Frequently Asked Questions
All applicants to a CEGEP, for any given DEC program, must have the Quebec Secondary School Diploma or the equivalent including:
- Secondary V Language of Instruction
- Secondary V Second Language
- Secondary IV Science or Physical Science
- Secondary IV Mathematics
- Secondary IV History
Students with a DES missing any of the above subjects may be admitted, space permitting, but will be required to complete remedial courses.
In addition to the above basic admission requirements, some programs have other requirements and/or pre-requisites. For further information, please see Program Pre-requisites.
Specific pre-requisites of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Physical Science can be taken at a CEGEP, Continuing Education, or an adult education centre. Please note that students cannot use the courses taken at a CEGEP to complete their Diploma of Secondary Studies.
If you are currently in high school, please contact your Guidance Counselor as soon as possible to be able to complete the pre-requisites of the program of your choice.
If I don't have all the pre-requisite courses for the program that I selected, can I complete them during the summer?
Yes, you can, but you need to remember that:
- The summer semester is a very short and intensive session. Some courses may not be offered during the summer, or you may not find space available in a given course.
- If you are applying to a competitive program, there is a risk that the program will be filled before the summer session is over. Priority is given to applicants who have completed, or are in the process of completing, all the pre-requisites by the time they submit their application.
I have a permanent resident status in Canada, or I am a Canadian citizen, but I completed my high school studies outside Quebec, what do I need to qualify for CÉGEP admission?
If you completed high school studies IN Canada BUT NOT IN Quebec:
Applicants with secondary school education from a province other than Quebec will qualify for basic CÉGEP entry with the successful completion of:
Alberta: Grade 11 (67-100 credits)
British Columbia: Grade 11
Manitoba: Grade 11 (minimum 13 credits )
New Brunswick: Grade 11 (minimum 12 or 13 credits, depending on regime)
Newfoundland: Grade 11 (minimum 24 credits)
Nova Scotia: Grade 11 (minimum 12 credits)
Ontario: Secondary School Diploma Grade 11 (minimum 22 credits) NB: as of 2002: Grade 11 completed, with at least 22 credits; prior to 2002: grade 12 completed with OSSD or OSD.
Prince Edward Island: Grade 11 (minimum 12 credits)
Saskatchewan: Grade 11 (minimum 16 credits)
You must provide copies of all final and in-progress transcripts from Grade 10 (grade X) onwards, as well as a copy of any diplomas obtained. If admitted, you will be required to provide an official transcript of grades as issued by the provincial authority.
Please note that testing in specific 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, Quebec, 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.
If you completed high school studies OUTSIDE Canada:
Applicants presenting academic credentials from outside Canada are required either
- 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 (for details, see MIDI)
- OR to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $50.00 for the evaluation of their secondary school credentials
Applicants must provide copies of all final and in-progress transcripts from the last 2 years of high school, including all final matriculation examination scores, as well as a copy of any diplomas obtained. If admitted, you will be required to provide an official transcript of grades as issued by the government authority. 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.
If an applicant has previously attended a college or a university, he/she must declare this in the application and have an official transcript sent directly to Dawson College by the Registrar of that institution.
All applicants applying from outside Quebec whose mother tongue or whose language of instruction at their secondary school 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.
Applicants applying from within Quebec whose mother tongue is not English or whose academic records show no evidence of English being the language of instruction, are NOT required to submit TOEFL or IELTS results. These applicants may instead be contacted for language testing as described below.
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.
Please note that testing in specific 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.
A pre-university DEC program is a two-year program, geared more towards students who intend to pursue further studies in university in a comparable or related undergraduate program. In general, pre-university programs are more theory-based than technical programs, and are offered at both fall and winter sessions.
A technical DEC program is a three-year program, geared more towards students who wish to enter the job market right after the completion of their DEC. Technical programs are also referred to as career programs, and generally provide students with practical hands-on competencies, in preparation for a career in a given discipline. New admissions to technical programs take place only during the Fall of each academic year (i.e. no 1st semester applications can be submitted for the winter session).
Full-time students enrolled in a program are exempt from course fees, i.e. benefit from a tuition-free course registration. To be considered a full-time student in a given semester, a course load of 180 course-hours or a minimum of four courses is required.
Students enrolled in a program and pursuing one or two courses during the summer session are not likely to qualify for full-time status, and will be charged course fees during that session.
Independent students, i.e. students who are not enrolled in any given program but are registered in credit courses, must pay their course fees, regardless of the number of course-hours or courses they are registered in.
The deadline to submit an application for a DEC program is March 1st for the fall session, and November 1st for the winter session. Please ensure that your application and payment is submitted by the deadline. Applications received before or by the deadline are given first priority for admissions to programs, provided they meet all the admission requirements.
I am an international student - What information do I need to know before I can apply to Dawson College?
Please see the following page for more information: International Students
The “Application Status Portal” is open several business days after the application deadline of November 1st for the Winter semester, or 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).