The Université du Québec à Rimouski, also known as University of Quebec at Rimouski or UQAR, is a public French-language university in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada. The furthest north university of Québec has two campuses - at Rimouski (main campus) and Lévis.
The university attracts students from eastern Québec and some from the countries of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). It offers undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in 9 fields of study. Popular courses at UQAR are:
- Marine science
- Business arts
- Personnel management
Why Choose the University of Quebec?
Ranking and Standings
- 52nd in Webometrics Ranking of Canadian Universities (2018)
- 70th as per the uniRank Rankings of Canadian Universities
- 2nd - RESEARCH Infosource Inc. Ranking of Canadian Universities
- Francophone institution.
- Students primarily from Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie
- More than 40,000 students graduated since 1969
- Has international cooperation agreements for international internship and exchange programs with nearly 50 institutions in 15 countries.
- Home to 7,000 new students every year, including 435 foreign students from 40+ countries.
- Apart from its Lévis and Rimouski campuses, UQAR offers academic training throughout eastern Quebec.
- Strong relationships between professors and students. Professors are proactive in supporting students’ research and future career.
- Small class size in some courses is an advantage. It allows for personalized teaching and in-depth study of a concept.
- Mandatory internships are beneficial. They put students into the market before the students complete their studies.
|Type of university||Public|
|Number of Seats||6,850|
|Number of International Seats||435|
|Annual Acceptance Rate||80-90%|
Campus and Residential Facilities
UQAR has campuses in two cities – Rimouski (main campus) and Lévis.
- Both campuses offer study programs.
- Some facilities available are – cafeterias, bars, libraries, Early Childhood Centers, Help Center for Success, etc.
- Rimouski is the capital of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.
- It is known as the student city because of its relatively large population of students – 15,000 from among 50,000 residents.
- Students will find several cultural and recreational activities in the city such as the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site, the Orchester Symphonique de l'Estuaire, the Oceanic Hockey Club, the Bic National Park, and the Canyon of the Gates of Hell.
- In Lévis, the main urban hub of the Chaudière-Appalaches region, students will be able to connect with nature in places, for instance, the Chaudière Falls.
- They can also indulge their cultural interests at the Lévis Symphony Orchestra or the Francofête.
The University of Quebec at Rimouski has its own residence at the Rimouski campus. Below are the details of the accommodation provided by the University:
- 5 buildings
- Accommodates a total of 314 students.
- each building has seventy-seven 4-bedroom apartments.
- there are also two 3-bedroom apartments for people with reduced mobility.
- The lease is provided for 4 or 8 months.
The following amenities are available at the residence:
|Fully furnished room||Bathroom|
|Washer and dryer||Storage lockers|
Students can book rooms via the online or paper-based application available on the University website.
The university website provides students with off-campus rental listings where they can look for appropriate accommodation.
At the University of Quebec at Rimouski, the programs are divided into undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate. Short-cycle programs are also offered. The university is home to:
- 11 faculties
- 6 departments, 4 departmental units, 1 institute
- 150 programs
- 9 areas of study
Areas of Study
|Biology, chemistry, and geography||Letters and Humanities|
|Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering||Psychosociology and social work|
|Education Sciences||Management Sciences|
|Nursing||Societies, territories, and development|
Flexibility to Choose Your Schedule
Students are given the liberty to apply for classes as per their schedule and study plan. Some of the groups in which programs can be filtered in are given below:
|Study Plan||Full-time Part-time|
Besides the requirement of evidence of secondary school or post-secondary education ie transcripts, the main requirement for enrolling at the School is being proficient in the French language.
