Cégep de Sainte-Foy

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Cégep de Sainte-Foy is a French-language CEGEP in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the borough of Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge. There are nearly 8,000 students registered at the college, making it one of the largest in the province outside of Montreal. It was founded in 1967.


In 1967, cegeps were established in the province of Quebec, following the criticism brought by the Rapport Parent. Indeed, before the law 60 was adopted, the costs to access to higher education were too expensive, the level of education was too poor and the admission to superior school was too strenuous. This legislation led to the construction of twelve cegeps in Quebec, including the Cégep de Sainte-Foy.

The Cégep de Sainte-Foy was founded on July 1, 1967. However, the education system began long before that. Actually, in 1862, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools[1] created The Quebec Commercial Academy, located on Auteuil’s street, which welcomed one hundred and fifty anglophone students. At that time, only boys were allowed to study at that college. In 1865, this institution moved to the intersection of Sainte-Angèle and Elgin’s streets.

Having proven themselves as a credible educational facility, they moved once again in 1893 to Cook’s street and were in the obligation to expand the establishment to Chauveau’s Avenue, due to the excessive number of students attending the school. In reason of its growing clientele, The Quebec Commercial Academy sold its installations, which were located at the center of Vieux-Québec,[2] to the provincial government.

In 1961, the construction of the new school began on Chemin Sainte-Foy. However, it is only in 1962 that the establishment is ready to welcome students. Since 1965, the school opens its doors to girls. It is officially named Cégep de Sainte-Foy in 1967.


Cégep de Sainte-Foy is located in the heart of Sainte-Foy, Quebec.[3] It is a good place to start learning because it is overflowing with many schools and is very student oriented. You can find Fernand-Seguin elementary no farther than a mile away, De Rochebelle secondary school two miles away and Laval University one block away.

Also, there is much life around Cégep de Sainte-Foy with many apartments around the cegep to accommodate students that live outside the city. You can easily find a place to stay if you live far away. There is a movie theatre, groceries, fast foods, gyms, and many other services all around. The biggest shopping malls of Quebec City (Laurier Québec, Place Sainte-Foy and Place de la Cité) are in walking distance. The nightlife is not to be underestimated, with many small bars close by and the Star Bar night club for some wild nights.



There are seventeen pre-university program at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy. These programs are distributed in three big categories which are letters and arts, natural sciences and human sciences. In letters and arts, the students can choose between eight programs which are visual arts, culture and arts, literature and arts, creation and cinema and music. There are also double DEC linked with music which are music and natural sciences, music and human sciences with or without mathematic. In natural sciences, there are two profiles to choose from and a double DEC: the regular profile, the environment, life and health profile and science, letters and arts. In human sciences, there are five profiles to choose from and a regular DEC. The different profile are discovery of human sciences (with or without math), organisation and management with mathematics, help relationship and social intervention (with or without math), education and culture (with or without math), international issues and challenges (with or without math)and the DEC is civilisation and history.[4]

  • Science, letters and arts:[5]

Science, letters and arts, also known as integrated DEC (D.I.), is a two years integrated triple DEC combining natural science, human science and letters and art. In this program, students will see the human under every possible angle. As there are only few student accepted every year (65 in 2012), groups are smaller than the average and stay the same in each class for every semesters. In addition, teachers of this program are chosen among the bests and must be implicated in their students' scholar life. Therefore, they offer special activities such as trip to USA or special conferences related to culture or to the material presented in class. To be accepted, there is no quota, high school students must only have over 80% of academic average. It makes the D.I. the only elite program offered in Cegeps. The most important part of this DEC is the eligibility for EVERY university programs, except for graphical arts and music. Many people could think it comes with an overwhelming work charge, but it is comparable to natural science. If you are interested in this program and would like to know if you have the typical profile, there is a test, in French, on the CEGEP web site. [2]

  • Music:

The music department of the CEGEP Ste-Foy is founded in 1982. There is only fourteen CEGEP in the entiere Québec that offers the music program and the CEGEP Ste-Foy is the only public one in Quebec city, because the Campus Notre-Dame-De-Foy is a private college.[6] Each year, the music program count approximately 250 students in 3 different programs, music, music/science and music/social science. Students learn how to master correctly their instruments, but also learn more on the music history and its evolution through years, they learn how to analyze pieces of music, to do solfege and musical dications so they can develop their ear. There is a wide choice of instruments the students can learn: Trumpet, trombone, percussions, piano, guitar and many many more...[3] Students can participate to many musical activities, contests, concerts and they can take part to five different big ensembles, wind orchestra, chamber orchestra, choral singing, stage band and vocal jazz.

