Applying for temporary selection for studies
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Applying for temporary selection for studies

New: Foreign students can now submit their documents required as proof under the Foreign Student Program electronically.

Foreign students wishing to study in Québec in a training program of a duration of more than 6 months must be admitted to or enrolled in a designated learning institution
, that is, an institution recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur or another Québec government ministry, in order to submit an application for temporary selection for studies and a study permit from the federal government.

Before submitting your application, Consult the Designated learning institutions list.

If the institution you have chosen is not on this list, it will not be possible for you to study there as a foreign student. Note that the Ministère does not refund processing fees for an application for temporary selection for studies, even in the case of a refusal.

  • To apply, choose one of the following options:
    • Complete an online application (with online payment using a credit card);
    • Complete a form available in dynamic or static PDF format and send it by mail (with payment of the required fees).
  • Enclose the required fees if you are using a PDF or printed form rather than the online application.


Important: The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration cannot, without your consent, unless permitted by law, release any personal information about you to anyone.

To authorize an individual to obtain information related to your application for temporary selection for studies, or to designate someone to represent you, you must complete and sign the appropriate authorization in the application for temporary selection for studies.


  • If you meet the prerequisites, a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies will be issued in your name. The CAQ is generally valid for the duration of your study program or your level of study up to a maximum of 49 months.

    If your application is refused, you have the possibility of submitting a request for an administrative review.

  • NOTE: If you obtain a CAQ for studies for the fall semester and you postpone your arrival by one semester, you do not have to submit a new application for temporary selection for studies. For any other postponement, you must obtain a new CAQ for studies.

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If you wish to prolong your stay in Québec as a foreign student, proceed to Step 6 – Renewing your authorizations to study in Québec.  


Information: Contact the Centre de contacts clientèle (information service).

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Last modification : 2020-05-20
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