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  • Locations: Quebec City, Canada
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Director: Ernberger, Monica Cumulative GPA: 3
Language of Instruction: French Host Country Language: French
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: EXPRO Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in Canada: Laval University

Program Features

CanadaWhy Canada?

The "Séminaire de Québec" was founded in 1663 and became Université Laval in 1852. As Canada's first university, Université Laval was the very first institution in North America to offer higher education in French. Université Laval is firmly established as a leader among large research universities in Canada and in the francophone world. The university has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence.

The main campus is situated in the modern part of the city. The Faculty of Architecture and Planning is in "Petit Séminaire de Québec" in Old Québec, and the School of Visual Arts set up shop in the "La Fabrique" Building in downtown Québec City. The university has 17 colleges and 59 departments. Université Laval campus is one of the most striking in Québec. It covers 1.2 sq km and has over 30 pavilions, all linked by 10 km of underground walkways. Université Laval attracts more than 2,500 foreign students yearly and has close to 1,000 out-of-province Canadian students for a total of 35,000 students.

The sport complex is one of the biggest in Canada and is free for all full-time students. Situated at the confluence of the European tradition and North America, Université Laval has a lot to offer to students from Québec and all around the world who want to get a high-quality university education in a dynamic research environment.




Québec City has approximately 648,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in the Province of Québec. 98% of the inhabitants speak French. It is the capital city for over 7 million Québecers. The city stretches out from the shores of the St. Lawrence, one of the largest rivers in the world.

Montréal is 2.5 hours west of Québec City. It extends north as far as the foothills of the Laurentians, the oldest mountain range on Earth, and east as far as Montmorency Falls. The city itself has much to offer, including a very famous historic part (Old Québec), art galleries, history museums, shopping malls, movie theatres, and much more. It is the only city in North America surrounded by authentic fortifications.

Old Québec City is the cradle of French civilization in North America. UNESCO added Québec City to the prestigious World Heritage List in recognition of its universal value and exceptional appeal. Québec City became the only city north of Mexico to receive this honor. Québec City's vibrant cultural scene provides a rich selection of offerings year-round. Film, theaters, music, art, literature, and a rich historical heritage inspire everything from colorful neighborhood celebrations to major crowd-pleasers such as the Québec Winter Carnival and the Québec City Summer Festival. The Old Capital is renowned for its historic charm, activities, and welcoming population."Québec City is a modern and dynamic city. At the crossroads between Europe and North America, it is awake to the political and economic realities of the day." -- Jean-Paul L´Allier, Mayor of Québec City



CanadaWhat courses?

Intensive French Program (semester or academic year): Students who place at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels on the placement test are directed to the full-time program Français langue étrangère (FLE); those at the superior level are placed in the regular programs of French as a second language (FLS). Each level focuses on understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Students may register for the autumn (mid-August to mid-December) and/or the winter (early January to mid-April) term.

Classes meet for 18 hours over five half-days per week; the full-time program earns 16 credits per semester. Emphasis is on oral French, so class size rarely exceeds sixteen students. Groups are subdividesemester or academic year): Students with sufficient French may enroll in regular academic offerings during the Fall and/or Spring semester. Students interested in developing their competence in French can enroll in the Intensive French Program offered either semester.

Grades do not transfer back, only credits; however, a LETTER GRADE will be on your official transcripts. They will not figure into your cumulative GPA; they will only add to your number of credits or fulfill requirements.  You can search for courses here.

Summer Intensive French Program: While this is not part of the exchange program or an Iowa State sponsored program, exhange students planning to attend Laval in the fall may wish to consider enrolling in this program to further develop the language abilities prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Other ISU students interested in French can also enroll in this program. Laval offers two five-week summer intensive French programs from mid-May to mid-June and early July to early August. Students may participate in either or both sessions. Courses generally total 7 credits for each five-week session, with one credit equivalent to 15 hours of class. Classes meet four hours per day; students also complete assignments in the language laboratory, at home, and in the French community. For program information go to Intensive Summer Courses at l'Université Laval. ISU students interested in this option should complete a non-ISU application in ISUAbroad in addition to the l'Université Laval application for the intensive summer course.

Students interested in applying for the University of Laval exchange program must have completed one year of study at Iowa State prior to the beginning of the study abroad experience and have a 3.00 GPA.


Cost and Scholarships

CanadaHow much?

For every ISU student participating in the exchange program, a Université Laval student comes to ISU. ISU students spend a semester or academic year in Laval and pay ISU tuition and fees, plus a $600 exchange program fee. Program costs do not include room and board in Laval, and students should plan for these and other additional costs.

Scholarships are available here.


CanadaWhere will I live?

Four student residences are offered to students for a total of 2,300 rooms. All rooms are single rooms and contain a bed, desk, telephone, desk lamp, bookcase, bulletin board, chair, armchair, dresser, closet, and a phone. In addition, there is a sink and medicine cabinet in every room. It is also possible to connect your computer to the Internet. Access to modern common kitchens, common living room, etc. It is also possible to rent an apartment or a room in Québec City. Many of them are situated next to the campus.
Almost all rooms are single, with kitchen and bathroom facilities shared with other occupants of the apartment.

Contact the Department of Residence to learn more.


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Social Life:

The social atmosphere at Université Laval is nonstop; there is always something to do! There are many things to do without even leaving the university. Students can always get involved with clubs, associations, and sports.Here are some special events in Québec City:

Winter Carnival (February): For 50 years, the mission of the Mr. Christie Québec Winter Carnival has been to organize an annual winter celebration with a view to creating a first-rate economic, tourist, and social event that all Québecers can be proud of.

Summer Festival (July): Québec City Summer Festival is one of the world's greatest cultural happenings. With its heady mix of name performers and rising stars, the Québec City Summer Festival features representatives from over 22 countries and 8 Canadian provinces and programming noted for its flavor, daring, and originality.

New France Festival (August): Unique in Québec, the New France Festival invites you to journey back in time to the 17th and 18th centuries under the French regime. Plunge into the festive ambiance of Québec City's bustling streets, concerts, shows, and costume parade in the authentic décor of Old Québec.