  • Film Studies[7]

Film Studies is a 2-year pre-university program. It brings the student to know more about American and Quebec cinema industries, which are more related to the cegep's culture, as well as foreign films while teaching how to make a movie through writing scenarios, creating storyboards, creating movie posters, filming, acting and post-production. It also brings the student to learn about other related arts such as theatre and literature. At the end of the program, a student will have made an animated movie, a movie poster, publicity and a short fiction movie. Besides offering the basic courses such as French, philosophy, physical education and English, the program offers classes such as Filmmakers and influences, Art history, Photography, Film production and more.[4]

  • Natural Sciences:

The Natural Sciences program is a 2 years program. Its goal is to prepare the students to University. It leads to a specific collegial studies diploma. The main goals of the Natural Sciences program are to make sure that the students are able to apply the scientific process, learn in an autonomous way and resolve problems in a way that is systematic. It also aims the development of abilities like to reason rigorously, communicate precisely, establish links between science, technology and society’s evolution and finally to adopt useful attitudes towards scientific work.[8]

Furthermore, the specific goals of this program are to analyze literary texts, to assess the contribution of social sciences to contemporary issues and to study the living organization, its different mechanisms and its diversity.

There are 4 semesters for the 3 different programs (namely the regular profile, ELH (Environment, Life and Health) and Sciences, Letters and Arts).[9]

The Natural Sciences program is one of the main pre-university programs at CEGEP de Sainte-Foy. It is divided in three branches: the regular profile, the Environment, Life and Health science program (ELH) and the Letter and Arts science program.[10] The Environment Life and Health program focuses on multidisciplinary work and gives a higher importance to environment than the regular profile.[11] The Letter and Arts science program has more social science and art classes than the regular profile although they have less science classes.[12] These three different programs lead to the same diploma and are considered equal when it comes to university admissions. However, the people in the Letter and Arts program will see their grades slightly improved since their program is considered harder than the two others.

The regular program has the most flexible curriculum and the most students. They can choose five of their 28 classes.* Of those five classes, two are not necessarily science related.[13]

ELH is, as its name says, more environment and health-related. In the first semester, the mechanics class is replaced by a biology class and the two biology classes are mandatory.[14] ELH students also have an Environment class in their third semester,[15] instead of being able to choose between nine different science classes. Unlike the regular profile, ELH classes are in closed groups, which means that, except for English classes, complementary courses and physical education, ELH groups are not mixed with students of other programs.[16]

Extracurricular Programs[edit]


LINK is a program offered to the students of the Cégep de Sainte-Foy. Its name stands for Language Interaction N’ Knowledge. It offers three different choices[17] to students who which to improve their English: the first one is an immersion course. It can either be at a school recognized by the Cégep, in an English environment or in another program such as the “Programme Explore”. These have to be 4 weeks or more to officially be recognized by the Cégep. The second choice offered to the students is to participate in 10 courses totalizing 20 hours offered out of the normal school calendar at the cost of $50. The final choice is to participate in extracurricular activities in English such as plays or conferences. All of these allow the student to apply for one of the 14 scholarships of $2000.


Continued Education[edit]

The Cégep de Sainte Foy offers a large selection on continued education programs. First started in 1967,[18] those programs are aimed to workers, enterprises or persons who want to reintegrate the working space.

Programs vary from administration, marketing, insurance, language, health and communication. Some programs are offered as an Attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) or a Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC).[19] The Cégep can also recognize past courses or working experiences to remove unnecessary classes.

The Cégep also offers a francization program to immigrants coming from all over the world, helping them integrate Québec's working place. Officially recognized by the MICC[20] since 1999, the program offers full-time intensive courses – 1 and a half or 2 years long, depending on the education level[21]—or an auto-learning centre with and an open schedule.



The Cégep's library”. is located on the main floor beside the cafetaria. It is divided between two floors. On the first floor, two small computer laboratories and a larger one also used as a formation room can be found. Usual documents, such as dictionaries, atlas or grammars, a rental counter for books, DVDs or videotapes and another one for audiovisual equipment are also located on the same floor. The library's rules [22] concerning the loans allow students to borrow books for a period of 21 days or videotapes and DVDs for 3 days up to 5 documents. On the second floor can be found the library's books distributed between 2 collections : the Cégep's ones and the Academy's ones. The Academy's books are in fact the documents that were owned by the Quebec's Academy, which was created by Christian Brothers in 1862, before it was renamed Cégep de Sainte-Foy in 1967. Finally, on both floors can be found tables and closed rooms available for students to work.

