Québec City is located in the Canadian province of Québec, the eastern most province of the country. It is one of the few areas in North America to have preserved its French heritage and culture. Québec City's European charm and culture make it an engaging place to study. It boasts beautiful landscapes and numerous outdoor activities just outside of the city. It is home to internationally renowned festivals including the Festival d'ete, New France Festival, and the famous Winter Carnival. As a historic walled North American city overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Université Laval was the first francophone university in North America and is a leader among research universities in Canada. It has a strong reputation for its traditions, teaching, research and creativity. It was founded as the Seminaire de Québec in 1663 and later received a charter from Queen Victoria that transformed it in 1852 into Université Laval. The university has a student population of nearly 35,000, including 2,000 international students. Students are offered the following services:
Library: Get access to more than 4 million publications and an impressive number of multimedia resources.
Orientation and psychological counseling: Professionals help students sort out matters in their student or personal lives (i.e., academic difficulties, career goals and planning).
Student Activities Office: The office encourages and promotes cultural and social initiatives by students in a variety of events, including exhibitions, films/videos, musical performances, improvisation, dance, creative writing and other projects.
Sports activities: The university has one of the largest physical education and sports complexes in Canada with more than 20 indoor and outdoor facilities, including five gymnasiums, an arena with two ice rinks, a climbing wall, a fitness room, soccer fields, a swimming pool, and basketball, volleyball and tennis courts.
International student office: This office offers information and support for arriving students and orientation and referrals for problems that may arise.
Computer facilities: Students receive a free e-mail address and Web space and have Internet access anywhere on campus.
Restaurants: The university has 30 campus restaurant outlets and snack and vending machines in various buildings.
Laval has an extensive orientation at the beginning of each semester and a short orientation at the start of each summer session.
Laval University offers courses in business, economics, education, french language, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology. Visit Laval's course offerings page for more information.
The number of classes can range from four to five per semester and three per summer session. Students can receive an average of 15 credits per semester.
Laval offers four residences with 2,400 rooms, all connected to the Internet. Three of the residences are equipped with ultramodern communal kitchens. If you are seeking a living environment conducive to studying and an enriching experience, the residence office can help.