Prospective foreign students

Financing studies and working in Quebec

UQAM students receive more than $15 million in scholarships annually. Hundreds of scholarship programs provide financial support to students in pursuit of their university studies.

Scholarships before coming to Quebec and during your studies 

See the Scholarships for foreign students page.

Employment during your studies

On campus

Foreign students can work on campus as soon as they arrive. Many students get temporary jobs with certain services such as student cafés, the Student Recruitment Office, the Library Service or the Registrar's Office. Work as teaching or research assistants, mentors or lecturers is also available to more advanced (generally graduate) students. 

Off campus

Some students will have the opportunity to work off campus during their studies at UQAM. To learn the eligibility requirements, as well as the procedure to follow, please see the Immigration and Citizenship Canada website.

Employment in Quebec after obtaining a degree

After successfully completing your program of study, you might be allowed to get a job. To do so, you must meet certain requirements and obtain a work permit.

This permit can be issued for a maximum period of 3 years. The work permit, however, cannot be of longer duration than the program of study that you have completed.

Program duration Maximum duration of work permit
Less than 8 months Not eligible
8 to 24 months Same duration as that of the completed program
24 months and over 3 years maximum

See the section on post-graduation work on the Immigration and Citizenship Canada website.

Regulated professions governed in Quebec by professional orders

In Quebec, the exercise of certain professions and trades is regulated by professional orders or other agencies. Before your departure, it is recommended that you determine whether there are specific standards governing your target profession and, if necessary, get information from the professional order or regulatory body to ensure that your training will be recognized in your home country.

Some examples of professions governed by professional orders or regulated in Quebec:

  • Actuary
  • Lawyer
  • Chemist
  • Accountant
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Teacher
  • Geologist
  • Engineer
  • Notary
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Urban Planner
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