Semester exchange programs allow students the opportunity to earn USF college credit from a diverse set of subjects abroad, while still paying an equivalent to USF cost. Students are enrolled abroad and take class, live, and socialize with both locals and other international students, gaining a truly enriching experience and in-depth cultural immersion for one to two semesters.
With the rise of a knowledge-based economy, accelerating economic globalization, and much greater international mobility, Université Laval has taken an unprecedented initiative in the past few years, creating some 120 programs with an international dimension for students at all levels.
In 2007, Université Laval's International Office had signed 588 partnership agreements with institutions around the world. Thanks to this fantastic network, Université Laval's own students and those it welcomes from abroad have an opportunity to build intercultural and personal skills attuned to the realities of globalization.
Université Laval is now at the heart of an international network ...and it's within your reach!
Exchange programs are competitive and students are encouraged to begin the application process early to better focus on their personal statement and gather the needed recommendations.
Quebec City, Quebec.
No trip to French-speaking Canada is complete without a visit to romantic Québec City. There's a definite European sensibility here, and you'll feel farther from home than you are, walking down cobblestone streets and stopping in small shops selling everything from pastries and artisanal cheese to antiques and art.
The heart of Québec City is the Old City (Vieux-Québec), which is divided between the Upper Town (Haute-Ville) and Lower Town (Basse-Ville). By far the best way--and in some places the only way--to explore it is on foot. Even if you're only here on a day trip, seeing it is a must. Start in Lower Town at Place Royal, an impressive square with houses topped with Normandy-style roofs. Take the funicular to Upper Town, where you'll land in front of the Château Frontenac. While in Upper Town, spend time strolling along Terraasse Dufferin, a wide boardwalk that runs parallel to the river, from which you'll see the Laurentian Mountains. The city's finest 17th- and 18th-century buildings are in Old City, as are its best parks and monuments. Because of the fortified city's immaculate preservation, the Old City was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
But the Old City is just a part of the Québec City experience. Outside the city walls there are plenty of interesting areas such as St-Roch, northwest of the Old City, with its grand square, artsy galleries, and funky shops. Or, walk down the Grande Allée, or avenue Cartier in the area known as Montcalm, southwest of the Old City, for high-end shopping of all kinds, as well as the Halles Petit Cartier market.
Université Laval is one of Canada's leading universities in terms of research and international cooperation. This university can trace its origins to 1663 when the King of France, Louis the XIV, granted authorization for its creation, making it the first institution in North America to offer higher level education in French. Today Université Laval has pioneered in program assessment and strategic planning, and remains at the vanguard of the internationalization of teaching and research. Yearly, Université Laval attracts more than 2000 foreign students and many out of region Canadian students.