Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)


The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières is a public university, founded in 1969 on a campus of 59 hectares.

The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières is located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, the province’s two major cities (an hour and a half drive in either direction from Trois-Rivières).

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


St-Amant, Catherine Student Mobility Coordinator

Bureau des relations internationales
Pavillon Suzor-Coté, local 0020
3351, boul. des Forges, C.P. 500
Trois-Rivières (Québec)  G9A 5H7

T (819) 376-5011 #2593
E. echange.bri@uqtr.ca
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Points of interest

Festivals & Nightlife

Human Scale

Maritime & Fluvial City

Nature & Adventure

Fields of study

  • Administration
  • Applied Sciences (Engineering)
  • Applied Sciences (other than Engineering)
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Pure Sciences
List of programs offered to exchange students

Applicable for the academic year 2020-2021


Admission requirements

At the time they submit their application form to UQTR, students must:

  • be selected and nominated by their home institution before the deadlines established by UQTR;
  • be enrolled in one of the BCI-PQÉÉ partner institutions or an institution with a bilateral agreement;
  • have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time study in the program in which they are enrolled, as well as a total of 13 years of schooling for a Bachelor’s program (at least 16 years for a Master’s program and 18 years for a Doctorate program)
  • have found a program at UQTR which corresponds to their current studies, from the BCI list of programs available or those listed in a bilateral agreement;
  • remain enrolled full-time in this same program during their stay at UQTR (12 to 15 credits for Bachelor’s program, 9 credits for Master’s or Doctorate program);
  • obtain from the home institution approval of the course program they intend to take at UQTR (Form BIR-10);
  • Document Approval BIR-10 of the UQTR signed by the head of the home university;
  • have an excellent academic record (check the required average in the conditions of admission of your UQTR program).
  • be proficient in French (Level B2);
  • meet the specific admission requirements of the chosen program, if applicable

For BCI: See the BCI website for the criteria corresponding to the list of available programs and requirements.

For a bilateral agreement: see the agreement.

Application Deadline

Deadlines Nomination of candidates:

Send the student’s name, email address, and UQTR study program to echange.bri@uqtr.ca.

Fall semester and Fall-Winter double semester→ From January 1 to March 15
Winter semester and Winter-Summer double semester→ From May 1 to September 1
Submission of application form:

Students will receive an email with a link whereby they can access the online portal Move On.

Fall semester and Fall-Winter double semester→ From March 1 to 15
Winter semester and Winter-Summer double semester→ From August 1 to September 1
IMPORTANT Students who come for the Winter semester and their academic stay extends beyond the month of April are considered as students who come for a double semester (Winter-Summer).

Applying to UQTR

Before they submit their application, students must:
At the time they submit their application form to UQTR, students must:
  • be selected and nominated by their home institution at bir@uqtr.ca before
    deadline each year;
  • Comply with the admission conditions and the additional admission conditions of your study program;
  • Check that their email address (personal email) provided in the application form is valid;
  • Complete the UQTR Form BIR-10 (Course Selection) according to procedure;
  • remain enrolled full-time in this same program during their stay at UQTR (12 to 15 credits for Bachelor’s program, 9 credits for Master’s or Doctorate program);
  • Complete the forms requested by the UQTR and deposit the required documents on the Move On online portal. The link to access the portal will be emailed to students at the appropriate time;

Required documents






Required documents

–  BCI form (if the agreement falls under BCI-PQÉÉ)

–  Motivation letter

–  Curriculum vitae

–  All transcripts and official diplomas for:

each year of university completed (including the current year or semester);

the last pre-university year (Bachillerato, High School Diploma, Certificat d’enseignement secondaire supérieur, Bacc. français)

–  Copy of valid passport or a copy of student card

–  UQTR Form BIR-10 (Course choices)

–  UQTR approval document BIR-10 signed by the director of the sending university

Recommendation letter from a professor at the sending university

–  Attestation of language proficiency if the language of instruction at the sending university is other than French (see the Language of instruction section on Page 1 of this information sheet)

– Copy of birth certificate displaying the full names of the candidate’s father and mother

–  Printed portfolio or electronic version on a USB key for arts visuels programs (programs 7211 and 7212)

See the specific conditions for programs open to exchange students.


IMPORTANT French and English documents are accepted. Documents written in another language must be translated by a certified translator and must bear the translator’s seal.




Official response

Applicants who have been accepted into the exchange program will receive an official response (acceptance letter) by mail to their home address from the UQTR Registrar’s Office. They will also receive a document indicating the courses which have been approved by UQTR.


For refused applicants, we will send an email to the sending university and forward the application form to the next university on the priority list.


Language requirements

At UQTR, courses are taught in French. Students must therefore be able to speak, read and write French. The minimum acceptable level is intermediate/advanced or the equivalent of Level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


One of the following attestations are accepted:

Letter from the sending university verifying the student’s proficiency in French;

DELF (Diploma in French Studies);

DALF (Diploma in Advanced French).

Specific requirements for certain programs

Students must ensure that they have thoroughly read the specific admission requirements for each program. For example, some programs may require a higher GPA, or some courses may be unavailable.


Programs offered to exchange students

The list of programs that are offered to exchange students can be found here : list of programs available 

Course selection




Course choices

After ensuring that the desired program is offered to exchange students (see the list of open programs for exchange students), students must follow the procedure for course choices published on our website http://www.uqtr.ca/venir, in the section Programmes d’études.

IMPORTANT Students must ensure that the desired course is offered at UQTR during the exchange semester. The course timetable for the current academic year is posted until mid-February. However, timetables are similar from one year to another.


Academic calendar



University calendar

  Semester 1 (Fall): September to December

Semester 2 (Winter): January to April


For exact dates, click on the link for the university calendar.

IMPORTANT The exam period is included in each semester (generally the last two weeks of the semester).







Important dates

Semester 1 (Fall) Semester 2 (Winter)
Suggestion for arrival at campus 1 week before classes begin January 2
MANDATORY orientation session Last week of August (to be confirmed) January 5 or thereabouts
First day of classes Check the university calendar (see the University calendar section on Page 2 of this information sheet)
End of classes and exams Before December 24 Before April 30
Suggestion for departure date at end of semester December 24 April 30
IMPORTANT Students must enroll upon arriving at UQTR. In order to ensure that the enrolment process runs smoothly, they are invited to consult our website http://www.uqtr.ca/venir, and click on the section Préparation du séjour and should also familiarize themselves with the steps to follow upon arrival.



In the context of BCI exchange, work activities, off-campus internships and courses containing the word “stage“ [internship] are not available. UQTR is not responsible for students who complete an internship in Quebec during their studies. It is mandatory that students who plan to do an internship while studying obtain a work permit.





For more information about lodging available during their stay at UQTR, students must consult our website http://www.uqtr.ca/venir and click on the section

Préparation du séjour — Logement.








The Quebec university system consists of 3 study cycles. Students can access the first cycle after 13 years of schooling.


– Cycle 1: Bachelor’s degree (3 to 4 years)

–  Cycle 2: Master’s degree (2 years) and Cycle 2 Diploma (1 year)

–  Cycle 3: Doctorate (3 to 5 years)


To better understand the differences between the French and Quebec educational systems, we invite you to consult the following video.






Students must be enrolled in:

–  Bachelor’s program: 12 to 15 credits (4 to 5 courses of 3 credits each)

–  Master’s program, Graduate diploma, Doctoral program: 9 credits (3 courses of 3 credits each)

UQTR acknowledges that 2 European credits equal 1 credit in Quebec.


IMPORTANT One three-hour course (3 credits) = 3 hours of class attendance + 6 hours of homework each week, over a period of 15 weeks.

Grading system For more information about the UQTR grading system and transmission of the transcript to the sending university, students must visit our website http://www.uqtr.ca/venir and click on the section Dossier de candidature.
Enrolment certificate and study contract Students whose sending university requires conformation of arrival or of full-time enrolment (learning agreement, contrat d’études, etc.), can go to the Registrar’s Office (Suite 1221, Pavillon Albert-Tessier) approximately three weeks after the beginning of classes to have the director sign the document.


For more information about the insurance required for their stay at UQTR and about medical attention in Quebec, students must consult our website http://www.uqtr.ca/venir and click on the section Préparation du séjour — Assurances.