The Adapted Services[edit]

The Adapted Services is an organisation composed of an assistant director, specialised educators, counsellors in special education, interpreters, and secretary that offers a multitude of services to students who have particular needs. Any student who is characterized by one of the situation below can get some help at The Adapted Services' department:

• Hearing impairment

• Motricity impairment

• Visual impairment

• Temporary incapacity (injury, sickness, medical treatment, etc. )

• Mental disorder (bipolarity, depression, schizophrenia, paranoia, etc.)

• Attention deficit problem (with or without hyperactivity)

• Learning disability (dyscalculia, dyslexia, etc. )

• Neurological disorder (traumatic brain injury, Asperger syndrome, etc.)

• Biological disorder (cancer, Chron disease, epilepsy, etc.)

The procedure [23] to get any particular service is the following:

Step 1: Notify your situation to the person responsible at The Adapted Services by phone or in person.

Step 2: In April or May, you will receive a confirmation of your admission at the cegep Sainte-foy. Afterwards, send a request of the particular needs you would like to receive to the person responsible.

Step 3: Provide an official medical certificate or professional evaluation explaining your condition. It should include recommendations concerning the accommodations that should be given.

Jobs possibility[edit]

There are plenty of jobs[24] that can be found at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy, either you want to be teacher, professional, technician, manager or administrative staff. You can imagine that the Cégep is like a full society, where you can be an electrician, a cashier, a guard or a cook. Therefore, the jobs are not always related to the educational sector. You can easily apply to the Cégep de Sainte-Foy by giving an electronic version of your curriculum vitae on their Website or by handing it in person at the human resources department, near the Salle Albert-Rousseau and the Margelle. The administrative staff are willing to give jobs at any time of the year.


The SAS is the Cegep de sainte-Foy's sport and recreation department. In French, SAS stands for "Centre des activités sportives", which translates into "Sport and activities center". The SAS is in charge of the organization and coordination of every major sport event held in the Cégep de Sainte Foy. The services it provides are divided into two main categories; The SAS offers sport classes and activities, which are accessible to everybody (basketball, soccer, badminton, gym, diving, fencing, volleyball etc.)but they also are in charge of the cegep's official sport team "Les Dynamiques", which includes a cheerleading, a volleyball, a basketball and a soccer division. The SAS is also in charge of everything that has to do with the pool and offers part-time jobs for students. The jobs available include secretary and lifeguard. For more information, the SAS's website comes in handy:[25]

Psychology services[edit]

Many psychologists and social workers collaborate with numerous partners within and outside the Cégep. Moreover, they also work for the Psychosocial Intervention Team whose mission is to promote mental health's importance and to act as a protection for the students. The offered services are as follows:[26]

  • Intervention for students with psychosocial issues;
  • Postvention following a student's death or any traumatic events that happened within the Cégep;
  • Psychological well-being promotion and mental health issues prevention;
  • To offer advices to the collegial community who are concerned about students with psychosocial issues;
  • To offer advices to the student's parents frequenting the Cégep;

Each year, approximately 500 students use the psychology and intervention services in the Cégep de Sainte-Foy.[27]

The most frequent motives for consultations:

  • Anxiety;
  • Stress during exams and oral presentations;
  • Break ups;
  • Mourning;
  • Isolation, trouble to keep or to make friends;
  • Worries about someone's mental health;
  • Procrastination;
  • Loss of motivation for classes;
  • Depression, insomnia;
  • Noxious perfectionism;
  • Alcohol and/or drug issues;
  • Sexual orientation, transgender;
  • Suicide;
  • Mental health issues, etc.



The Wazo is a coffee shop located inside the Cégep de Sainte-Foy near the main entrance.With a lot of tables, it can be used as a place to meet you friends and relax, to eat or to study. They sell food and drinks. You can buy sandwich and hot drinks at a reasonable price. You can also bring your own lunch from home since there are many microwaves at the disposal of the student.It is used as a second cafeteria during lunch time since the main one is always full near 12 P.M.The coffee shop is divided in two part: the outside is where you can find tables and coffee machines and the inside also have table but you can buy food and drinks.

