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Are you a student in China interested in attending university in Canada? Check the admission requirements and the minimum diploma required to study at Université Laval.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate programs

To be admitted to an undergraduate program at Université Laval, you must hold a pre-university diploma attesting to 12 years of education and have completed 1 year of postsecondary studies.

If you do not meet these requirements, you may be required to complete qualifying courses at Université Laval before starting your program. This year consists of 30 qualifying credits, and possibly 6 credits in the university program you have chosen, over two semesters. The qualifying year is available for unlimited enrolment programs only.

Graduate programs

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must hold the minimum diploma required and meet the admission requirements for your particular degree program.

Minimum required diploma to be admitted to ULaval

Degree you wish to obtainMinimum required chinese diplomaYears of study
Undergraduate programs
Graduate programs
Advanced graduate diploma (DESS)Xuéshì xuéwèi16-18
Master'sXuéshì xuéwèi16-18
Doctorate (PhD)Shuòshì xuéwèi17-20
Medical studiesDoctor of medicine degree and a residency programConfirmation of doctor of medicine degree with Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ)

Program-specific admission requirements

Some programs have specific admission criteria. Above-average results, a minimum level of French proficiency, and preselection of a graduate research supervisor are among the possible requirements. View the official program descriptions* to confirm your eligibility.

Limited enrolment and limited space programs also have specific admission requirements to consider.

Fast-track your study permit!

As a Chinese candidate, you have access to the Student Direct Stream (SDS), a Government of Canada program that will shorten the processing time of your study permit by several weeks. That way, you will have every advantage on your side to make your dream to study in Québec City a reality!

As soon as you receive your acceptance letter from Université Laval, you can start the immigration process. For more details about the steps to take, visit the Study permit, temporary resident visa (TRV) and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) tab of the Immigration section on our website. 

*available in French only

Université Laval/China Scholarship Council (ULaval/CSC) Joint Scholarship Program

Université Laval (ULaval) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offer a joint grant program to eligible Chinese students who are admitted to designated graduate research programs at Université Laval. The grants cover tuition fees, living expenses and health insurance for up to 48 months, as well as a round-trip flight to Québec City (by the least expensive route) and visa application fees.

Eligibility for grant program

Before applying for a grant, you must first apply for admission and be accepted to Université Laval.

Overview of the steps to follow:

  1. Choose your program 
  2. Verify the program’s eligibility with the CSC 
  3. Prepare your application 
  4. Apply for admission to Université Laval 
  5. Apply for the CSC grant

Admission to Université Laval

1. Choose your program

The CSC determines which doctoral programs are eligible for the grant according to its priorities. Be sure to choose your program based on your knowledge and interests. 

We invite you to explore our online program directory (in French only), where you will find their descriptions, admissions requirements and information about professors and their areas of research expertise.

2. Verify the program’s eligibility with the CSC

Once you have selected a program, consult the website of the CSC or contact them at in order to verify that the program is eligible for the grant.

3. Prepare your application

After choosing a program, verify your admissibility by checking its admissions requirements. You can find this information in the section entitled “Admissibilité” of the program description in the University’s online program directory (in French only). This is also where you will find a list of the required documents that must be submitted with your application.

Minimum language requirements

Université Laval is a French-language academic institution. Since courses are generally taught in French, some programs require applicants to prove that they have already attained the necessary French proficiency level. Before you apply, it is important to verify the language proficiency requirements of your program. You can find this information in the section entitled “Admissibilité” of the program description in the University’s online program directory (this information is only available in French).

Besides the University’s language requirements, students must also meet the following English proficiency requirements of the CSC in order to be eligible for the grant program:

  • 6.5 or higher on the IELTS; or 
  • 95 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT).

Find a research supervisor

Students are required to find a research supervisor before applying to Université Laval. Most doctoral programs will reject your application if you do not have a professor who has agreed to supervise your work.

To find a research supervisor, contact Université Laval professors who specialize in your desired field of research. You will find a list of professors (including their field of research and their contact information) in the section entitled “Recherche” of the program description in the University’s online program directory (this information is only available in French).

The following resources will help you find a research supervisor:

4. Apply for admission and submit the required documents

Once you have found a research supervisor, gather all your required documents* and fill out the application form.

*Chinese documents must be translated either into French or into English by a certified translator.

Upload all required documents and pay the application fee before submitting your application. We strongly recommend paying by credit card (Visa or Mastercard).


Your application must be submitted by February 1. Applications received after this date may not be evaluated, depending on the selected doctoral program.

You can submit an online application to the CSC between March 10 and March 31. Remember: you must be accepted to Université Laval to be eligible for a CSC grant.


If you have difficulty submitting your online application, please contact our student information specialists at

For more information about the CSC scholarship, we invite you to visit the CSC website or to contact the CSC at

5. Apply for the CSC grant

We invite you to consult the CSC website or to contact them at to learn more about applying for the grant. 

Things to remember: 

  • You can apply for the CSC grant from March 10 to March 31; and 
  • You must have an acceptance letter from Université Laval in order to be eligible for the CSC grant.

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