International Students

Dawson College, founded in 1968, is a College of General and Professional Education (CEGEP), a distinct level of education that exists only in the province of Quebec. The minimum admission requirement is the successful completion of the Quebec Diploma of Secondary Studies (including specific Ministry requirements) or its equivalent from another province or country. Specific course requirements or other conditions must also be met for certain programs.

The College offers both two-year pre-university programs and three-year career programs. Pre-university programs are designed to prepare students for further studies at university. Career programs, because of their specific nature, lead directly to employment. Students must complete General Education, Concentration, and Complementary course requirements. General Education courses consist of 4 English, 2 French, 3 Humanities and 3 Physical Education. Concentration courses are specialization courses. Complementary courses are outside the field of concentration. Students who successfully complete either a pre-university or career program are eligible to obtain a College Diploma.

The College follows a fifteen-week semester system. The fall semester begins in late August and the winter semester in mid-January.

For further inquiries, you may contact the International Student Officer via the following email address: admissions@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

Pre-University Programs

Pre-university programs are two years in length and are offered in sciences and arts.

1 Please note that testing in program pre-requisites (English, French, Math, Science, Chemistry or Physics) may be required to assess the level of applicants’ qualifications. Testing takes place at Dawson College in Montreal during the months of April or May for Fall Admissions, and in November or December for Winter Admissions. Applicants are advised by email from the Admissions Office, of test dates should testing be required. Failing to attend a testing request will disqualify an applicant.

2 Program requires an in-person portfolio review during the month of April or May in Montreal before a decision is rendered.

 

Career Programs

The three-year CEGEP technology programs provide graduates with a range of skills that will best serve the needs of business, industry, government, educational institutions or community services. The courses have been developed after full consultation with employers, professional associations and manpower experts. Graduates are equipped to fulfill specialized functions, with considerably more expertise and ability than a high-school-trained technician and with more “applied” background than a university graduate.

1 Please note that testing in program pre-requisites (English, French, Math, Science, Chemistry or Physics) may be required to assess the level of applicants’ qualifications. Testing takes place at Dawson College in Montreal during the months of April or May for Fall Admissions, and in November or December for Winter Admissions. Applicants are advised by letter from the Admissions Office, of test dates should testing be required. Failing to attend a testing request will disqualify an applicant.

2 Programs require an in-person interview, audition, portfolio review, or language testing during the month of April or May in Montreal before a decision is rendered.

 

Fall Applications Only

International students with a temporary status in Canada, needing to obtain authorizations to study in Quebec and Canada (Quebec Acceptance Certificate, CAQ, and study permit), may only apply for admission to the Fall semester by the March 1 deadline.

Students with pre-existing valid authorizations to study in Quebec and Canada at the collegial level (CAQ and study permit), may apply for admission to the Winter semester. In these cases, students should refer to Winter semester application deadlines.

 

 

Admission Procedures

Students needing to obtain a student authorization to study in Canada, may only apply for the Fall semester by the March 1 deadline. (Students with pre-existing valid student authorization to study in Canada and Quebec at the collegial level, may apply for the Winter semester. In these cases, students should refer to Winter semester application deadlines.) Applicants are required to complete an online application form. The following must be submitted once the online application has been completed:

  • A photocopy of your birth certificate
  • If not paid online, payment by international money order for the application fee – $30.00 (Canadian funds) made payable to Dawson College.
  • For Dawson College only, applicants presenting academic credentials from outside Canada are required either
    • to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $50.00 for the evaluation of their secondary school credentials;
    • OR to obtain and submit an official attestation of equivalence from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion, MIDI – formerly MICC (recommended).
  • Secondary school transcripts / records, including all final matriculation examination scores. Only certified copies of original documents or original documents are accepted. Applicants must include secondary school documents even if they have completed a higher level of education.

IMPORTANT: The applicant must have already taken final exams and received certification at the time of applying.

