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International Students

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There are two components for the tuition fees of international students:

  • General tuition applicable to Québec student
  • The tuition fee supplement required by Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, in accordance with the Politique relative aux droits de scolarité exigés des étudiants étrangers par les universités du Québec (Québec University Tuition Policy for International Students

Mandatory health and hospital insurance

Under Québec and Canadian immigration law, non-Canadian students must have valid health and hospital insurance for the duration of their stay in Canada. Université Laval and a number of other Québec universities have negotiated a compulsory group health and hospital insurance plan for these students.

As soon as they register, international students are automatically covered by the compulsory health and hospital insurance plan. The plan cannot be replaced by any other insurance plan.

Fees and exemption categories are available on the Health and Hospital Insurance page.

Tuition and fees

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Supplemental tuition fee exemption programs

Students who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents are subject to the policy on tuition fees for international students attending university in Québec (in French only) set by the province’s ministry of higher education, Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur.

The government has a number of supplemental tuition fee exemption programs that make it possible for international students to pay the same tuition fees as Québec students. The policy on tuition fees for international students at Québec universities has 9 exemption categories. Here are a few of them.

Ministry exemptions

Ministère de l’Éducation grants international students exemptions for their supplemental tuition fees. Check below to see if you fall under one of these categories.

To qualify for the supplemental tuition fee exemption, you must:

  • Be the spouse, son, or daughter of a foreign national who holds a work permit and whose primary reason for being in Canada is to work
  • Be the spouse, son, or daughter of a member of the clergy who is exempt from the requirement to hold a work permit

Required documents

  • Work permit showing the type of employment and the employer’s name and address
  • Official document proving the relationship between the holder of the work permit and the student
  • Letter from a religious organization confirming that the person devotes the majority of their time to their religious duties, if applicable

Deadlines

You must submit your documents during the semester for which you are registered. Requests for previous semesters will not be processed.

Contact

If you have any questions or to submit your documents, email immigration@reg.ulaval.ca.

If you’re a protected person and hold a Québec Selection Certificate (CSQ), you qualify for an exemption from the supplemental tuition fees for international students.

To qualify for the supplemental tuition fee exemption, you must:

  • Be recognized, under the terms of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, as a refugee, protected person, or person in need of protection
  • Hold a CSQ

Required documents

  • Québec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
  • Document delivered by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) formally recognizing your status as a refugee, protected person, or person in need of protection

Deadlines

You must submit your documents during the semester for which you are registered. Requests for previous semesters will not be processed.

Contact

If you have any questions or to submit your documents, email immigration@reg.ulaval.ca.

Protected persons who don’t hold a CSQ pay the tuition fees for Canadian students from outside Québec.

To qualify for the supplemental tuition fee exemption, you must:

  • Be recognized, under the terms of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, as a refugee, protected person, or person in need of protection

Required documents

You most provide a document delivered by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) formally recognizing your status as a refugee, protected person, or person in need of protection.

Deadlines

You must submit your documents during the semester for which you are registered. Requests for previous semesters will not be processed.

Contact

If you have any questions, email immigration@reg.ulaval.ca.

To qualify for the supplemental tuition fee exemption, you must meet one of the criteria below:

  • Be a sponsored family member who holds a family-class CSQ issued by a Canadian case processing centre (Edmonton, Mississauga, Montréal, Québec City, Sherbrooke, Hull, or Trois-Rivières)
  • Be a caregiver selected for permanent resident status as a worker
  • Be the family member of a refugee living in Québec who is included in the refugee’s application for permanent residence
  • Be selected for humanitarian reasons

Required documents

  • Québec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
  • Proof that the application for permanent residence has been submitted for all cases except the family members of refugees

Deadlines

You must submit your documents during the semester for which you are registered. Requests for previous semesters will not be processed.

Contact

If you have any questions or to submit your documents, email immigration@reg.ulaval.ca.

You may also qualify for an exemption from the supplemental fees if you:

  • Are the spouse, son, or daughter of the staff member of a diplomatic mission, permanent mission, consulate, embassy, or foreign government office
  • Are on the staff of a diplomatic mission, permanent mission, consulate, embassy, or foreign government office

Required documents

Original proof of student status with the Protocole du gouvernement du Québec seal and the signature of the official Protocole representative. You must provide a new proof of student status document each year.

Deadlines

You must submit your documents during the semester for which you are registered. Requests for previous semesters will not be processed.

Contact

If you have any questions or to submit your documents, email immigration@reg.ulaval.ca.

Exemptions granted under cooperation agreements

Supplemental tuition fee exemptions are granted to a set number of students through cooperation agreements and bilateral accords signed between the Government of Québec, foreign governments, and international organizations. See the list of countries and international organizations granted exemptions by the Government of Québec.

Université Laval exemption program

Each semester, Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES) allows Université Laval to offer supplemental tuition fee exemption scholarships to a set number of international students enrolled in its graduate programs. Université Laval has expanded this exemption scholarship program for doctoral students. All international students enrolled full time or deemed full time in a regular doctoral program can pay the same tuition fees as Québec students by following the steps for the first request below.

The Student Awards and Financial Aid Office (BBAF) is responsible for managing the exemption scholarship program for doctoral students.

Only students who have received an offer of admission for a regular doctoral program are authorized to apply for an exemption scholarship.

  1. Fill out BBAF’s online form
  2. Provide proof that you have applied for an exemption from your home country (only for applicants from countries that have signed an agreement with Québec - see the list of countries with agreements [in French]). If your country isn’t on the list, you won’t need to provide proof.

Deadlines

Please note that to be eligible, you must be registered as a full-time student and you must send your exemption application form to the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office (BBAF) by the deadline shown below for each semester.

  • Exemption for the summer semester: August 31
  • Exemption for the fall semester: December 31
  • Exemption for the winter semester: April 30

Contact

If you have any questions, please email exemption@bbaf.ulaval.ca.

Exemptions for French courses at Université Laval

Foreign students who are enrolled in a program leading to a degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate) and a French course recognized by Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur will be exempt from supplemental tuition fees for this course only. See the list of French courses that qualify for an exemption.

Questions about tuition fees?

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