Applying for admission to a school, college or university
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Applying for admission to a school, college or university

Preschool, elementary and secondary school

French is the official language of Québec. The Charter of the French Language stipulates that French is the language of instruction in preschool, elementary and secondary school, with some exceptions. Children of immigrants, regardless of their mother tongue, are usually required to attend a local school under the French school board until the end of secondary school.



French learning support
If your child does not speak French, he or she will need help to attend classes in this language. That is why non-francophone students in the preschool and elementary and secondary school system can take advantage of French learning support measures provided by the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.

By helping students to master the language of instruction, these measures ease and accelerate student integration into ordinary French classes. While these measures may vary depending on the school, each school is responsible for offering students the most appropriate support.



Procedure for applying for admission

In order for your child to attend a school, you must first apply for admission at your local school board. You will be required to provide originals or certified copies of the following documents:

  • Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ - Québec Selection Certificate)
  • Confirmation of permanent resident status (issued by Canadian authorities)
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Report cards, if any.


Depending on the situation, either the school board or the parents register the child. If you are required to register your child, the school board will provide you with the necessary registration forms and the contact information for the school.

Each year, school boards issue a public notice regarding admission applications. The registration period begins in February or in March, for the school year beginning a few months later, usually at the end of August. Although you can apply at any time, it is generally recommended that you register your child for preschool (kindergarten) before the end of June.

College and university

Procedure for applying for admission

To apply for admission to a college, contact the educational institution you wish to attend. If it is a member of a Service régional d'admission (regional admissions office), you will be referred there.

For the fall term (beginning at the end of August), the application for admission must be submitted before March 1st. For the winter term (beginning in January), the deadline is November 1st. Colleges may ask that you pay an application fee.

To apply for admission to a university, you must submit an application for admission directly to the institution you have chosen and pay the appropriate fees. The deadlines vary depending on the institution and study program. However, the deadline for application for admission to regular study programs is March 1st for the school year beginning the following September.


  • Only Québec educational institutions have the authority to grant candidates, after examination of their school files, equivalencies in order to admit them to their program of study.
  • The Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport provides a search tool to help you find a particular school board, public or private educational institution, college or university.


School boards

School boards bring together public schools, from preschool to secondary school, as well as vocational training centres and continuing education centres.

Largely francopone (some are anglophone), school boards are administered by a board made up of commissioners, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year mandate, and of parent representatives elected for one year. They are responsible for organizing and providing quality education services that respond to the educational needs of youth adults and organizations on their territory, particularly businesses. They must also adapt their educational services to the needs of students with disabilities and students with learning or adjustment difficulties.

School boards determine the educational services offered by each school, vocational training centre and continuing education centre. They ensure childcare services for students in preschool and elementary school, and can organize student transportation as well as services, such as food and lodging, to facilitate access to educational services.


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