Frequently Asked Questions – Day Students

The Quebec government recently passed Law 14 (Bill 96) that amends the Charter of the French Language.
This new law affects all Dawson students that do not hold a Certificate of Eligibility for English instruction in Quebec and are either:

  • starting a new DEC program as of Fall 2023
  • requesting a program transfer to a new DEC program for Fall 2023 (ex.: Science to Social Science, Social Science to ALC, any pre-university to any technical program or vice versa)

If this is your situation:

  • You will have to meet the requirements of the new Law 14 and will therefore have to pass the Exit Exam in FRENCH in order to graduate.
  • This new measure will also impact your progression chart. You will be required to pass three (3) preparatory courses for the French Exit Exam as part of your program and additional remedial courses, if necessary, depending on your placement level.

Here are the main differences between a progression chart of a Certificate holder and a non-certificate holder for French courses to be taken:

Certificate Holder Non-Certificate holder
French Courses

Must complete two (2) French second language courses:

602-1XX (Bloc A) course

602-BXX (Bloc B) course

Must complete three (3) French preparatory courses for the French Exit Exam.

602-UF0-DW *

602-UF1-DW **

602-UF2-DW **

Exit Exam to obtain DEC Must pass the English Exit Exam Must pass the French Exit Exam


*The 602-UF0-DW course will replace your 1st complimentary course within your progression chart.

**The 602-UF1-DW and 602-UF2-DW will replace the French Second Language courses.

If you would like to obtain further information on Law 14, please consult the admissions FAQ’s webpage here.

You can register 24 hours a day during the registration period except when the system is shut down for maintenance.

Please go to the Academic Calendar information page to for all important dates during the semester.

Returning students are asked to log into MyDawson, go to MyOmnivox Services and click on Progression Chart. In addition to their proposed (“to do W24”) courses on the Progression Chart, Academic Advisors may also have posted comments to further guide the students with registration.

New students in Winter 2024 may also see their progression charts at My College Services – Progression Chart.

The Winter 2024 Timetable and Registration Guide will be available online as of December 15. Students access the timetable by logging into MyDawson and finding the link under My College Services.

At the moment of your Omnivox appointment time and during the online registration period, you could ask a trusted friend or family member to register for you, as long as he or she has your student number, Omnivox password and access to your Progression Chart.

Students registration periods are divided by program. You can consult your appointment by logging into your MYDAWSON portal/My Omnivox Services/Course Registration or by consulting the registration dates found within the Timetable and Registration Guide. Deadlines for registration are communicated to the students and can also be found within the timetable.  

Students in most programs, with the exception of Liberal Arts students and returning students in General Social Science, will be assigned some or all of their program-specific education (concentration) courses. When courses are assigned, it means that spaces are reserved for you in appropriate courses. You will still have to add remaining courses and finalize your registration. Remember: even if you are only taking assigned courses, you still have to finalize your registration.

The deadline to finalize your Winter 2024 registration is:

January 16, 2024 at 11:30 p.m. for RETURNING and NEW students in a Day program

Log onto MyDawson. Assigned courses will be found under My Omnivox Services, Course Schedule Inquiry. They will be on the system just prior to your registration date.

In addition to your specific education ( concentration ) courses, you must also take the general education and complementary courses indicated on your Progression Chart for the semester you are entering. These courses are indicated as “to do W24” (Winter 2024) on your Progression Chart; this is accessed by returning students by logging into MyDawson, and under My College Services, clicking on Progression Chart.

You may also find useful information on how to use the Omnivox registration system by consulting the How to Register video.

A full course load refers to the number of courses you are expected to take each semester so as to complete all your courses in the usual period of time. You may request a reduced course load by logging on to MyDawson, and under My College Services, click on Reduced Course Load Request.

Reducing your course load may have consequences on your time to graduation. Please consult an Academic Advisor during a drop-in session if you are unclear on the impact of reducing your course load.

Only in very exceptional circumstances and with special permission from the Registrar. Students should contact the Helpline Chat to obtain permission. In order to connect with the Helpline Chat at your appointed registration time, simply log in your MyDawson portal, go to my Omnivox Services, Course Registration and upon entering the module you will see a ‘start chat’ icon.

See the Finance department’s page at Student Fees

Last Modified: November 24, 2023