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Université Laval


A Summer of French and English at Université Laval

With close to 5,000 international students, 19% of whom hail from Latin America, Québec City’s Université Laval (UL) is a bustling center of global education in Canada. With such a diverse student body, the university strives to prepare foreign students for their program by offering affordable, comprehensive language programs.

French for All Seasons

Students interested in learning French will be pleased with the wide selection of French immersion programs at ELUL that are offered throughout the year. With seven different levels available during the summer session, ELUL’s French programs are recognized by the Ministry of Immigration of Québec (which means students may be able to have the official Ministry language exam waived).

French-Canadian culture is an important part of these programs and students may choose to live on campus or with a local family for a fully immersive experience.

Studying English at Université Laval

The seven-week summer ESL program, run by the Université Laval School of Languages (L’Ecole de Langues de l’Université Laval (ELUL)), is designed for intermediate- to advanced-level students and consists of intensive morning classes, afternoon activities, and cultural excursions.

For students interested in preparing before they arrive in Canada, the university offers a range of distance-based ESL classes. “It is a good option for students who are looking to come to Québec and don’t have their permits yet, but want to start getting involved with the university,” commented ELUL Director Rachel Sauvé.

Collaborating with Latin America

In addition to French and English language programs, students from Latin America often enroll in UL’s renowned distance-learning programs, which include certificates in topics such as information technology and food sciences.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at UL is very active in Latin America, and many students are able to take advantage of collaborative research opportunities.

These experiences often open doors to deeper levels of collaboration, and UL hopes to strengthen partnerships with key institutions across Latin American. “We want to make our partnerships stronger, and more research oriented. We are interested in graduate-level joint research collaborations amongst different disciplines, and a deeper level of integration,” commented Director of Partnerships and Development in Latin America, Luis Alejandro Kauachi,

As one of Canada’s most global-thinking institutes of higher education, Université Laval is committed to welcoming students, researchers, and partners from around the world.


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