Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) is a comprehensive French-language institution of higher learning 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.

One University, Two Campuses

Studying at UQAR means, first and foremost, opting for all the advantages of a university with a human face. UQAR has two campuses on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River: one in Rimouski, the other in Lévis. These two regional centres offer a lively cultural and sports scene typical of university towns, all in perfectly natural surroundings.

UQAR is part of Université du Québec, the biggest university network in Canada with some 100 000 students. The university is truly dedicated to serving the people of its vast territory and the students who choose to study there. With its attractive undergraduate and graduate research and teaching programs, UQAR welcomes some 7 000 students every year, more than 430 of whom are international students from over 45 countries. Key facts (in French).

UQAR also has a tradition of decentralizing its activities. Professors and lecturers travel to various communities throughout the region to offer continuing education programs in a variety of fields. In addition to its campuses in Rimouski and Lévis, UQAR has offices in Gaspé and Rivière-du-Loup. It also works closely with the Centre universitaire du secteur ouest de la Côte-Nord and the Centre d’études universitaires des Appalaches. Certain research activities are also conducted off campus, notably in the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands.

Fostering An Environment For Success

On both campuses, UQAR offers easy access to professors, community services and personalized support services. With an average class size of 30, new students can more easily adjust to university life and succeed in their studies.

Instead of cavernous lecture halls filled with hundreds of students, UQAR features small classes and accessible teaching staff.

A Hands-On Approach to Learning

In addition to their emphasis on academic success, many undergraduate degrees also include hands-on fieldwork and internships. Graduate programs stand out for their multidisciplinary approach and their links to institutional research programs and to tangible local, national and international issues. This speaks volumes about the spirit of mutual assistance that animates UQAR researchers and students.

At UQAR, students enjoy a friendly environment and access to teaching and research facilities that enable them to satisfy their thirst for learning.

A Student Life with a World View

In Rimouski and Lévis alike, UQAR offers a stimulating campus environment characterized by top quality teaching and research facilities, an exceptional natural setting, and a vibrant cultural and sporting scene that is open to the entire community.

The university is also involved in various cooperation and exchange programs with a number of different countries. UQAR has signed over 50 agreements with more than 20 countries around the world, particularly in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Rimouski : A City For Students

The administrative capital 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.

Rimouski’s educational institutions collaborate with partners in the cultural, sporting and social fields with a view to offering a wide range of services and leisure activities to students who choose Rimouski as their study destination. More on Rimouski (in French). 

Lévis : A City of Exceptional Dynamism

Located directly opposite Quebec City, Lévis offers breathtaking views and all the benefits of living right beside the river. This city of 140,000 people is renowned for its social and economic vitality. A partnership between the City of Lévis and 16 organizations in its territory helps make Lévis a welcoming and stimulating environment ideally suited to the needs of students and their families. The partnership makes every effort to ensure that a student who chooses to study in Lévis will choose to stay, work and live there as well.

As the main urban, commercial and manufacturing centre of the Chaudière-Appalaches region, Lévis has played an increasingly important role in the region’s development since the creation of the new City of Lévis in 2002. More on Lévis (in French).

Research : At the Forefront of Knowledge

With its Rimouski campus located on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, UQAR is the northernmost university in Quebec. The physiographic features of Eastern Quebec have put a distinctive stamp on the university’s research programs and helped define the three main multidisciplinary areas of research around which UQAR has made a name for itself: marine sciences, regional development and nordicity.

In recent years, UQAR has expanded its research activities and developed recognized expertise in fields like engineering, heritage, health, education and management sciences.

Marine Sciences

Ever since its establishment, Université du Québec à Rimouski has made the marine environment a vitally important field of study and research. Eastern Quebec is blessed by its unique geographical location along the vast St. Lawrence Estuary, home to an exceptional natural environment and a rich maritime tradition.

UQAR has brought together an extraordinary group of researchers whose expertise covers a broad spectrum of ocean-related issues.

Several scholarship programs are available to help students acquire new knowledge and improve their professional skills through various training activities, including northern field schools, research fellowships, oral and written communications, national and international mobility, and internships.

For more information, contact Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER).

Regional Development

It is no coincidence that Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) has developed expertise in regional development, far from it in fact. It is the result of a longstanding tradition of research and reflection that stretches back decades. Right from the time of the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s, government authorities in Québec City and Ottawa began to see the Lower St. Lawrence region and the Gaspé Peninsula as areas that would become laboratories for social experiments in regional development.

With the multiple disciplines it brings into play and the interest it generates throughout Québec, Canada, and the rest of the world, regional development is today one of UQAR's main areas of research.

In the regional development field, UQAR strives to gain a better understanding of the issues and problems that regions face due to changes in our contemporary economy and society. UQAR researchers and students analyze socioterritorial dynamics affecting the regions and come up with development assistance tools.

Research in regional development is both basic and applied, examining not only matters of rurality, rural development, challenges and opportunities for sustainable development, but also the economic and demographic evolution of local and regional communities.

For more information, contact Département sociétés, territoires et développement


Canada is, by definition, a northern country. Most of its territory is covered by boreal forest, taiga, and tundra. At a time of rapid environmental change, Canada's peoples are finding it increasingly challenging to harness, develop, and protect their northern resources, hence the importance of thorough knowledge of northern environments in order to better protect and manage them.

To better understand the impact of climate and other environmental changes, UQAR has devoted itself to the study of cold natural continental environments-nordicity-one of its three main areas of research.

UQAR has devoted itself to the study of the Far North and cold lower latitudes, a field known as “nordicity.” This area of research brings together professors, researchers, professional and students with a multidisciplinary interest in northern environments around a number of highly complementary disciplines including the biology, ecology, chemistry, and geography (both human and physical) of cold environments. The goal of nordicity research is to better understand the workings of continental environments in cold climates in order to respond to major challenges in conservation and sustainable management.

Among the key issues addressed are the evolution of northern continental environments in a global change context and the relations between northern environments and human societies.

For more information, contact Département de biologie, chimie et géographie.