International Programs and Global Engagement

Université Laval, Canada

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Université Laval is the oldest French-language university and the second oldest university in North America, an institution of international repute and high academic standards. It ranks among the thirteen top research universities in Canada. It is located in Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec, on the St. Lawrence River. Quebec City is a city filled with extraordinary culture and history, with its architecture, pedestrian-friendly streets and fortifications that are unlike anywhere else in North America. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is known as the cradle of French civilization in North America. Its charming Old Quebec quarter (15 minutes from the university) is home to the Chateau Frontenac In the winter, you can visit the ice hotel.

The study abroad program at Université Laval is with the Faculté des sciences de l'administration (Business Administration Faculty), accredited by AACSB and by the prestigious EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) due to its mission to have internationally-oriented and innovative curriculum as well as maintenance of dynamic partnerships with the business world. The French language program at the Université is one of the best in the world. Although Quebec is bilingual (French and English), most of the people in Quebec speak French for the most part, giving students a wonderful opportunity to practice the French language skills they are acquiring in the classroom.

Participants can study business (taught in English) and the French language, choose to concentrate on French language study, or take courses in other fields taught in French if they have the required French proficiency.

The university has more than 45,000 students, including approximately 4,000 international students, and many clubs and student associations to join. It has one of the largest sports complexes in Canada. It's over 40 buildings are all linked by a network of pedestrian tunnels.

Course Offerings

All students participating in this study abroad program are required to take at least one French language course per semester.

Business Courses Taught in English
Business courses taught in English are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students with no previous French language will enroll in a 6-credit beginning French language course (2 classes) at Laval's Language School and the appropriate number of business courses to meet the full-time unit requirement. Students with at least one semester of French language before participation will enroll in at least one 3-credit French language course and the appropriate number of business courses. Courses in general are worth 3 credits each.

French Language Study from Beginning through Advanced Levels
Students in any field may study the French language full-time at the renowned Laval Language School through this program. French language courses are offered in fifteen-week sessions at the elementary, intermediate, intermediate-advanced and advanced levels. All students except those at the very beginning level of French will be required to take a placement test at the Laval Language School. At the beginner or intermediate levels of French, it is possible to take 12 language credits in a semester. A student at this level could take 12 credits of French language and add a business course taught in English to obtain a full-time load. An up-to-date list of these French language courses can be found at: Please note that all courses in the Language School are tuition-free to our students, but there is an activity fee of approximately CAN $93 per 3-credit class.

In the fall, French courses at the advanced level are offered by the Université Laval Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Translation. Courses can be found at:

Business Courses/Courses in other Disciplines Taught in French
Students with sufficient French language skills (advanced level) may take business courses or courses in a variety of other disciplines taught in French alongside the students of Quebec. If you are interested in disciplines other than business, you should check with the Sac State International Programs and Global Engagement office to determine availability for the courses in which you are interested.

Keep in mind that students who participate for an academic year and concentrate on taking French language courses at the Language School during the first semester may be prepared to take a few courses taught in French during the second semester.

Summer French Language Intensive Program
Students participating in the study abroad program starting in the fall semester have the opportunity to register for a French language intensive program for non-francophones (FLE courses) offered through the Language School during early July to early August of the summer session. This is a 5-week, tuition free program, worth 6 credits, for which an official transcript will be given (be sure to sign up for the credited, not non-credited, program). This program is the best way to jump start your semester in the fall and to discover Quebec City at its most beautiful: Summer Festival, New France Festival, free Cirque du Soleil street performance, the Image Mill, Expo Quebec, and much more!

There is an activity fee, for the activities planned in and around Quebec City (approx. CAN $400). In addition, you would pay for your living costs for housing, meals, and the required student health insurance. Students who participate would start in July for this program and stay for one or two regular semesters at Laval, all with the benefits of being on exchange and not paying international student tuition fees. More information can be found at:

Academic Requirements

All participants are required to be full-time while studying in Canada and, thus, take the equivalent of 15 units during each semester for undergraduates and 12 units per semester for graduates.

