PEP online training courses - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to participate? 
Participants must hold an undergraduate degree in economics or related fields.

What language are the courses in?
The courses will be offered in English and French. 

Are there scholarships for students who are interested but cannot afford the fees due to financial constraints?
Unfortunately, we currently have no funding available to provide scholarships, although we hope to do so in the future.

Are there any additional fees?
No. The course fees cover any bank fees and the course materials will be supplied by PEP i.e., access to the required readings and software for the duration of the course.

Is it possible to take more than one course in a year? 
It is possible to take more than one course per year, but it is probably best not to try to do all three at the same time. We calculate that you need to devote an average of six hours per week to each course.

How quickly can one complete the full program of three courses?
Courses are offered once a year, January-April. We fully intend to offer the courses again in 2023 but have not yet received formal approval from Université Laval for this. If approved (we have no reason to doubt this), you could successfully complete two courses in 2022 and one in 2023, or vice versa, in order to finish in a period of 16 months: i.e. January 2022 - April 2023.

How are courses organized?
The courses are organized as a series of weekly lessons (narrated PowerPoint presentations) with accompanying readings available for selected participants through Université Laval’s course portal. New classes are published at the beginning of the week and can be attended at the participant’s convenience (but preferably as soon as possible after publication to allow time to address any questions that may arise). Exercises and evaluations are to be completed every week or two at set times, and one or two exams must be taken. An active forum is provided where you can ask questions of the instructor and interact with other course participants. More details on specific courses are provided in the draft syllabi, which are available through a link at the end of the short course descriptions above.


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