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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.

Learn more about Student Activities in the "During your studies" section

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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.

Course Registration

Once students have submitted the application and been accepted to Laval Université, they will receive an email with instructions for online course registration.

Learn more about available courses

Language of Instruction

  • French
  • English (limited)


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.

  • Visa

    Students studying in Canada for 6 months or less are not required to obtain a visa. However, some students may choose to obtain a study permit.

    Exchange students may work up to 20 hours/week with a study permit, if they meet the requirements. Learn more here.

    Learn more about visas, study permits, and travel documents

  • Costs

    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.

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

  • Housing & Meals

    LU sets aside a limited number of rooms for exchange program students in the fall semester. Students intending to live in on-campus housing should return the reservation form (send with their admission documents) as soon as possible. In the winter term, housing is on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Students are also able to live in off-campus housing.

    Learn more about housing amenities and options

  • Program Fees (billed to student's Bear account)

    Tuition & Fees


    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


    Total Program Fees


  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student's account)

    The below 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.

    Housing & Meals




    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-country Health Insurance


    Test/Course Materials
    Essential Daily Living Expenses (some expenses included in Housing/Meals above)
    Total Estimated Expenses
    Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)