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.
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.
Students can select from a wide range of programs at Université Laval, though this is primarily a business exchange. Students in other majors would need to be evaluated by the University of Laval to verify that there is room in that department for an exchange student.
You may search for programs and courses on their website:
The exchange program cost is based upon in-state tuition rates for a full-time course load. Out-of-State and International students pay the same rate for the purposes of study abroad programs.
Not included in this cost:
Housing abroad (arranged with and paid to host school)
Additional travel or medical insurance
Any transportation fees
Passport and Visa fees
Any additional or personal expenses
In addition, students are expected to pay Emergency medical insurance in the amount of $50/month.
Health and Safety
Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Every program participant MUST have a passport, valid six months from the date of travel. Students are responsible for their own immigration documents.
Students can choose between on-campus housing or many off-campus choices. Please see the University of Laval's resident services page for more information:
Students must be at least of sophomore standing when they attend, but may apply as freshman.
Graduating seniors may not participate in their last semester as program dates and processing time would delay their intended graduation.
This is primarily a business exchange, so greater preference is given to students admitted into the College of Business. Other majors are welcomed to apply, but placement must be determined by the host school after review.
A 2.75 GPA minimum is considered competitive for consideration.
Students are asked to not purchase tickets until they receive an acceptance letter from the host school overseas. This letter will have details on orientation dates and arrival airports.
Students are responsible for arranging their own flights and transportation to the host school.
Faculty and Contacts
Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:
Education Abroad Office, International Affairs (loc. CGS 101)
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-3104 Fax: (813) 974-4613