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Studying at Université Laval

First Nations and Inuit Applicants

Whether your career plans involve working in your community or elsewhere in the country or abroad, Université Laval has a variety of programs, program options, and teaching methods tailored to your needs so that you can achieve your goals.

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Admission to Université Laval

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. See the admission requirements for each type of applicant.

Reserved seats in limited enrolment programs

Many limited enrolment programs have reserved seats for applicants who hold a college or university diploma, are Québec residents, and are recognized Inuit or registered members of a First Nation.

If you would like to be considered for one of these seats, you must voluntarily indicate your Indigenous status as part of the application process. If you choose not to declare your Indigenous status, you will simply be considered an in-province applicant.

How reserved seats are assigned

The way reserved seats are assigned varies depending on the program.

Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Science

Two above-quota seats are reserved for applicants who hold a college or university diploma, are Québec residents, and are recognized Inuit or registered members of a First Nation.

Program description and admission requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology

Two seats are reserved for applicants who hold a college or university diploma, are Québec residents, are recognized Inuit or registered members of a First Nation, and have an R-score higher than 22.

Program description and admission requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Law

Three above-quota seats are reserved for applicants who hold a college or university diploma, are Québec residents, and are recognized Inuit or registered members of a First Nation.

Program description and admission requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology

One above-quota seat is reserved for an applicant who is a Québec resident and a recognized Inuk or registered member of a First Nation.

Program description and admission requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Psychoeducation

One above-quota seat is reserved for applicants who hold a college or university diploma, are Québec residents, are recognized Inuit or registered members of a First Nation, and have an R-score higher than 22.

Program description and admission requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work

Two seats are reserved for applicants who hold a college diploma in social work and have the equivalent of at least two years of work experience. Two seats are reserved for applicants who hold a college or university diploma, are Québec residents, are recognized Inuit or registered members of a First Nation, and have an R-score higher than 22.

Program description and admission requirements

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy

Two above-quota seats are reserved for applicants who are members of a Québec First Nation or a Québec Inuit community. To be considered, applicants must have a college or university R-score of 27 or higher.

Program description and admission requirements

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy

Two above-quota seats are reserved for applicants who are members of a Québec First Nation or a Québec Inuit community. To be considered, applicants must have a college or university R-score of 27 or higher.

About the quota

Undergraduate Doctorate in Medicine

The quota for Québec First Nations and Inuit applicants is a provincial quota.

Up to six seats per year are open to these applicants for the four faculties of medicine in the province. There isn’t a specific number of seats per university. Where possible, the applicant’s choice of university is respected.

About the quota

Undergraduate Doctorate in Pharmacy

One seat is reserved for an applicant who holds a college or university diploma, is a Québec resident, is a recognized Inuk or registered member of a First Nation, and has an R-score higher than 27.

Program description and admission requirements

Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology

Two above-quota seats are reserved for applicants who are recognized Québec Inuit or registered members of a Québec First Nation. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher (out of 4.33) for their bachelor’s degree at the time of application.

Program description and admission requirements

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First Nations and Inuit in teaching and research

At Université Laval, experts in every field take an active interest in issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Québec, across Canada, and around the world. 

On social and political issues, health, economic and social development, culture and heritage, natural resources, or architecture, numerous projects are led in collaboration with Innu, Atikamekw, Huron-Wendat, and Inuit groups, to name but a few.

In addition to the courses and programs that focus on Indigenous realities, many teams of professors, researchers, and students work in close collaboration with Indigenous communities, creating opportunities to share traditional and academic knowledge and culture. Here are just a few of those projects:

Testimonies

“I’m a firm believer in activism and advocacy and really wanted to get involved in the university community. I had the opportunity to join the Indigenous Health Interest Group (GISA) and help develop a mini-school project in the health sciences. The goal of the project was to introduce Indigenous youth to the health professions and promote the value of graduation and higher education.

As a future health professional, I want to work in Indigenous communities and provide proper care. As a member of a First Nation, I’m very aware of the realities and issues faced by Indigenous communities.”

Ève Martin-Riverin
Medical student
Pessamit Innu Band

“ULaval opened up new horizons that went beyond my expectations. I want to tell future Indigenous students not to be intimidated by the size of the campus and the number of students, and not to worry too much about the specific path for your studies or your job prospects after graduation. Believe in yourself and say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. I’m convinced that education is the key to galvanizing Indigenous communities and achieving self-governance.”

Suzie O'Bomsawin
Graduate of the Combined Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Politics and the MBA in International Development and Humanitarian Action 
Abenaki Nation, Odanak

“I’m from Mashteuiatsh, but I grew up outside my community. My academic and professional paths were shaped by my interest in integrated resource management and Indigenous forestry. The Master’s in Forestry at Université Laval was the springboard I needed to deepen my understanding of Indigenous issues, which led to a career as the manager of a unit dedicated to protecting Innu land and rights."

“I’m now the Director of Land Rights and Protection for Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan, which has services and programs to make sure Pekuakamiulnuatsh  can practice their traditional activities.”

Steve Morel
Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Development and Environment, Master’s in Forestry
Pekuakamiulnuatsh Nation, Lac-Saint-Jean