College/CEGEP (including Nunavik Sivunitsavut)

Students attending CEGEP in Quebec must have completed their Secondary School Diploma (SSD) prior to starting a program.

There are 48 CEGEPs in the province of Quebec. Students can choose from a wide range of programs and may complete their studies in either English or French. Many of the students sponsored by the school board who choose to study at an English CEGEP go to either John Abbott College or Dawson College. Most students who choose to complete their college studies in French go to Collège Montmorency. As of 2017, students can also earn college credits while studying Inuit history, culture, and governance at Nunavik Sivunitsavut. These are just some of your options.

Students applying to CEGEP eventually choose either a pre-university program or a career program. Students can also complete the mandatory first-year college courses at Nunavik Sivunitsavut.

Below is a brief overview of the college-level programs available to you.

Pre-university programs

Pre-university programs prepare students for future studies at the university level. These programs are typically two to three years long. Options include programs in science, social science, visual arts, and liberal arts.

Career programs

Career programs are designed to prepare students for the workforce and last a minimum of three years. The career stream gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field, with most programs offering the chance to complete an internship or work placement in the student’s final year. Options include programs in professional theatre, recreation and community development, graphic and Web design, nursing, engineering technology, and youth and adult correctional intervention.

Crossroads and Springboard programs

Available at certain colleges and CEGEPs throughout Quebec, these programs are designed to prepare students for entering college. John Abbott College offers a Crossroads program for incoming Indigenous students (you can find out more about it here). Collège Montmorency offers a similar program in French.

Nunavik Sivunitsavut (NS)

A recent option available to high school graduates from Nunavik is to study at NS. Located at the Avataq Cultural Institute in downtown Montreal, NS offers a one-year program that teaches students about Inuit culture, history, governance, and language. The program features cultural field trips, guest speakers, and courses tailored specifically for Nunavimmiut. Upon completion of the program, students receive a College Certificate in Community and Cultural Leadership. The credits they earn may be applied toward a future college diploma. For more information about Nunavik Sivunitsavut, visit www.sivunitsavut.ca.

Interested in applying to CEGEP?

Do you have a DEC? Are you eligible for sponsorship? Are you interested in beginning your college studies? If so, here are the deadlines you need to keep in mind when applying to CEGEP:

For the fall term (courses usually start in mid-August):

  1. February 1: Deadline to apply for sponsorship with Kativik Ilisarniliriniq
    *Note: For your sponsorship application to be processed, you must submit copies of the following documents: your birth certificate, Medicare card, official school transcripts, and beneficiary card. You can complete the sponsorship application form here.
  2. March 1: Deadline to apply to the program and institution of your choice
    *Note: If you are interested in a program offered at an institution in Greater Montreal, you may apply through SRAM. If you are interested in applying to an institution located in another region, you will need to follow the application procedures of that institution.

For the winter term (courses usually start in mid-January):

  1. October 1: Deadline to apply for sponsorship with Kativik Ilisarniliriniq
    *Note: For your sponsorship application to be processed, you must submit copies of the following documents: your birth certificate, Medicare card, official school transcripts, and beneficiary card. You can complete the sponsorship application form here.
  2. November 1: Deadline to apply to the program and institution of your choice
    *Note: If you are interested in a program offered at an institution in Greater Montreal, you can apply through SRAM. If you are interested in applying to an institution located in another region, you will need to follow the application procedures of that institution.

Do you need additional information? Do you have any questions? If so, please contact Kativik Ilisarniliriniq’s the Post-Secondary Student Services Department at 514-457-1178, ext. 224. We would be happy to help!

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