Study in Quebec: Designated Learning Institutions

Designated Learning Institutions (DLI)

According to a new law that came into effect on June 30, 2017, foreign students who want to study in Quebec and pursue a training program with a duration of more than six months must have an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).

A DLI is a school approved to host international students by a province or territorial government in Canada. In order to obtain a study permit to study in Quebec and to receive a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ), the institution where you plan to study must be recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education in Quebec or any other Quebec government ministry. So, the applicant should make sure that the selected institute is on the list of designated educational institutions because once the processing fee is paid, it is non-refundable.

There are around 420 educational institutions in Quebec which are Designated Learning Institutions. Being issued a certificate acceptation du Québec (CAQ) to study in a post-secondary institution means your institution is designated. In the case where the institution you are studying in loses its DIL status while you are still enrolled, you can continue studying in that institute until your study permit expires. However, if you wish to renew your study permit, you will have to enrol into an educational institute in the list of Designated Learning Institutions.

The DLI Process

The process of looking for the Institute of your choice in the designated learning institutes database is to:

  • First, choose the province or territory your educational institute is located in.
  • Type in the name of the educational institute and the city in which it is located.
  • The name of your DLI and DLI number will appear. You can write the DLI number under the section ‘Details of intended study in Canada on the application for your study permit.