The Laurentian region includes several educational institutions that drive innovation and wealth creation in the territory. We have a high quality school system with a variety of training programs suited to the needs of our region.
The Université du Québec en Outaouais (Saint-Jérôme campus) and the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Mont-Laurier centre) are the two universities present in this territory. It is also important to note that all Quebec universities, including the TÉLUQ, now offer an impressive range of remote learning programs.
Finally, many vocational training centres are established in the region and offer numerous interesting and shorter training courses. The list of vocational training centres in the Laurentians, as well as the training programs are available on the Admission FP website.
Considered a university with a human dimension that facilitates learning and reflection, the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), located in Gatineau and Saint-Jérôme, has been able to grow, evolve and adapt its programs to the needs of its clients while taking the regional characteristics into account. Since 2010, UQO has chosen to build a campus in Saint-Jérôme, the regional capital of the Laurentians, which has ample green spaces and heritage and is halfway between Montreal and Mont-Tremblant.
With close to 2,500 students, the UQO Saint-Jérôme campus offers staff that is attentive to the needs of all. There are 8 undergraduate university programs:
- Education (elementary and special education),
- Management (administration, accounting sciences and industrial relations),
- Counseling (psychoeducation and social work),
- Computer science.
Training courses vary according to your needs, you can opt for a certificate (1-year program), a bachelor’s degree (average program is 3 years) or a master’s degree (average program is 2 years). You can learn more about these offers at:
undergraduate programs available at: https://uqo.ca/premiercycle
graduate programs: https://uqo.ca/cyclessuperieurs
It is also possible to follow more targeted one-day or longer training courses. We recommend you to take a look at our continuing education opportunities: https://formation-continue.uqo.ca/
Studying in Saint-Jérôme means:
- enjoying living in the heart of the Laurentians,
- access to all the perks of a downtown area,
- benefiting from a diversified student life.
UQO supports its students with numerous free personalized services, such as the Service aux étudiants en situation de handicap (SESH), the Centre d’aide en français écrit (CAFÉ), financial aid and scholarships, orientation and psychosocial support.
To watch a 1 minute 15 second tour of the Saint-Jérôme campus, click on the following link:
HUMAN, CREATIVE AND AMBITIOUS! These are three qualities that best describe the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). When studying with us, you’ll discover a world where knowledge, expertise and leadership come together. A world that is accessible and believes in you and your skills and that will take you where you want to go. You will discover your own world!
The Centre régional de l’UQAT in Mont-Laurier is located at the northern tip of the Laurentian region. The City of Mont-Laurier is strategically located at the crossroads of highways 117 and 309 in the heart of the Montreal, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Gatineau and Lanaudière regions. There are close to 56,000 people within a one-hundred-kilometre radius of this Upper Laurentians central point. The development of this 27,170 square kilometre territory is mainly based on three sectors of economic activity: forestry, agriculture and tourism. They are all linked to the territory’s abundant natural resources such as the forest, fertile land, water and beautiful landscapes.
Hosted by the Centre collégial de Mont-Laurier of the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, UQAT has been established in the Upper Laurentians for over 15 years. Some thirty undergraduate and graduate programs are currently offered. This year, almost 700 students are enrolled in one or another of the full-time and part-time programs offered in fields related to management, human and social development, education, health, digital creation and Aboriginal studies.
The advantage of coming to us is that you can study in an exceptional environment. Imagine a wilderness as far as the eye can see, riddled with over 4,500 lakes and rivers. A region inhabited by people with heart and soul, evidence of unforgettable experiences... Our territory presents a large number of activities of all kinds and welcomes outdoor enthusiasts with spots for hiking, canoe camping, cycling, climbing, fishing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding and ice fishing. However, the Upper Laurentians is also known for motorized sports such as ATVs, dirt biking and snowmobiling, thanks to its many mountains and large forests. Not to mention that our region will also offer you rich and diversified shows and cultural events.
Plan your future and reveal your true colour!
One of the largest CEGEPs with some 6,000 students, Collège Lionel-Groulx is a public institution of higher learning with a long tradition of quality and social commitment dating back to the Séminaire de Sainte-Thérèse in 1825.
As a key partner in regional development, the College is committed to improving its educational pathways in order to adapt to new regional issues. More recently, it added the early childhood education DCS program to its 26 pre-university and technical programs and the multiplatform mobile application development AEC program.
