You can apply for admission as a non-degree student to register for classes without entering a specific program. You will earn grades for the courses you take based on your assignments and test results, but you will not earn a degree.
Non-degree studies offer the flexibility to achieve certain academic goals, allowing you to:
- Earn credits before being admitted to a program
- Identify your educational needs and explore opportunities for meeting them
- Develop your cultural knowledge
- Acquire additional professional training
Credits associated with courses taken as a non-degree student may be used toward a degree if:
- You are admitted to the desired degree program
- The courses you took as a non-degree student are part of the program at the time of admission
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Registering for pre-university courses (qualifying courses)
For admission to pre-university courses as a non-degree student, you must hold a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) or its equivalent and have any required prerequisites to take the desired course.
Registering for undergraduate courses
For admission to undergraduate courses as a non-degree student, you must hold a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) or its equivalent and have any required prerequisites to take the desired course.
Registering for graduate courses
For admission to graduate courses as a non-degree student, you must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree, depending on the level of the course.
Registering for distance learning courses (studying outside Québec)
If you are a Canadian not living in Québec or a non-Canadian and want to enrol in distance learning courses from outside Québec as a non-degree student, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org after you submit your application.
- As a non-degree student you may not take more than 15 credits of courses that count toward a degree program. You also may not be registered in non-degree studies and a study program at the same time to add non-program courses to your schedule.
- Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for non-degree studies.
- International applicants living in Canada are eligible for non-degree studies for a period not to exceed 12 months. The permissions required from Québec and Canadian immigration authorities for you to study may differ depending on your home country and length of stay in Canada.
- International applicants taking distance learning courses outside Canada are eligible for non-degree studies. No Québec Certificate of Acceptance (CAQ), study permit, or proof of insurance is required.
- Not all Université Laval courses are available to non-degree students because registration restrictions may apply. Full details are available in the course description online.
- Since non-degree studies do not have a discipline strength index, you cannot improve your Laval score by taking classes as a non-degree student.
- You may audit courses under certain conditions, with the written approval of the department responsible for the courses. Auditors are enrolled in university courses but are not required to submit assignments or take exams (as a result, they do not earn credits).
Auditors are enrolled in university courses but are not required to submit assignments or take exams. No credits are earned for audited courses.
You may audit courses under certain conditions, with the written approval of the department responsible for the courses.
Tuition fees for auditing a class are the same as for regular enrolment.
Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information about non-degree studies and auditing.