Applicants should have upper division standing with a declared major at this university by the end of the semester prior to departure or have classified graduate standing at the time of the application deadline, good academic records, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates or better at the time of application. Applicants who want to take courses taught in French in their field of study must have completed a minimum of two years of college French or the equivalent. For this option an even higher level of French language is recommended. There is no French language pre-requisite for applicants who want to study French full-time at the Laval Language School from the beginning level. There is also no French language pre-requisite for those business majors who want to take business classes taught in English at Laval. In most cases, the lower division course requirements of the appropriate field of study must have been completed by the end of the semester prior to departure. All applicants should check to ensure that they are on track for meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The applicant also should be prepared to accept the challenge of study in a country with an educational system different from our own.


The academic year is divided into three sessions: fall, winter and summer. A session is a 15-week period during which classes are offered. The fall begins in late August and ends mid-December. The winter (our spring) begins in early January and ends late April/early May. Exams normally are held in December and late April/early May. The fall and winter sessions each include a reading week when there are no classes held (the week is not a holiday but is for catching up or getting ahead in academic work).

The welcome and orientation week takes place the week before classes begin, usually the last week of August for fall and during early January for the winter session. The Faculté des sciences de l’administration (FSA) organizes the program to help students with their integration into the Université. Students meet new peers and discover their new home, while getting the necessary administrative tasks completed. The week is filled with activities such as visits to Montmorency waterfall, Orléans Island, guided tours, football games, etc.

Financial Responsibilities / Estimated Costs

Students accepted to the program will pay the usual California State University, Sacramento fees, remain eligible for financial aid (except work/study), if otherwise qualified, and receive resident credit just as if they were attending classes at this university. (Please note that equivalency of courses falls under the jurisdiction of the academic department.) Université Laval has agreed to waive non-resident tuition, making this a particularly attractive opportunity for participants. Students will pay for their travel to and from Quebec, room and board, books and incidentals. In addition, each student must have the required insurance during his or her stay in Canada.

Expenses for a semester at Laval are estimated at the following: usual undergraduate fees - $3,324 (graduates would pay the graduate fee), airfare - $820, insurance - $520, housing - $2,000 for 4 months (about $300 a month on campus and from $300 to $500 a month off campus), food - $1,200, books - $300, incidentals (including local transportation, clothing, entertainment) - $1,600. Total: $9,764. The estimated expenses for an academic year are about $18,708. This estimate is given for planning purposes only and is subject to changes from currency fluctuation, inflation, and fee changes. Keep in mind that students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas as well as paying the activity fees associated with taking courses at the Language School. The costs for these are not included in this estimate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Campus financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, is applicable abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility by contacting Joy Fisher(study abroad contact) in the Sacramento State Financial Aid Office. Students also are encouraged to investigate and apply for scholarships for their study or research abroad. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, is available on the Office of International Programs and Global Engagement website. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, are available at

International Activities Centre

The International Activities Centre (IAC) is the students' first point of contact when they arrive at Université Laval. It is located in the Faculté des sciences de l'administration in Pavillon Palasis-Prince at 2325 rue de la Terrasse. The IAC (International Activity Committee), a student run organization, is there to help maximize the student's experience during his or her stay in Quebec City. It arranges the welcome and orientation week for international students as well as organizes activities throughout the year. It administers a "buddy" program for incoming students to be able to get to know Laval students. Buddies usually communicate with incoming students by email before the students arrive in Quebec and try to arrange a pick-up service from the Quebec City airport, train or bus station.

The IAC welcomes more than 200 international students each semester. Its organized activities usually include river rafting, visit to the sugar shack (where maple syrup is made), hockey games, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, ice fishing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating, and much more. Because of its location, students also easily can visit nearby destinations such as Eastern Canada, New York, Boston, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Montréal.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted for one semester or one academic year. The application deadline for participation beginning in the fall semester for the academic year or the fall semester only is March 1. The application deadline for participation during the spring semester (when spaces are available) is September 15. Applications can be obtained from the Office of International Programs and Global Engagement in Lassen Hall 2304, tel. (916) 278-6686.

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