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  • Primary and Secondary School

    In Quebec, compulsory education starts with primary school (preschool is not required), which is made up of six years of study, followed by secondary school (high school), which is five years long. The diploma granted after successful completion of high school is the Secondary School Diploma (SSD). It allows a student to access college-level education.

    There is another course of study available at the high school level in Quebec: professional training. This leads directly to the job market.

  • Post-Secondary Education: cégep

    Cégeps primarily offer two types of education:

    • Technical programs last three years (six terms) and allow graduates to enter the job market. Most technical programs include practical internships in a workplace; oftentimes, these are paid internships. If a student wishes, they can continue their studies at a university level after this type of education.
    • Pre-university programs last two years (four semesters) and lead students to university studies. Pre-university programs can be an interesting alternative for international candidates who currently lack the necessary prerequisites to reach university, but who would like to do their university studies in Canada.

    After completing either type of cégep program, students obtain a Diploma of College Studies (DCS or DEC from the French Diplôme d’études collégiales), which is a government-sanctioned degree.

    • There is also a third type of cégep program: a short-duration program that leads to an Attestation of Collegial Studies (ACS or AEC from the French Attestation d’études collégiales). More details on the ACS.
  • Post-Secondary Education: University

    In Canada, university studies are divided into three levels:

    • Bachelor’s (not to be confused with the baccalauréat in France). A bachelor’s degree is the equivalent of the French license.
    • Master’s
    • Doctorate