Study Abroad in Québec, Canada
Université Laval has been training, equipping, and guiding the decision makers who grapple with the major issues of society. Through the advancement and sharing of knowledge, its culture of excellence, and its global outlook, Laval's academic community contributes to the development and international profile of Québec. Still today, with the world at a crossroads, Université Laval plays a bigger role than ever in Québec City and on the national and international scene, both as a catalyst for change and as a visionary institution where knowledge, curiosity, and innovation are part of everyday life.
As North America’s first French-language university, Université Laval draws strength from its history and vitality.
Québec City is a truly majestic city overlooking the St. Lawrence River. With over half a million inhabitants, the city boasts a vibrant cultural scene and lively nightlife. In addition to its numerous bars, cafes, bistros, museums, theatres and cinemas, the capital is also home to several major festivals, including the Festival d'été, New France Festival and its famous Winter Carnival. The city is loved by sports and nature lovers as well, as its home to one of the largest parks in the world, the Plains of Abraham. The scenic city is also surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers.
Activities & Excursions
Upon arriving at Laval for Welcome Week, students will have the option to sign up for the Buddy Program, where you will be matched with a Laval student who can help and answer questions. Also through Discover Québec, you can sign up to join city or park tours, baseball or hockey games, or even go skiing.
Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad application. Once nominated by UNC, they will receive a link to complete an online application for Laval Université.
- Fall Deadline: March 12
- Fall Semester: Early September - Mid-December
- Spring Deadline: September 29
- Spring Semester: Early January - Late April
Most courses offered are in French, although there are a few undergraduate-level courses taught in English and some business courses are bilingual (assignments may be done in English or French). Students may also take 1-2 French language courses during the regular semesters (with an additional fee).
Student must be able to provide proof of proficiency in French. Laval Université will accept TFI 860, DELF and TCF C1 or any other official language test (no letters from teachers or program directors are accepted) showing the student has acquired sufficient knowledge and skills. This document has to be provided at the time of application or course selection.
Once students have submitted the application and been accepted to Laval Université, they will receive an email with instructions for online course registration.
Language of Instruction
- English (limited)
At Laval Université, every course is worth 3 North American credits.
For information on LU's grading system and grade reporting, please review page 3 here.
Laval Université invites any interested students to attend orientation and information
sessions. Students should arrive at least one week before classes begin to participate
in these activities and sessions.
Although students are not required to attend the orientation sessions, students ARE REQUIRED to arrive at least 3 days prior to the start of classes.
The LU school system has two regular terms, Fall and Winter.
September - December January - April
To be eligible to apply, students must:
have at least a 2.75 GPA
have completed two semesters or 24 credits at UNC
be competent in French (strongly recommended)
This program is open to students of all majors.
There are a limited number of spaces available each year.
Students may apply for either fall or winter term. Students interested in applying for a full academic year, please contact the Study Abroad Office.