the French Community of Belgium, qualifying Belgian university students in Cycle One (Bachelor’s) are eligible to pay the same fees as Canadians who are non-residents of Québec. Belgian students enrolled in a Cycle Two or Three university program (Master’s and Doctorate) are eligible to pay the same fees as Québec residents. 

Eligibility 

To take advantage of these tuition rates, students must have a valid Belgian passport as well as a study permit that meets Canadian immigration regulations. They must also obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate.  

In addition, they must fulfill one of the following conditions: 

  • Be identified as a francophone Belgian on their identity card and provide a copy thereof 
  • Have a Certificate of Upper Secondary Education (CESS) or a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an institution that provides compulsory education or an institution of higher learning, organized or subsidized by the French Community of Belgium. 

Students with dual Canadian/Belgian citizenship are not eligible for this exemption. 

Students in other categories 

You could be eligible for an exemption from differential tuition fees if your home country or international organization has signed a student mobility agreement (PDF 258 Kb) (in French only).  

Eligibility 

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or to a Ph.D. They must also have a study permit that meets Canadian immigration regulations and obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate.  

Process 

  1. Contact the person responsible for managing exemptions in your home country or international organization (PDF 340 Kb) to learn about the selection criteria. 
  2. Apply to a Québec university. 
  3. Once admitted to a university program leading to a degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s Ph.D.), provide the person responsible for managing exemptions with your letter of admission (conditional or confirmed) or a recent proof of enrolment at the university and a duly completed and signed Application form for an exemption from differential tuition fees (Appendix II) (PDF 495 Kb) (handwritten signature required). 
  4. The person responsible for managing exemptions will inform you of whether your application has been accepted or refused and, where appropriate, of the recommendation regarding your application. 

Last update: December 2, 2021

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