ALSO:

  • If applicable, any post-secondary transcripts / records: if applicant has previously attended a college or a university, he/she must have an official transcript sent directly to Dawson College by the Registrar of that institution.
  • All applicants whose mother tongue or whose secondary school language of instruction was not English should submit the result of either

the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The minimum accepted score is 61 for Internet based, 175 for Computer based or 500 for Paper based. Information concerning this test can be obtained on the Internet at www.toefl.org

OR the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum accepted score is 6.0 on the IELTS 9-band scale. Information concerning this test can be obtained on the Internet at www.ielts.org

Please note that these scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the exam.

All documents submitted in a language other than English or French, must be accompanied by an official translation into English or French, translated by a certified translator.

Original documents will be returned upon the applicant’s request after the application has been reviewed.

 

The Admissions Office must receive the online application, all payments and all documents on or before the March 1 deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Upon Receipt Of Application

  • The application is processed and an acknowledgement will be sent to you after the March 1st application deadline.
  • Applicants can monitor their application on the “Application Status Portal” which is open several business days after the application deadline of March 1st for the Fall semester. The Admissions Office will notify applicants by email when the portal is open and how to login. The “Application Status Portal” can be used to:
    • view admission choices;
    • determine if an application is complete and has been received;
    • view whether a decision has been rendered;
    • view and download decision letters;
    • confirm an acceptance (only if admitted);
    • view the confirmation status (only if admitted);
    • view and download important admission documents (only if admitted).
  • If you have been accepted to your program of choice, an official letter of acceptance will be issued  and can be viewed on the Application Status Portal, mentioned above. If admitted, you will be expected to confirm your acceptance online at the Application Status Portal by a specified due date. Your acceptance will be cancelled if we do not receive your online confirmation by the specified due date.
  • Your official acceptance letter along with all required supplementary information will be sent to you by regular post.

Decisions on complete applications received by the March 1st deadline begin to be released by the third week of March.

Immigration Regulations

If you are admitted to Dawson College and you have confirmed your acceptance, the following essential documents must be obtained by all international students requesting to study in Quebec:

  • The Quebec Certificate of Acceptance (CAQ) issued by the Ministry of Immigration of Quebec. (We will include an application form in your acceptance package.)
    More information can be obtained at: Direction de l’immigration économique – Québec Section Étudiants étrangers et Travailleurs temporaires ; Mailing address or by appointment only: 285, Notre-Dame St. West, 4th floor Montreal, QC H2Y 1T8 Canada. The CAQ Application form and additional information are available at www.immigration-quebec.qc.ca
  • A Study Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CIC . After you obtain your Certificate of Acceptance from Quebec, you must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to obtain your Study Permit. These applications may take several weeks to process. We suggest that you begin the process immediately upon receipt of your letter of acceptance. For more information on obtaining a Study Permit to study in Canada please visit the CIC website at www.cic.gc.ca
  • International students must carry medical & hospitalization insurance which must be valid for the entire academic year from the date of their arrival in Montreal. International students must make their own medical insurance arrangements and will be required to submit proof of such coverage to the College before being permitted to register for courses.
Note: Students whose program includes a “stage” / internship must obtain a Work Permit as well as the Study Permit for the duration of their stage / internship.

Before leaving your country to come to Canada, be certain to have:

  • An official letter of acceptance from Dawson College.
  • CAQ – Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec
  • Study Permit to study in Canada.
  • Certificate of medical clearance.
  • Medical & hospitalization insurance coverage during your entire stay in Montreal.
  • Evidence of adequate funds to live and study in Canada.
  • Evidence of adequate funds for return transportation.
  • A valid passport.

Registration

All international students must arrive in Montreal by August 1, at the latest, in order to write the English and French Placement Tests and to receive Orientation information before they are able to register. Any student arriving in Montreal after Late Registration will not be permitted to register.

Please Note: Proof of medical & hospitalization insurance, your Canadian Study Permit and the CAQ must be presented before you are permitted to register. Please come prepared with original or certified true copies of these documents.

Fees

Fees vary from term to term depending on the program of study. Up to date information on fees is available from the Finance Office.

Housing And Cost Of Living

Dawson College does not operate dormitory (sleeping) facilities, and meal facilities are limited. Therefore, students will be expected to make their own housing arrangements. Limited assistance in finding housing arrangements is available under Student Services.



Last Modified: September 1, 2017