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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Quebec City

Why not study abroad in a stylish town full of energy, French heritage, history, and fantastic food? Quebec City is known for its gorgeous European flair, coupled with unimaginable natural beauty. If you love French-European culture, cuisine, and language, but don’t want to hop the pond to France, studying in Quebec City is a fabulous option. With the backdrop of the Lawrence River, cozy inns, incredibly delicious cuisine, fair prices, and historical character, you’ll discover everything there is to love when you study abroad in Quebec City.

Student Life in Quebec City

Part of Quebec City sits atop the cliffs of Cap Diamant (Cape Diamond) and part lies below, offering stunning scenery to wake up to every morning. One of the most notable city icons is the dominating presence of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac hotel. Dating back to its beginning in 1892, the hotel resembles a castle and remains one of the most visited hotels in Quebec.

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and once you arrive, you’ll immediately see why. Each storefront, cobblestone, and street is a page in the book of French Canada’s struggle for survival. In fact, the old part of Quebec is the only walled city in the U.S.A. and Canada.

One of the most amazing real-life “winter wonderland” scenes is the Quebec Ice Hotel or Hotel de Glace, about half an hour from Quebec City. Everything is on ice — from the bed to the fireplace to the pen used to sign the room contract. Some 350 tons of ice are used to create the perishable hotel, which is only available for the winter months.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Before you decide when to study in Quebec City, you might want to keep in mind the weather. The summers tend to be hot and humid while the winters tend to be cold and snowy. Fall and spring are short, but they offer pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and beautiful foliage. You can experience it all though if you choose to study abroad here for an entire year!

If you’re studying in Quebec City during the winter months, don’t miss the Winter Carnival. This colorful and famous annual event is home to parades, ice sculptures, snow slides, boat races, dances, music, and more during the first half of February. If you are studying during the summer months, July to September, make sure to observe the Fêtes de la Nouvelle, a re-enactment of the last days of the French occupation. 

The best way to get around the city is walking, riding the Métrobus, or riding the funicular (a steeply sloping railway). Just keep in mind that nearly 95% of Quebec City speaks French, so it’s recommended to learn a few phrases in French before you go to help you navigate the city and ask for directions. 

You’ll always have something to see while studying in Quebec City. To become familiar with this busy city, climb 31 floors to the top of Observatoire de la Capitale to get a great view of the whole city. The province of Quebec is an open book for photographers or photography students. With waterfalls and canyons, art and history museums, charming European streets, and magnificent French architecture, your camera lens is going to be focused on one amazing sight after another when you study abroad in Quebec City. 

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Languages Abroad

Develop a higher French fluency while studying abroad in Quebec City through Languages Abroad. Students can choose from a variety of French language programs and study at the College Merici. The programs are available year-round, and students receive a language proficiency certificate upon request after completing their program.


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Quebec City, Canada High School Summer Program

Our Quebec program is designed for students who are interested in exploring the French language and culture in an authentic immersive environment, and enjoying a pre-college experience on a modern, comfortable college campus at the Université Laval in Québec City. Our program in Québec gives our students a unique opportunity to experience European languages and cultures without leaving the A...


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Teen Language Camp in Quebec, Canada with Greenheart Travel

Improve your French fluency through a full language and cultural immersion program during Greenheart Travel’s teen summer language camp in Canada! You will get to study in downtown Quebec City, a bustling and historic city recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet international high school students from all over the world. Program at-a-glance: -- Beginners welcome! No previous Fr...


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Eurolingua One-to-One English Homestays in Canada

Learn English through a One-to-One Homestay arrangement. Students will be studying and living on a full-board basis at the private residence of their tutor. They will be sharing meals and all aspects of cultural and social life with their host family. Euroligua offers Rapid-Results Language Acquisition Programmes throughout the year, and accepts students aged 16 - 75 years and of varying la...


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Duke University

Participate in Duke University's study abroad program in Quebec. Students spend the summer studying Montreal's intersection of marketing and cultural identity. Courses and program excursions are taught in French, allowing students to immerse in the language and gain French proficiency.