Université Laval admission requirements
Admission to Université Laval is based primarily on academic excellence. To be accepted into a program, you must hold the minimum diploma required for the level of studies you are pursuing and demonstrate an adequate level of French proficiency.
If you do not meet one of these requirements, you may still be admitted into one of our programs, provided you agree to complete qualifying courses. If this is the case, you will be notified when you receive a response to your application.
Specific program requirements
Admission requirements vary from program to program. Above-average results or a graduate research director, among others, may be required.
View the official program descriptions to confirm your eligibility.
Limited enrolment programs
A program where the number of admission applications received exceeds the number of available places. If your first choice is a limited enrolment program, we recommend that you pick a second or third option when you apply and select them carefully to increase your chances of being admitted to UL.
Limited space programs
A program where the number of admission applications received may exceed the number of available places. This is determined based on the staff and material required or on internship opportunities. If you apply to this type of program, we recommend that you pick a second or third option when you apply and select them carefully to increase your chances of being admitted to UL.
Once your application package has been assessed, you will be informed of whether you must take qualifying courses. These courses are personalized, related to your field of study, and allow you to:
- Take the prerequisite courses for your program
- Develop appropriate language skills for university studies by taking French courses at your proficiency level, if necessary
- Acquire the level of knowledge necessary to succeed at university
- Learn the tools and work methods necessary for university
The duration varies depending on the number of qualifying courses and level of language proficiency required by your program. View examples of qualifying course programs: administration stream, arts stream. music stream, science stream and humanities stream.
Because most courses offered at Université Laval are in French, you must have an adequate knowledge of the language to attend UL. After applying, non-francophone applicants must take the Test de français international (TFI) to assess their French proficiency level.
The minimum score required for admission varies from program to program. View the table of TFI scores required by program (PDF) (French only) to find out the level required for your program.
Based on your TFI results, you may be required to take French immersion courses in addition to your qualifying courses. If your results are below the minimum required, you will have to improve your French before beginning your qualifying courses. Université Laval offers a variety of French-language services for students.
*“Non francophone” refers to someone who completed elementary and high school in a language other than French.
Other French tests
Although the TFI is the main proficiency test, DELF, TCF, and TEF test results from within the past two years may be accepted, provided they include a written comprehension section.
Communication of results
Results from the TFI, or another language test, must be sent to UL before your arrival by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).