Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Universite Laval

Université Laval

Choosing Université Laval is choosing Québec City, the capital of the Province of Québec. The city is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, and is known for its European charm, breathtaking vistas, and unique neighborhoods. Over half of the campus is wooded areas, grasslands, botanical gardens and sports fields.


Location Quebec City, Canada
All terms
Fall Semester: early September-mid-December
Spring Semester: early January-late April
Summer: May-July
Areas of study
French, Management, Marketing
Housing   Residence hall
Passport Required       
Visa (for US citizens) Required


GPA 2.5
Grad credit Summer Business option only
Non-WIU   No
Pre-requisite None.  Basic French skills strongly recommended
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Entry Requirements

Passport:  Required. Must be valid for at least six (6) months after your study abroad program ends.  For information on how to apply for or renew a passport, see Passports 101 .
Current passport processing times are 12-18 weeks.  Plan accordingly to avoid issues obtaining your visa, airine tickets, and other necessary items for travel.  Failure to receive your passport in time can lead to postponement of your program.

Visa:  You must apply for a study permit before entering Canada if you are studying there for 6 months or longer.  Due to COVID-19, you must apply for a study permit if you are studying there for 6 months or less (7/29/21).  Study permit requirements can be found on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website .
Traveling to Canada without your study permit can lead to denied entry to Canada, forced removal from your program, and financial consequences.

Health Insurance

It is University policy that you must have international health insurance for the time you are abroad.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:
  • WIU Student Health Insurance
  • A supplemental plan (Patriot Travel Medical) from International Medical Group (IMG) .

Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED  to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this program. Proof of vaccination will be required prior to WIU registration.

Walking/mobility/travel - Expect more walking than on-campus.  It is a mixture of urban (pavement/concrete) and natural (grass/dirt) terrain, including uneven/hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Some historic sites and tourist areas have limited handicapped accessibility.  Sidewalks in these areas can be narrow with uneven surfaces.  

Vaccinations - No vaccinations are required for entry into Canada.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessibility - Accessibility and accommodation are very different from that found in the United States.  Please contact Disability Resources for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE  It is your responsibility to request accommodation from DR; staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location. 

Costs (Comparative Table)

last update 7/29/21
Semester Program
Items WIU Laval
Tuition 12 semester hours, plan V
4,690.00 4,690.00
Committment Fee   75.00
Health Insurance 795.00  250.00
Passport   135.00
Housing and Meals 4,900.00 2,256.00
Books and Supplies 480.00 200.00
Study permit   121.00
Required Canadian Health Insurance   300.00
Total 10,865.00 7,906.00*

*You are responsible for purchasing your own flights

Summer French Program
Items WIU Laval
Tuition 6 semester hours, plan V 2,345.00 2,435.00
Committment Fee   75.00
Health Insurance   125.00
Passport   135.00
Housing and Meals 1,560.00 1,200.00
Books and Supplies 240.00 100.00
Study permit   121.00
Required Canadian Health Insurance   150.00
Total 4,145.00 4,341.00*

*You are responsible for purchasing your own airfare.

Summer Business Program
Items WIU Laval
Tuition 6 semester hours, plan V
2,345.00 TBA
Committment Fee   75.00
Health Insurance   125.00
Passport   135.00
Housing and Meals 1,560.00 TBA
Books and Supplies 240.00 TBA
Study permit   121.00
Required Canadian Health Insurance   150.00
Total 4,145.00 TBA*

*You are responsible for purchasing your own airfare.

Various types of aid are available to help fund your experience.  Check out our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages for more details.


Exchange students at Laval take 4-5 classes per semester, equaling 12-15 sh at WIU.
Courses are graded on a 4 point scale with letter grades of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D and E.

Courses at Laval are taught in English or French:
English-taught classes are offered in the College of Business only . For more information about courses, see the Courses page of Laval's website .  Those taught in English are designated with a checkmark. 
You can take up to two French language immersion classes as part of your exchange semester.

French-taught classes are for students fluent in French.  French-taught classes must be from the same academic area as your WIU major/minor.  Proof of fluency is required by Laval for acceptance to French-taught classes.

French language immersion courses are for students who want to improve their fluency in French.  Courses are offered at five levels starting with Beginner.  You may register as a full-time student (4 or 5 classes) in the French immersion program.  These courses are taught during semesters only on a full-time basis.

Summer programs

Summer French: Laval offers 5-week French as a foreign language intensive programs during the summer.  You may take this as a stand-alone program to improve your French fluency or as a crash course in French prior to your exchange semester.  Either program is worth 6 WIU semester hours.  For more information, see Laval's School of Languages website

Summer Business: Laval offers various summer Business programs taught in English, open to students from any undergraduate discipline. The summer business program is not part of the exchange agreement.  You will pay program fees directly to Laval.  More information about the summer Business programs is available on Laval's International Summer Business Universities page


The accommodation option at Université Laval is residence halls.  There are four residence halls on campus, three co-ed and one for women only.  More information is available on the Université Laval Student Accommadation website .  On-campus housing is not guaranteed. 



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