For the future student, planning his or her arrival at the CEGEP or a return to school can raise many questions. It is important to know that in CEGEP, the student is the main driver in his or her success, but there are many resources available to help him or her along the way.
To begin the adventure, it is important to first choose your colour and the type of program that best suits you. To choose the program that matches your skills and personality, the institution suggests that you take a look at your different areas of interest. By choosing Lionel, students will be well supported in their academic endeavours.
Our various programs are divided into six areas of interest:
- Sciences and health: for someone who is focused on logic and who enjoys science and problem solving.
- Human sciences: for a person who is fascinated by humanity in all of its aspects. Programs in the « Human sciences » family include the various humanities disciplines (anthropology, economics, geography, history, politics, psychology and sociology) as well as programs specific to the medical field, childhood education, history, office automation and documentation.
- Management and administration: these programs lead mostly to occupations with managerial and administrative tendencies or within the purview of logistics planning.
- Agriculture and horticulture: for someone who cares about the environment, cherishes nature and wants to contribute to a world that values local agriculture.
- Arts and creation: for the person who loves to imagine worlds, to create works of art with their ten fingers, to express themselves through music, writing or theatre, or who is fascinated by the world of media and communications.
- Technology and innovation: for the person who is on the lookout for technological developments of all kinds, who is passionate about automation, home automation, robotics and who is always looking for ways to make their daily life more efficient.
Once you’ve established your interests, it’s not always easy to settle on a single program. The Open House event is a great opportunity to cement your choice by meeting staff, faculty and many current students while touring the institution. In the meantime, it is possible to visit the College online.
Studying at Collège Lionel-Groulx means not only choosing from a wide range of programs, but also taking advantage of personalized services: academic guidance and information, financial aid, individual educational support, psychosocial assistance, various subject-specific help centres, guidance and support for the success of students with functional limitations or diagnosed learning disabilities, computer and audiovisual resources, and a large library.
Its vibrant environment offers hundreds of sports, social and cultural activities. Embracing a dynamic student life allows you to expand your network of contacts, gain experience and live unforgettable moments. It is also part of the coveted path towards success and professional and personal fulfillment, allowing students to develop in all their personal dimensions.
For over 50 years, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme has contributed to the socio-economic development of the Laurentians by promoting access to higher education. From Saint-Jérôme to Mont-Laurier, by way of Mont-Tremblant, the establishment is a key partner within the business community, but also for the general public.
The Cégep de Saint-Jérôme represents:
- 7,000 students in general education, continuing education and business.
- 700 employees.
- 3 campuses in the Central Laurentian (Saint-Jérôme, Mont-Tremblant and Mont-Laurier)
We offer, among others:
- 27 pre-university and technical training programs in the regular sector.
- 1 technical training program and 14 attestation of college studies (ACS) programs in the continuing education sector
- The possibility of having your experience recognized and obtaining a diploma in certain programs with a prior learning assessment process.
- Free French courses in collaboration with the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI).
Here are some links to help you with enrolling at one of the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme campuses.
Admission requirements and information needed to choose the right program
Read the admission requirements and the program description on the home page of each program to help you make the right choice.
If you wish to apply as an international student, please see our dedicated sections, as programs and admission requirements differ.
Skilled training is right after high school education and is open to both youth and adults. Certain programs may be accessible after having successfully complete the 3rd or 4th year of high school.
Skilled training allows students to learn a trade in a concrete way and to quickly enter the job market. Skilled training programs can last between 600 and 1,800 hours. Completing a training program takes anywhere from a few weeks to two years. Longer programs lead to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) while shorter programs lead to a Skills Training Certificate (STC). For those with a DVS, professional specialization opportunities are available through an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS).
The range of vocational training programs in the Laurentian region is quite broad. Numerous training centers serve the entire territory through five school service centers. There is an opportunity for everyone!
- CS Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier: CDC Laurier Lachute and CFP CDC Construc-Plus Vocational Centre
- CSS des Mille-Îles: CFP de l’automobile, CFP l’Émergence, CF agricole de Mirabel, CF des Nouvelles-Technologies and CFP Construc-Plus
- CSS des Laurentides: CFP des Sommets, CFP L’Horizon and École Hôtelière des Laurentides
- CSS des Hautes-Laurentides: CFP Mont-Laurier, CF du transport routier (Mont-Laurier pavilion)
- CSS de la Rivière-du-Nord: Centre d’études professionnelles, CF du transport routier de Saint-Jérôme, CFP Centre Performance Plus