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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 833 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Canada.

Academic year: September – June

Major school holidays/break:


               New Year’s Day

               Family Day: February 18

               Good Friday


               Victoria Day: May 20

               Canada Day: July 1

               Civic Holiday: August 5

               Labor Day: September 22


               Remembrance Day: November 11

  • Note: Holiday observance and schedule may vary by province 


Structure of the University System


  • Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 4 years. In Quebec, students usually enter university after 2 years of college. They will spend 3 years at university earning a Bachelor's Degree.
  • The language of instruction in universities: French and English
  • Degrees offered: Associates, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate