Université Laval

Kébec, the Algonquian name for a place "where the river narrows" describes the riverside city and capital of Quebec.

Université Laval, situated here in one of North America's oldest cities, is also the oldest university in Canada. It was also the first North American institution to offer courses in French, starting as a seminary in 1663 until its royal charter was received in 1852. A research-intensive university, Laval straddles the boundary between innovation and technological advancement and its links to history and heritage - it even has its own waltz, created by composer Wilfrid Beaudry!

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20-21 applications

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

Fall/Full year until March 5, 2020

Winter until September 15, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

21-22 applications

Opens November 1, 2020

Program details

Areas of Study: This exchange is with the Laval Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Science, and is open for studies in the following areas:

Faculty of Arts: 
CommunicationLanguages, Linguistics & TranslationCreative Writing, English, Spanish Studies, Theatre & FilmHistory including Art History, Museum Studies, and ArchaeologySchool of Languages (German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian) 

Faculty of Social Sciences: AnthropologyEconomicsPolitical ScienceSociologyIndustrial Relations. (Restricted: Social Work/Social Service, Psychology)

- Search links for "first cycle/premier cycle" for undergraduate courses, and "structure of the program/structure du programme". 

Course requirements:
Exchange students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits (equivalent to 12 units/credits at UCalgary, or 3 half-courses). The normal full-time workload for a bachelor's student at Laval is 15 credits (generally 5 courses per semester).

The list of courses available for the semester you are interested is a tentative wish-list. Laval cannot guarantee access, but you will register for courses when you arrive at Université Laval.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters, Fall and Winter:

  • Fall Semester runs from early September to late December.
  • Winter Semester runs from early January to late April. 
  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    You will also need to budget for expenses you may incur while in Québec, such as transportation, room and board, books, health and hospitalization insurance, personal expenditures, civil liability insurance, and so on.

    Quebec City cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here 

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

See housing information here.

There are four residences on campus, two of them coed. For more information on costs, room availability, and other possible living arrangements, visit the UL Residence Office website.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

Courses at Laval are taught in French. As such, applicants should have an intermediary or greater knowledge of the language. Students must have passed the TFI with a minimum score of 785/990 according to the Test de français international, or equivalent scores on other recognized French tests such as DELF or DALF are also acceptable. We recommend that you have completed at least two 300-level or above courses in French as certification of language proficiency will be required for non-francophone students.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.