What does CEGEP mean in French?

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Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel

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What does CEGEP mean?

CEGEP is a publicly funded pre‑university college in the province of Québec's education system. Originally a French acronym for Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel, known officially in English as a "General and Vocational College", it is now considered a word in itself. It refers to the public post-secondary education collegiate institutions exclusive to the education system in the province of Quebec in Canada. It is a loanword from French. Although all colleges in Quebec are colloquially referred to as CEGEPs, only public colleges are officially referred to by that name. Both public and private colleges have the same function in Quebec. Although they may occasionally be compared to junior colleges or community colleges, CEGEPs differ in that a Diploma of College Studies is required for university admission in Quebec unless a student enters as a mature student which typically means a minimum age of 21 with other requirements. Pre-university programs are typically two years in duration, which explains why secondary school and undergraduate degrees are both one year shorter in Quebec relative to elsewhere in Canada.

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