Centre collégial de l’Alberta

The Centre collégial de l’Alberta is run by the French-language faculty at Campus Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta. The school opened in 2014 in response to a demand for college-level courses from Alberta’s growing francophone population. The province has the fourth-largest French-speaking population in Canada; more than 200,000 primary and secondary school students were in French-language programs in 2017-18.

The college offers three programs: a two-year diploma in business administration, a one-year certificate and a two-year diploma in early childhood education (ECE), as well as an eight-month health-care aide (HCA) certificate. The business administration and early childhood education programs are offered through distance learning. The HCA program includes a laboratory component, and both ECE and HCA programs include practicums. The school prides itself on small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere for students.

Located in Edmonton’s French Quarter neighbourhood, the campus is a cultural hub for Alberta’s francophones and includes Le Carrefour, a French-language bookshop and boutique. Eligible students can apply to stay at Résidence Saint-Jean, where residents commit to living in an entirely French-speaking environment for a total immersion experience. Anyone can join a range of francophone student clubs and sports teams. A free shuttle links Campus Saint-Jean to the University of Alberta’s North campus.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $5,659 $5,659 Yes

Cool options

  • Health-Care Aide: Based on the Alberta government curriculum, this program prepares students to become frontline workers on health-care teams that are equipped to work in both French and English.
  • Early Childhood Education Certificate and Diploma: In this program, students may complete one year to obtain a certificate or complete an additional year to obtain a diploma. Students learn how to introduce children to language and help them understand their environment. The program’s internships are completed in francophone daycare centres in the province.

Popular Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health-Care Aide