Become a SEP partner, build relationships with 11 Quebec institutions by joining them under a single convention.

Becoming a SEP partner means offering your students an opportunity to get familiar with another culture in addition to putting your institution in the international spotlight. Play the internationalization card by signing the BCI Convention which will allow your students to come study in one of Quebec’s institutions for up to one year while paying tuition and remaining enrolled at his or her home institution. By the same token, give Quebec students a chance, in return, to come immerse themselves in your academic environment!


The Convention allows students enrolled in full-time studies at an academic institution to continue their studies in a university abroad for one term, but for no longer than an academic year, as part of a study program approved by the home institution. It offers participants the following advantages:

– remain enrolled at their home institution;

– pay their home institution’s regular tuition fees, rather than those charged at the host institution;

– may use the credits obtained at the host institution to obtain their degree from the home institution; and if applicable, continue to receive the financial aid they’re entitled to as students enrolled at their home institution.

Institutions or institution associations wishing to join the BCI Convention — the Student Exchange Program (SEP) —must fill out the Membership Application form. The form is available from BCI will proceed to the evaluation of applications. The Convention’s five-year agreement comes into effect on the date of signature by both parties.

To find out how a membership application is processed when submitted by an academic institution or association of academic institutions under the BCI Convention, refer to the FAQ.

11 universities, 1 AGREEMENT

École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

Established in 1974, ÉTS, which is part of the Université du Québec network, specializes in applied engineering and technology. ÉTS seeks to develop new technologies and transfer them to businesses. From the outset, it has maintained a unique partnership with the business community and industry and close ties with big companies and small and medium-sized enterprises. Most of its professors are experts in various engineering fields and have work experience in an industrial environment.

City : Montreal

Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s top teaching and research institutions and first in Quebec for the size of its student body and the scope of its research activities.

Polytechnique offers courses and programs in several engineering specialties and accounts for nearly one-quarter of university engineering research in Quebec. The university also conducts some of Canada’s most intensive research through its 60 research units and a faculty comprising world-renowned experts.

City : Montreal

ENAP, the public administration university

The founding of ENAP on June 26, 1969, and its subsequent development stemmed from the provincial government’s desire to modernize the State. To support its social and structural reforms, the government wanted to create a professional public administration system, so it set up an educational institution combining the tradition of a North American university with practical vocational studies.

Forty years later, ENAP is more firmly rooted than ever. Its outward-looking, hands-on training and continuing education programs are tailored to meet the needs of today’s professionals, analysts, researchers, and public administrators.

City : Quebec City

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Situated in the heart of Montreal, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a dynamic, open and creative French-language university with an international reputation based on quality of its programs, its cutting-edge research rooted in social concerns and creation, and its innovation in a wide range of disciplines. It is also known for the quality of its educational support, the accessibility and excellence of its teaching faculty and the vitality of its campus life. Its innovative culture have helped establish UQAM’s reputation here and around the globe.

City : Montreal

Université de Sherbrooke

Université de Sherbrooke main campus is situated on the flank of “Mont-Bellevue” on 300 hectares of green space. The area offers all the advantages of the city life in a delightfully natural setting. It is a French-speaking institution with 8 faculties. Academic programs are innovative, and some are very unique in their method of teaching. The University offers a popular French as a Second Language program that gives students the opportunity to perfect the language through classes in oral and written French. Because of its leadership in sustainable development, promotion and development of fair trade practices, UdeS is the first francophone university in Canada to receive the national Fair Trade Campus designation from Fairtrade Canada.

City : Sherbrooke

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières is located halfway between Montréal and Québec (an hour and a half’s drive in either direction from Trois-Rivières).

One of the university’s most attractive features is its relaxed, informal atmosphere where students and professors work closely together during teaching and research activities.

The university offers its 14,000 students a quiet, pleasant environment including a large campus with plenty of green open spaces. It also assures them a first-rate education through the dedication and specialized skills of the professors and the availability of advanced techniques. At UQTR, learning and research involve the same hard work as anywhere else – but under far more pleasant conditions.

City : Trois-Rivières

Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

UQAR is a young and dynamic university that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate research and teaching programs including unique training fields in Canada and North America. UQAR stands out with its three main areas of research, Marine Sciences, Regional Development and Nordicity as well as for its expertise in Engineering, Science Management and Ethics.

UQAR is a comprehensive French-Language institution of higher education with two campuses on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, one in Rimouski, the other in Lévis, which offer students from abroad an exceptional environment that allows for an easy integration to Quebec culture.

Campuses : Rimouski and Lévis

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

UQAT is one of the university-level institutions in Québec demonstrating high performance in research. Research activities developed here are showing noteworthy results in several areas of scientific activity. These research activities are particularly well-suited to the social and economic characteristics of the region. Several areas show promise : transformation of wood, restoration of abandoned mining sites, sylviculture and ligniculture, underground communications, thermoplastics, community development, hydrogeology, agroalimentary resources, mining entrepreneurship and Aboriginal forestry.

An avant-garde institution, the university offers programs in art therapy, 3D creation, digital creation and others that are unique in Québec.It also distinguishes itself by its use of information and communication technologies for teaching purposes. The common teaching language is French.

Campuses : Rouyn-Noranda, Val d’Or and Amos

Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)

Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) is a dynamic university where everyone feels at home. Considered as a university with a human side that promotes learning and reflection, UQO has grown, evolved and adapted its programs to meet the needs of its clientele with proper consideration given to the characteristics of the Canadian national capital region.

Dynamic and tuned in to the community, UQO is contributing to the social, economic and cultural development of the Outaouais and Laurentides populations. Through the years, close links have been forged with many of their regional organizations.

City : Gatineau

Université Laval

Since its founding, Université Laval has been training, equipping, and guiding the decision makers who grapple with the major issues of society. Through the advancement and sharing of knowledge, its culture of excellence, and its global outlook, our academic community contributes to the development and international profile of our province. Still today, with the world at a crossroads, Université Laval plays a bigger role than ever in Québec City and on the national and international scene, both as a catalyst for change and a visionary institution where knowledge, curiosity, and innovation are part of everyday life.

City : Quebec City

Bishop's University

Located in the beautiful Eastern Townships region of the province of Quebec, Bishop’s is a unique English-language university that offers its students an undergraduate university experience like no other.

Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education.

City : Lennoxville