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Université Laval

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The Université Laval is located in Québec City, Canada. Laval is the oldest center for education in Canada and is the first French Language speaking university established in the new world. It is one of Canada’s most prestigious research institutions in Canada. It hosts more than 400 academic programs and has a student population of 37,000 with more than 2,500 international students.

It also is home to the largest sports complex in Canada. It has over 30 buildings all linked by underground tunnels, allowing students to avoid inclement weather. The students union includes a pub, restaurants, cafeteria, hair salon, bookstore, and more.

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Application Deadline for Fall: March 12
Fall Semester: late August - mid-December

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: Early January - April/May



Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee





Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing and/or Meals




Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$700 - 1,000

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


Québec City is a European- style city on the banks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. It has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is listed as one of North America’s top ten tourist destinations. The city caters to all interests with museums, art galleries, theatres, and sports venues. Its location near lakes, forests, and mountains provides the outdoors enthusiast with numerous opportunities. This is the prime location to explore the development of French culture in North America.

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Students will be paired up with an international buddy who will help show them around campus and get them acclimated to life in Québec. Welcome week includes nightly activities. The international student office will also organize cultural activities and field trips. Additionally, students can get involved in a plethora of outdoor activities in and around Québec City.

The International Activities Centre plans activities throughout the year as well for international students.



Students have three tracks of study depending on their interests and language ability. Students may enroll in business courses offered in English, intensive French language, or the full range of university courses taught in French.

The business school at Laval is AACSB-accredited allowing business students to transfer most courses back to their degree program at UNC. The Monfort College of Business has developed a list of transferable courses for business majors.

Click here for all available courses at ULaval.

Students wishing to study French language may enroll in the 15-week intensive French language program during the semester. Laval offers all levels of French language.  There is a $90 fee per 3-credit French course.

Students with a high level of French language ability may enroll in regular courses taught in French. Laval has programs comparable to nearly every major offered at UNC.

ULaval also offers an intensive French language summer program. More info here.

Language of Instruction

Language courses in French

Business courses in English and/or French



To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC.



This program is open to all majors with no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.



Students will live in student dorms on campus and eat inexpensively at campus cafeterias. Rooms come equipped with kitchens and bathrooms.

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Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad Application and an additional application for U Laval, which they should obtain from their Study Abroad Advisor.



U.S. students do not have to apply for a visa in advance.


Photos UNC students have taken while in Quebec

Vieux Quebec Street (Photo courtesy of Hailey Sands)

Vieux Quebec
Vieux Quebec including Chateau Frontenac (Photo courtesy of Hailey Sands)

Residence Halls
Residence Halls (Photo courtesy of Hailey Sands)

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