Future International Students

You’ve decided to pursue your graduate studies in Canada? Choose INRS, a multicultural French-language research and training institute in Quebec that offers a rich and rewarding experience on both the personal and scientific level.

Québec’s university system

The university system in Quebec is based on the North American model. It has three cycles and one year of study is divided into three quarters.


Quebec universitie‘s levels of study

There are three levels of study at Quebec universities :

  • Undergraduate studies : Undergraduate studies normally lead to a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s requires three or four years of study and 90 to 120 credits.
  • Master’s studies : A master’s program normally leads to a master’s degree after one or two years of study. A research master’s consists of 45 credits and includes a theses.
  • Doctoral studies D : Doctoral programs (lead to a PhD) after three to five years of study. They consist of 90 credits and a dissertation, which is presented before a jury.


Three terms per year

Quebec university calendars are divided into three 15-week terms, i.e., the fall term (end of August to mid-December), the winter term (January to April), and the summer term (May to August). See our university calendar


Degree equivalency and university glossary

To study at INRS, you must meet the admission requirements for the graduate program you’re interested in and demonstrate a sufficient level of French proficiency. You will need to check the equivalency of your degree and familiarize yourself with the terminology used with help of the university glossary (in French)

More than 60% of our student body is made up of international students from some 50 countries, including France, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, India, China, Vietnam, Mexico, and Brazil. Many of our faculty members also contribute to the cultural diversity of our globally-oriented institute.


Studying in Quebec’s urban centres

INRS is part of the Réseau de l’Université du Québec , made up of 10 public universities. Our four research and training centres are located in Montreal, the province’s biggest urban centre and Canada’s second most populated city; Quebec City, the birthplace of French North America; Laval, the third biggest city in the province; and Varennes, one of the top 10 cities in Quebec in which to raise a family according to a survey conducted in 2019.

A study destination with real appeal Quebec is well known for its wide open spaces and exceptional quality of life. You’ll want to learn about the local climate and the clothing best suited to each season, the average cost of housing and food, and the means of transportation available. Find out what makes Quebec such a great place to live and study (in French)


Learning French

French is the official language in use at our research and training institution. Our glossary of Quebec expressions will help you fit in more easily. If you are not yet proficient in French, you can take the free language courses offered at INRS. Check out INRS student services for more information (in French)


Come and meet us

Each year we attend numerous education fairs in Europe and Latin America to present our academic, research internship, and scholarship programs. If you plan to study abroad, come meet us and discuss the possibility of studying at INRS. View the schedule of education fairs and tours abroad (in French)


Settling in Canada after you graduate

If you’re thinking of making your home in Quebec after you graduate, it’s never too early to start gathering information on the necessary administrative procedures. Visit the portal of Québec en tête, developed together with Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), to learn more about living and working in the province’s capital, where the majority of the population speaks only French. If you’re targeting the Montreal area, visit I Choose Montréal. This portal, developed by Montréal International  in partnership with Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), will provide you with information on immigration and on living, studying, and working in Quebec’s most cosmopolitan city.


Immigrating to Québec

Check the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) website regularly for information on new immigration measures. Once your admission to INRS is accepted, you’ll need to take steps on your own to obtain the legal authorizations necessary to stay, or extend your stay, in Quebec (passport, visa, study permit, health and dental insurance, etc.). See the procedure for preparing for your arrival in Quebec (in French)