The Coop

Founded in 1971, July 24 th, the Coop of the Cegep de Ste-Foy is part of a bigger organization, the FQCMS (Fédération Québécoise des Coopératives en Milieu Scolaire), who’s one of the major collectives offering services in schools in the province of Québec; indeed, its total income in 2011 was of 17,1 million dollars.[28] The slogan of this store goes like this: L’effet Boomerang: parce que ça vous revient! Year after year, it provides students an excellent shortcut for buying all at once the books, school furniture and electronic stuff (like a computer, a pair of headphones or a brand new flash drive) they need to start the semester on the right foot. Its prizes are definitely competitive, since they drop them for their members (all the students of the CSF are part of this community). It also includes the cafeteria service of the school, as well as the Café Wazo, which is often involved in activities taking place in the evening. Too see the store ours of the Coop’s different services, click here”.

The foundation[edit]

The Cégep de Sainte-Foy’s foundation is an organisation that offers scholarships and financial assistance to help their students with realizing their dreams and projects. The foundation is managed by the Cégep de Sainte-Foy’s administration.

A part of their found come from teachers, parents and company’s donations. They also raise money by organizing fundraiser, like the Run for the Foundation that took place on October 10th, 2012. With the participation of 560 runners, mostly students and teachers from Cégep de Sainte-Foy, the Foundation rise more than 3000$.[29] In February 2012, they also raised 65 000$ by organizing a benefit-show with the Quebecer singer Ima.[30] All the money collected was given back to students.

In 2011-2012, the Foundation helped 536 students for their great commitment in a project, a humanitarian trip or at school, by giving more than 142 175$[31] in scholarship and financial assistance.

The API[edit]

What is exactly an API?

First of all, API are the letters for Aide Pédagogique Individuelle. Basically, it is a person who works in a cégep and helps students with their schedule problems. But an API does more than that, he or she is there to make sure that the maximum of students experience success.

In short, an API is a person whose job is to facilitate the life of the students by helping organize everything that is surrounding the classes themselves.

You go see an API when you want to; ”.

  • Change your choice of classes
  • Change something in your schedule
  • Quit a class
  • Change program
  • Adapt your schedule with your personal situation
  • Get credits for a class

You can also meet an API if you have questions about the consequences of quiting or failing a class, taking a class for a second time, summer and distance classes, rules of the cégep and other stuff like that.[32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  3. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/index.php
  4. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/
  5. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/sciences-lettres-et-arts/description/
  6. ^ Portail du réseau collégial | Musique
  7. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/cinema-et-creation/description/
  8. ^ http://www.mels.gouv.qc.ca/sections/publications/publications/Ens_Sup/Affaires_universitaires_collegiales/Ens_collegial/200.B0_Sciences_de_la_nature.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/index.php?id=4
  10. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/
  11. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/sciences-de-la-nature-profil-environnement-vie-et-sante/description/
  12. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/sciences-lettres-et-arts/description/
  13. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/sciences-de-la-nature-profil-regulier/grille-de-cours/
  14. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/sciences-de-la-nature-profil-environnement-vie-et-sante/grille-de-cours/
  15. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/sciences-de-la-nature-profil-environnement-vie-et-sante/grille-de-cours/
  16. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/sciences-de-la-nature-profil-environnement-vie-et-sante/description/
  17. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/fileadmin/Programmes-07/Depliant_LINK.pdf
  18. ^ Formation continue: La Formation continue
  19. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/fileadmin/DFC/Programmes/defferencier_diplomes.pdf
  20. ^ Immigration et Communautés culturelles Québec - Page d'accueil
  21. ^ Formation continue: Programmes AEC et DEC: Francisation: Cours intensifs à temps complet
  22. ^ http://biblio.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/index.php?id=26601
  23. ^ Services adaptés: Admissibilité Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/freesite/index.php?id=41433
  25. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/freesite/index.php?id=31569
  26. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/freesite/index.php?id=25169
  27. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/freesite/index.php?id=33091[permanent dead link]
  28. ^ http://www.fqcms.com/webconcepteurcontent63/000023840000/upload/FEDERATION/RapportCoopsco2011-FINAL-web.pdf
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  32. ^ http://www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/freesite/index.php?id=25163

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Coordinates: 46°47′12″N 71°17′13″W / 46.78667°N 71.28694°W / 46.78667; -71.28694