Université du Québec à Rimouski (Campus de Lévis)

UQAR - Campus Levis (Photo: Mario Bélanger)

Université du Québec à Rimouski (Campus de Lévis)

The University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR) is an institution of higher learning French, general purpose, particularly well located in the middle. Since its creation by a group of visionaries in 1969 UQAR contributes to the development and dissemination of knowledge in a vast territory. The Campus de Rimouski, which is headquartered, to meet the needs of training and research especially in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Côte-Nord. As for the Campus de Lévis, it primarily serves the area of the coastal region of the Chaudière-Appalaches.

UQAR is part of the University of Quebec, the largest university network in Canada with over 86 000 students. UQAR is present in several areas of knowledge and participates in many educational partnerships and research. Over the years, UQAR has developed lines of research major, now regarded as niches of excellence that have undeniably contributed to the international reputation of the institution. These marine science, the regional development and the northern location.

With its enticing research and of teaching the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles, UQAR hosts 5,500 students annually, including more than 270 international students from 35 countries. It has one of the best success rates in Quebec and on the job market, the quality of its graduates are recognized by employers everywhere.

Led by President Michel Ringuet, UQAR has a staff of approximately 400 employees, including 180 professors and teachers. Students can also receive input from a pool of more than 300 loaded (es) courses in various fields of specialization.

UQAR is distinguished by its dynamism, whether by the many conferences and activities that teachers and students involved, by the price that students consistently winning several competitions, such as Force-FUTURE, or a program like MobilUQ, which allows students from across Quebec to become acquainted with the geographical realities of the Gaspé and the North Shore.

The Campus de Lévis

Present since 1980 in Levis, the UQAR it hosts annually about 2,500 students. Easily accessible from Highway Jean Lesage (20) by Traverse Quebec-Levis and networks of transit of the North Shore and Shore, South Campus UQAR Lévis offers a living environment where all are able to “quench his thirst to learn.”  You want to integrate a university community in developing dynamic and exciting, choose to study at the Campus de Lévis and become active in its academic and administrative structures.  The undergraduate programs offered to full-time are:

  • the Bachelor of preschool and primary education
  • the Bachelor of Education in Special Education and Social
  • the Bachelor of Administration
  • the Certificate in Administration
  • the Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • the Bachelor of Nursing
  • the DEC-BAC Nursing
  • the Certificate in Community Nursing.


The drive and creativity of UQAR’s hard-working faculty have earned the university an international reputation for research. UQAR professors have obtained a number of research chairs, and the university is well ranked among institutions in its category for grants and major project funding.

Over time, certain multidisciplinary fields have become areas of research excellence around which UQAR has made a name for itself. Marine Sciences, Regional Development, and Nordicity are the university’s three main areas of research and they leave a distinctive stamp on many of the teaching and research programs offered by UQAR.

In marine sciences UQAR contributes to knowledge of the marine environment, not only in the vast St. Lawrence Estuary, but also at the North and South poles, thus furthering comprehension of global warming. Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER) has propelled UQAR to the forefront as a leader in ecotoxicity, aquaculture, and marine acoustics. ISMER boasts a hard-working team, well-equipped building, research vessel, and its own laboratory supplied with seawater. A scientific team from UQAR has also taken part in a Sedna IV expedition to Antarctica.

In the regional development field, UQAR strives to gain a better understanding of the issues and problems that regions face due to changes to our contemporary economy and society. UQAR researchers and students analyze socioterritorial dynamics affecting the regions and come up with development assistance tools. Topics of reflection include the social acceptance of windpower, social aspects of resource development, and the realities of rural and island life.

As for nordicity, the basic objective is to better understand the workings of continental environments in cold climates in order to respond to major issues in conservation and sustainable management. Acclimation of wildlife and forests to climate change and the phenomenon of bank erosion are two of the main issues under investigation.

New research initiatives in innovative fields such as design engineering, wind turbines in northern environments, historical regional literature, school persistence among young people, and school adjustment have also taken off at UQAR.

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