Université du Québec à Rimouski (Campus de Rimouski)

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Université du Québec à Rimouski (Campus de Rimouski)

Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) is a comprehensive French-language institution of higher education firmly rooted in the local community. Since its establishment by a group of visionaries in 1969, UQAR has helped to develop and spread knowledge across a vast area. The Rimouski campus where UQAR is headquartered meets the training and research needs of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Côte-Nord regions in particular, while the Lévis campus mainly serves the riverside communities of Chaudière-Appalaches.

UQAR is part of Université du Québec, the biggest university network in Canada with over 86,000 students. UQAR is present in various fields of knowledge and is actively involved in many teaching and research partnerships. Over the years, UQAR has developed special expertise in several areas of research that have significantly contributed to the institution’s international reputation, notably Marine Sciences, Regional Development, and Nordicity.

With its attractive undergraduate and graduate research and teaching programs, UQAR welcomes some 5,500 students every year, more than 230 of whom are international students from over 35 countries. It has one of the province’s highest success rates and its graduates are widely sought after by employers who recognize the quality of their training.

So if you have a thirst for knowledge, discovery, and success, or simply a thirst to push your own limits, look to UQAR to help satisfy your thirst. But remember-learning often makes you hungrier to know even more…


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.

Student Life

The administrative center of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and a bustling maritime community, Rimouski is also a genuine “student city” that hums with the activities of over 15,000 students every year (all levels considered). The label is no exaggeration when you stop to consider that students represent nearly one in three people living in this town of 50,000. TELUS Quebec, a major communications company, is also headquartered here.

Whether you’re interested in culture or sports, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Cinemas, shows, cafés, theaters, museums, art galleries, and concerts-every week brings its lot of activities and new faces to Rimouski.

With its superb natural setting and wide open spaces, Rimouski is the ideal spot for outdoor adventure-just outside the city center! Bike paths, sailing, golf, skiing, kayaking, hikes through the forest or alongside the water’s edge, everything is within easy reach, including indoor sports!

Rimouski also offers an outstanding range of social, cultural, and sporting activities: Festi Jazz, the Carrousel international youth film festival, Cinéma 4, an improv league, the Océanic hockey club, and much more!

Sports and Recreation

The Department of Sport and Physical Activities of UQAR (SAPS) provides its students and the population Rimouski diverse sports programming.

All full-time students of UQAR and those who are enrolled in an activity of the SAPS (at least one session) are eligible for the rental of sports equipment. (Ex: ball, badminton racket, cosom hockey, cross country skiing and snowshoeing).

Baskets located inside the locker rooms are also available for users of the center. This service includes a set of clothes (shirt, shorts, socks and towel) and maintain them after each of your workouts.

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