Located in Canada, in the Province of Quebec, the Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution that offers the opportunity to benefit from an academic education that is recognized and valued around the world. The Université de Sherbrooke is host to more than 40,500 students, of which 10,200 are registered at the University of the Third Age. The Université de Sherbrooke has been welcoming international students ever since it was founded. Currently, 2,200 foreign students from 96 countries worldwide attend the Université. More than 82% of the students enrolled at the Université are from outside Sherbrooke region. There are 6634 employees at the Université de Sherbrooke, including 3800 professors, lecturers and clinical professors. In Quebec, universities are the only source of higher education. The North-American system is not comprised of grandes écoles or private higher education institutions. North-American universities are considered prestigious establishments and students receive high quality training and recognized diplomas. They can be compared to the European institutes of higher education (grandes écoles) for the quality of education, while remaining affordable. The Université de Sherbrooke is situated in the southern part of Quebec, 150 km from Montréal, 220 km from Québec City and some 40 km from the American border.