• Candidate ProfileOpen or Close

    The ideal candidate:

    • has completed secondary studies

    • possesses both talent and potential, and is ready to pursue higher education and complete it within a 3-year period

    • has developed a high level of physical and psychomotor skills such as coordination, spatial orientation, flexibility and body awareness, and has demonstrated a degree of musicality

    • has undertaken advanced training in the circus arts or dance, or has practiced an advanced level of martial art or sport discipline such as artistic or rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, diving, or figure skating

    • shows obvious artistic inclination and great creativity, has determination and discipline, and seeks fresh challenges

    • is curious and autonomous, open to the world and to other artistic forms.  

    The candidate has a functional knowledge of French or English. A student who does not have sufficient mastery of the French language may be required to take additional language courses at the School.

  • Tuition feesOpen or Close


    Diploma of Collegial Studies in Circus Arts (DEC 561.D0)
    Entrance Exam Participation Fee$50*
    Admission Fee$200*
    Incidental Fee$320**
    Tuition fees for Canadians
    (as well as permanent residents or French students)
    $4,395 per year**
    Tuition fees for International students
    (with the exception of French students)
    $8,125 per year**
    Insurance fees for International students
    (with the exception of French students)
    $770 per year*

    *Fees subject to change.
    **Payable in two payments.


    Diploma of the National Circus School – DEE
    Entrance Exam Participation Fee$50*
    Admission Fee$200*
    Incidental Fee$320**
    Tuition$8,125 per year**
    Insurance fee (International students only)$770 per year*

    *Fees in Canadian dollars, subject to change.
    **Payable in two payments. 

    Fees include free access to the sports therapy clinic if needed.

    Please see here the differences between DEC and DEE and the courses details.

    The National Circus School Foundation offers assistance to students who lack sufficient financial resources through its bursary program.


  • RegisterOpen or Close

    Admission requirements

    • Excellent health (medical certificate may be required)

    • Successful completion of entrance examination

    • High school diploma (DES) or trade school diploma (DEP) or equivalent

    • For Canadian residents of other provinces than Quebec, a proof of accident and health insurance is required.

    • For foreign residents, present a Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ) and a license for studies (these are not required for doing the Entrance Exam)

    PLEASE NOTE : to register online, you must have all the following documents, scanned :

    - One passport-sized photograph (JPEG)
    - A legible copy of the birth certificate*
    - A legible copy of any certificates or transcripts confirming participation in an artistic or sports-related pursuit, relevant to School requirements

    *A legible copy of the most recent report card of secondary-school grades or, if necessary, the official transcript from the Ministry of Education attesting that a high school diploma (DES) or trade school diploma (DEP) or the equivalent has been obtained

    *If relevant, a legible copy of the most recent transcript of college grades*If the candidate wishes to apply for admission via video, the PDF Participation to the Entrance Exam Via Video with the URL link to the video.

    Complete your application form online in order to participate in the Entrance Examination and make sure to have all the required documents prepared in advance.
    The applicant must pay the $50 non-refundable fees for participation in the entrance examination. 



    For more information on the admissions policy, see this document. (French only)

    N.B. An incomplete request will be returned to the candidate who consequently will not be admitted to the entrance exam.

    * Only legible copies of all documents are to be provided with the application. Candidates officially accepted into one of the programs must provide certified copies or originals of each document (originals will be returned to candidates via post).

    For further information about the admission and the registration for the entrance examination, please contact us : 

    Tel : 514 982-0859 / Toll free in Canada : 1 800 267-0859
    Fax : 514 982-6025
    Email : [email protected] 

  • Entrance ExamOpen or Close

    Entrance exams are held in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Paris. The purpose of the test is to evaluate a candidate's potential and talent, and his or her capacity to acquire the skills at the level required by the program within the prescribed time.

    For a full description of the Entrance Examination requirements and stages consult this document: Higher Education Entrance Examination Description Sheet.

    CityDates of the Entrance ExamDeadline to Register
    MontrealFebruary 18 to 21, 2020 January 15, 2020
    TorontoThe exact date will be announced in Fall 2019 January 15, 2020
    VancouverThe exact date will be announced in Fall 2019 January 15, 2020
    ParisThe exact date will be announced in Fall 2019 December 15, 2019


    Completed forms must be saved on the School's online registration system before the deadline date.


    Application for admission and participation in Entrance examination 

    Candidates who have made their application for admission and received a written invitation from the School are allowed to take the Entrance exam. 

    Candidates must be available for the full duration of the Entrance exam.

    Participation to the Entrance Exam Via Video

    A candidate who has a valid reason (distance, health, family reasons, school refused permission, confidentiality concerns, etc.) may be exempted from being physically present at the Entrance Examination. In such a case, the application must be saved before January 15 and accompanied by a video with content that meets the exam requirements. The candidate must explain his or her absence by completing the Participation Via Video Form. Each application and the information therein will be treated as strictly confidential. For more information, applicants should refer to the Participation Via Video document.

  • Canadian Pre-Selection TourOpen or Close

    In the fall, the École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) will embark on a pre-selection tour in a cross-Canada quest for talented young people between the ages of 9 and 17. There will be stops in close to 12 cities coast-to-coast. The pre-selection tour is an opportunity for young people to have their potential evaluated and to meet the School's teachers, while also learning more about the programs and the life of a circus artist. To consult the list of cities visited and to register.

Scholarships are available, find out more!

Frequently asked questions about the higher education program.

Register for this program

Registration starts:
On October 18, 2019, at 7:00 pm
 (local time)

Next school year begins : 
August 2020

Registration deadlines :
December 15th, 2019 (Paris)
January 15th, 2020 (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) 

2020 Audition
February 18 to February 21, 2020

February 2020 (The date will be announced in Fall)

February 2020 (The date will be announced in Fall)

January 2020 (The date will be announced in Fall)

Video Auditions 
Before January 15, 2020 
(international candidates and those living in remote areas)