RMC Saint-Jean ensures officer cadets a smooth transition from high school to university by providing college-level and first-year university programmes in Science and Social Science. Each programme is offered in the first official language of the candidate and includes the Preparatory Year and First Year.
Preparatory Year, commonly known as Prep Year, is equivalent to grade 12 in most provinces and to the first year of college-level studies (CEGEP) in Quebec. The CEGEP programme is the normal entry point into the Canadian Military Colleges (CMCs) for Quebec high-school graduates. This academic year is also designed for students from across Canada who demonstrate strong academic ability but are missing prerequisites for direct admission to First Year. Following successful completion of Prep Year, students typically begin their undergraduate degree at RMC Saint-Jean.
This academic year is designed to provide the same university-level programmes offered at Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in Kingston. Students who meet the prerequisites may be given the opportunity to complete First Year at RMC Saint- Jean without the need to attend Prep Year. Upon completion of their two years of study, students who meet all the requirements of the Quebec Department of Education receive a diploma of college studies (DEC). After completing their Preparatory Year and First Year at RMC Saint-Jean, students then pursue their studies at RMCC in Kingston.
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