Université Laval

Founded 1663 | Quebec City, QC

Université Laval—famous for its successful Rouge et Or sports teams—is a large, research-intensive institution in Quebec City. It hosts four Canada Excellence Research Chairs—in photonics innovation, remote sensing in the Arctic, metabolic health and neurophotonics—as well as the Centre for Northern Studies. Laval’s law school and faculty of social sciences have produced some of Canada’s leading politicians, including former prime ministers Brian Mulroney and Jean Chrétien.

Entrepreneuriat Laval, a business incubator that helps students create personalized business plans, has contributed to the creation of more than 1,000 companies since its creation in 1993, and has raised more than $30 million in funding in the past five years. “At Université Laval, we redefine what it means to be a student and what it represents beyond graduation,” says rector Sophie D’Amours. “Our approach is centred around pedagogical innovation, supported and strengthened by an active and engaged community.”

The student body has approximately 8,000 international students from 125 countries, as well as non-francophones polishing their French-language skills at the École des langues vivantes. The university hosts around 210 student associations. Most of Laval’s nearly 40 buildings are connected by underground walkways—handy during winter—and eight kilometres of cycling lanes. Indigenous entrepreneurs at Laval now have access to resources and connections through the BMO Young Indigenous Leaders Program, run in conjunction with the department of wood and forest sciences.

Campus Buzz

Students will find Quebec City is one of the most culturally rich spots in Canada. The city is known for its vibrant Winter Carnival and the historic Plains of Abraham.

Standout Programs

• Business Administration: This program trains students in business fundamentals as well as skills essential to management, focusing on decision making, information technology, teamwork and communication. Internships and international mobility grants are available.

• Cinema and Digital Culture: Students explore film studies and practices, from early cinema to digital, and consider digital culture especially in terms of visual expression.

• Agronomy: Students in this multidisciplinary program, which combines theory and practice, learn about the sustainable management of agricultural systems while protecting resources and the environment.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)

$4,366 ($10,478 out-of-province students)

Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: R score 21-30 | Science: R score 22-34 | Commerce: R score 24 | Engineering: R score 21-29

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,847 | Part-time: 11,533

Graduates: Full-time: 8,090 | Part-time: 4,838

International Students: First-year: 13.5% | Graduate: 39.5%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 2,300 (first come, first served)

Residence Costs: Single room: $3,160

Cool Courses

• Coastal Environments and Global Changes: This course examines how humans have disrupted coastal ecosystems and the challenges that has created.

• Integrity in Sports: Students learn about intervention practices to ensure healthy training conditions for athletes.

Student Life on Campus

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