Tuition fee exemption programs for undergraduate and graduate programs

Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES) requires international students enrolled at Québec educational institutions to pay a supplemental amount of tuition fees.

Pay the same tuition as Québec students!

Here’s a quick reference to help you pick the right one for you.

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*NEW* exemption from differential tuition fees depending on the program of studies and the region

The new exemption from differential tuition fees depending on the program of studies and the region will be in effect until 2026. It is aimed at international students who will be beginning their studies in the fall semester in one of the eligible programs of study at Université Laval.


As of Fall 2023, a limited number of exemptions from differential tuition fees will be awarded to candidates with outstanding academic records who meet the eligibility criteria for the regular duration of their program of study. Please note that this financial support does not cover the full tuition fees. It allows selected international students to pay the same tuition fees as Quebec students.


Eligibility criteria and Selection criteria

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be an international student.
  • Has submitted a completed admissions file for an eligible program of study at Université Laval for the Fall semester.
  • Be a person subject to differential foreign student tuition fees and not benefit from any other exemption.
  • Maintains full-time student status at Université Laval during those semesters granted the exemption (fall and winter).
  • Studies in Canada with a valid study permit.
  • Has a place of residence in the Province of Québec located outside the territory of the Montreal Metropolitan Community / la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal while studying.
This exemption does not apply for anyone who:

  • Needs to take one or more preparatory course(s)
  • Has already started a program of study at a university located within the Montreal Metropolitan Community and wishes to pursue their studies at Université Laval.

Selection criteria

  • Academic excellence
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Application submission

The 2023 selection process is now closed. Please note that applications will reopen for Fall 2024 from December 5, 2023, to February 15, 2024.

To express your interest in receiving one of these exemptions, you must complete the same application form as for the Citizens of the World Scholarships – Excellence component. Your application will then be considered for both programs. Note that you must have previously submitted a completed application for admission to Université Laval for Fall 2024 before submitting your application for an exemption or scholarship program.

Next selection process: December 5, 2023 to February 15, 2024
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Exemptions available through agreements signed with MES

The program of exemptions available through agreements signed with Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES) is managed by MES. It allows international students to be exempted from supplemental tuition fees so they pay the same tuition as Québec students.

You must submit your application for exemption to officials in your home country. If you have already received an exemption, please follow all conditions of exemption to remain in good standing.


French and francophone Belgian students

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


Students in other categories

How to apply

  1. Check whether your country has signed a cooperation agreement or bilateral accord with Québec.
  2. Contact the authority in your country of citizenship or at the international organization that manages exemptions for information on selection criteria and to get your application form.
  3. Send your letter of admission or proof of registration from your university and the application form (Appendix II) to the organization responsible for managing exemptions in your country.
  4. The designated authorities in your country are required to send exemption applications to MES. Your country is responsible for selecting applicants. Applications sent by students directly to Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MES) will not be processed.
  5. Wait for a reply from the relevant organization in your home country to find out whether your application has been approved or denied.
  6. Obtain the required authorizations to do a training course of more than six months in Quebec.
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