I'm also from quebec, I've heard University in states was 7 years becose they have general stuff to learn, they'll have lots of general knowlege stuff (history, english, latin, etc) and their specific courses (ex if your in med your med courses). College's same level as university but they have less or no general knowlege stuff, they go strait for specific stuff so they only have like 4 years to do. In Quebec CEGEP is where your can get a DEP (diplome d'étude profesionnel) wich is 3 years and with it you can get a job as technician and stuff like that and DEC (2 years) (diplome d'étude collégiale) wich means 'diploma of collegial study' but it's not realy related to college in states its a pre-university course, you cannot realy get a job with it, only go to university. The stuff you'll learn during your 2 years of CEGEP (DEC) is equivalent to the stuff you'll see the 2 first years in states college and university. France have similar system with Prépa (their CEGEP).