International fee exemptions


International students eligible for Quebec tuition rates

Quebec's Ministère l’Enseignement supérieur (MES) has several categories of international students who are exempt from paying international differential tuition fees.


Deadline to apply

The last day of classes in each term is the deadline for you to request an exemption and submit all supporting documents. Requests that are incomplete at the end of the term or are submitted after the term may not be processed for that term. There is no retroactivity.

Where to submit Documents

Documentation may be submitted to the Birks Student Service Centre at LB-185. Please contact quebec.residency@concordia.ca to ensure that your documents have been received.

Questions?


Who can claim exemptions?

The following international students may be exempt from international differential tuition fees:


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Diplomatsconsular personnelaccredited representatives or civil servants of a foreign country, the United Nations or one of its organizations, an intergovernmental organization to which Canada belongs, and any member of the staff of the above-listed persons working in Canada in an official capacity and who have obtained an attestation issued by "le Protocole"  (Gouvernement du Québec). International students in this category are eligible to pay tuition at the Quebec rate for the sessions indicated on the Protocol letter.

  • This attestation is valid for one academic year and must be renewed each year the student attends university;

Required Document: Original letter from the Quebec Protocole Office naming the student and stating the year and session of the exemption.


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The spouse and unmarried children of the above-listed persons.

Required Document: Original letter from the Quebec Protocole Office naming the student and stating the year and session of the exemption.


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International students whose spouse hold work permits valid for working in Quebec with these conditions or international students, no older than 22 years, whose parents hold work permits valid for working in Quebec with these conditions:

  1. Closed work permits:
    1. Case Type must be one of these categories 07, 08, 20, 22, 23, 26, 52 or 53;
    2. the place of employment must be stated and must be in Quebec;
    3. the employer must be named.
  2. Post Graduation Work Permit:
    1. Case type must be 56
    2. Must state “Post Graduation Work Permit” or “Permis de travail post diplôme
  3. Bridging Open Work Permit;
    1. Case type must be 27
    2. Must have a CSQ

For further details and verification, please contact the Office of the Registrar, Quebec.residency@concordia.ca

Required Documents:

  1. The spouse or parents work permit with the above characteristics;
  2. proof of kinship with the spouse (marriage certificate) or parent (long form birth certificate)


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Students who are registered at a university and who have come to Quebec as an exchange student, or as a student participating in a program of cooperation agreed to by the Government of Quebec and which exempts the participants from paying differential fees.

Required Documents: None. Concordia will receive notification directly from the Government of Quebec.


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International students who are French citizens (accord France-Québec) and hold a valid French passport; the Quebec government has reached an agreement with the government of France regarding French citizens who study in Quebec.

French students studying in an undergraduate program leading to an Undergraduate Certificate or Degree will be charged the same tuition as Canadian students from outside Quebec. Our tuition fee calculator can provide you with an estimate of what to expect. Under Step 1, choose “Canadian, non-Quebec resident” for the most accurate estimate.

French students studying in a graduate program leading to a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters or PhD will be charged the same tuition as Quebec residents.

Required Document: Valid French passport (pages with photo, names and expiration date).

Here is an outline of how these regulations affects students who are French citizens:


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International students who are Francophone Belgian citizens:
The Quebec government has reached an agreement with the government of the francophone community of Belgium regarding francophone Belgian citizens who study in Quebec.

Undergraduate
As of the Fall 2018 session, Francophone Belgian students studying in an undergraduate program leading to an Undergraduate Certificate or Degree will be charged the same tuition as Canadian students from outside Quebec. Our tuition fee calculator can provide you with an estimate of what to expect. Under Step 1, choose “Yes I'm a Canadian, Non-Quebec Resident” for the most accurate estimate.

Graduate
As of the Fall 2018 session, Francophone Belgian students studying in a graduate program leading to a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters or PhD will be charged the same tuition as Quebec residents. Our tuition fee calculator can provide you with an estimate of what to expect. Under Step 1, choose “Canadian, Quebec resident” for the most accurate estimate.

Required Documents:

  • Valid Belgian passport (pages with photo, names and expiration date);
  • Valid Belgian ID Card identifying you as a francophone Belgian (see images below)

     OR

  • Valid Belgian passport (pages with photo, names and expiration date);
  • High School Leaving Certificate (CESS) or Bachelors or Masters granted by a francophone institution in Belgium.*
    *see images and list below

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Students admitted to a Quebec university and whose country has a fee remission agreement with the Quebec Government.

Please consult the following Ministry PDF document for a list of eligible countries and international organizations. Pays et organisation internationale signataires d’une entente internationale en matière de mobilité étudiante à l’ordre universitaire

Inquiries and applications for an exemption should be made directly to the students' own Ministry of Education prior to leaving their home country. In some cases, when the person is in Canada, it may be possible to apply for an exemption at his or her Embassy or Consulate in Canada or in the United States. For up to date contact information from the different eligible countries, please consult the following Ministry PDF document. Exemptions des droits de scolarité supplémentaires accordées par le gouvernement du Québec - Liste des gestionnaires par pays ou organisation internationale

Here is the form that students should fill out and submit to their country's representative:
Formulaire de candidature pour l’attribution des exemptions des droits de scolarité supplémentaires

Required Documents: None. Concordia will receive notification directly from the Government of Quebec.


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Students who work for, or who are dependants of individuals employed by one of the international non-governmental organizations outlined in Annexe III of the Politique relative aux droits de scolarité exigés des étudiants étrangers par les universités du Québec

Required Document: Original letter from the Quebec Protocole Office naming the student and stating the year and session of the exemption.


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Under certain conditions, students who have obtained Convention Refugee status may be eligible for an exemption from the differential fees for International students. Depending on the documentation submitted, they may be eligible to pay either the Quebec tuition rate or the Canadian non-Quebec rate. To pay the Quebec tuition rate, students must submit a CSQ and a document delivered by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada or Citizenship and Immigration Canada formally recognizing their status of refugee, "protected person" or "person to be protected".

Required Documents: a) CSQ and b) a document delivered by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada or Citizenship and Immigration Canada formally recognizing their status of refugee, "protected person" or "person to be protected".


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Students who are authorized to submit a request for permanent residency status in Canada and have a certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) belonging to one of the following categories:

  • Regroupement familial (family reunification)
  • Travailleur: Aide-familiale résidente (live-in caregiver)
  • Membres de la famille d’un réfugié (members of the family of a refugee)
  • Cas humanitaire (humanitarian reasons)

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International students who have completed an engineering degree outside Quebec and are required by the Order of Engineers of Quebec to take certain courses in order to be recognized as an engineer by the Order of Engineers of Quebec.

Required documents:

  • Letter from the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) listing the courses must be taken in order to qualify as an engineer with the OIQ.
  • Transcript demonstrating that the student holds an engineering degree from a post-secondary institution outside Quebec.
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