- Undergraduate studies- transcripts, diplomas, birth certificate
- Graduate studies- (in addition to the documents required for undergraduate application) Letter of motivation, 3 Reference Letters, and resume
- Specific requirements-
- For Short Cycle 2, Graduate Degree, and Postgraduate degree in Program Management - Description of Professional Experience in Project Management
- For Short Cycle 2 Program in Artistic Practice – portfolio or other documentation of the artistic practice
- For Postgraduate degree in environmental science or biology – the information sheet in collaboration with their research director
- Students whose mother tongue is not French can prove their proficiency by taking one of the below-mentioned tests and obtaining the indicated minimum score:
- TFI score- 750
- TCF score- B2
How, When and Where to Apply?
International students can only apply for full-time courses in the Fall and Winter sessions.
- Fall term – admissions open on May 1, 2018. The deadline is September 14, 2018 (for international students); December 15, 2018 (for Canadian citizens and permanent residents)
- Winter term – admissions open on September 15, 2018. The deadline is March 1, 2019 (all categories of students)
Steps to Apply
- Visit the official website of the university.
- Under the ‘Admissions’ tab, click on ‘Submit your application’.
- Fill in and submit the online or paper form.
- Send supporting documents to the institution.
The non-refundable application fee for all applicants regardless of their region of origin is CAD 52. Payment can be made via credit card, check, or money order.
Costs and Expenses
Candidates will have to show a proof of finance while applying for student visa. The tuition fee charged by the University vary from course to course and campus to campus.
|Tuition Fee for Quebecer or French Graduate||1,150.66|
|Tuition Fee for Canadian non-Quebecer or French undergraduate||1,150.66|
|Tuition Fee for International Students||CAD 6,743.62|
- Rooms cost between CAD 360- CAD 380 per month
- Summer residence is also available from mid-May to mid-August for students as well as non-students. Weekly costs per room for a single person are between CAD 240 and CAD 270. Weekly cost per housing for 2 persons is CAD 660.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The University of Quebec at Rimouski offers 4 scholarships to international students.
- Fellowships in Oceanography – between CAD 1,000 and CAD 1,300 – application must be submitted.
- Master’s scholarships – CAD 1,000 or CAD 2,000 (based academic record in undergraduate studies) – no application required.
- Bachelor’s bursaries – between CAD 500 and CAD 2,500 – no application required.
- Additional undergraduate bursaries (for specific programs) – CAD 1,000 – no application required.
The university website also lists a number of external scholarships available to international students. These are mentioned below:
- Canadian Wildlife Foundation Grants Program – CAD 2,000 to CAD 15,000
- Doctoral Fellowships in Research for Foreign Students (DE) – up to CAD 20,000 for 3 years
- Forces AVENIR competition – CAD 114,000
- Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program (PCBC) – up to CAD 10,000
Work While You Study
Students can work part-time on campus while studying at the University through the work-study program. International students must-
- be enrolled in a full-time course.
- be subject to an additional tuition fee.
- demonstrate a financial need.
- have a good previous academic record.
- Students can also work off campus while studying at the University including the co-op programs.
- Students can register with the University’s Internship and Employment Service to be considered for internships.
- There are several financial aid programs listed on the University website which provide student employment during their studies or during the summer. Some of these are mentioned below-
- Federal Student Work Experience Program
- Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program (remuneration up to CAD 4,500)
- Research Fellowship Program (remuneration up to CAD 21,000/year for Master’s candidate and CAD 27,000/year for a doctoral candidate)
How to Get a SIN?
Social Insurance Number (SIN) is mandatory in order to work on campus or off campus and for tax purposes. It is in no way related to a person’s health insurance number. A social number is valid until the end of your stay or a maximum of 5 years. You can renew the same if necessary.
One can obtain SIN by going in person to Service Canada office along with the following documents:
- Your Passport
- Your study permit
- Your off-campus work permit/ co-op/internship program permit.
- Isabelle Théberge: Doctor, National Institute of Public Health of Quebec
- Boucar Diouf: Oceanographer, Biologist, Television host
- Jean Domingue: Canadian politician
- Alain-G. Gagnon: Canadian author, the Canada Research Chair in Québec and Canadian Studies at the University of Québec at Montréal
The university has an Alumni Services section that hosts meetings for its alumni.