Going back to school can seem like an elusive goal if you’re working, don’t have a college diploma, or left school long ago. UL can help you plan your return to school and provide tools and individual guidance to help you on your way.
What is a mature student?
You must meet certain eligibility criteria to be admitted as a mature student.
Do you have a college diploma or university degree from a Canadian institution?
If so, you are considered to be a regular Québec applicant or, if you completed your studies in another Canadian province, a Canadian (non-Québec) applicant. Check the admission requirements based on your status and select a program of study.
Not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada?
Then you are considered to be an international applicant. Visit our International applicants section to see how to apply to Université Laval.
Plan your return to school
Going back to school as a mature student can have a major impact on your personal, professional, and family life. In order to make the right choices, it’s important to learn about university realities and understand the steps involved in returning to school.
1. Attend an information session
The “Réussir son retour aux études” (A successful return to school) information session for mature students addresses various topics, such as available programs, admission requirements, costs, duration of studies, and workload. Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the university community and ask an advisor any questions you may have.
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2. Choose your program
Université Laval offers a wide range of unique and high-quality programs in all disciplines.* Your choice of program will have an effect on the qualifying courses you will have to complete prior to your studies.
Explore our undergraduate programs
*Note: the medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy programs do not accept mature students.
First, complete the online admission form by following these instructions:
Question 1 “I would like to apply for admission”
- Select “qualifying courses (pre-university)”
Question 2 “I have at least (or am currently working toward)”
- Select “a secondary school diploma (SSD) or a diploma of vocational studies (DEP) issued by the government of Québec. I am age 21 or over and have been out of school for over 2 years.”
Select “I would like to be admitted to qualifying courses (pre-university)”
- Select “as a mature student without a diploma of college studies (DEC) issued by the government of Québec.”
Select Program section
- Select the programs you would like to apply to. It is recommended that you select more than one program
Then follow the steps to complete your application for admission. Once you have submitted your application form and made your payment, you will receive a notice of receipt from the Registrar’s Office containing the information you need to track the status of your application.
In addition to submitting an application form, you must also prepare an application package that includes the following:
- Your résumé
- All official transcripts: diploma of vocational studies (DEP) or secondary school diploma (SSD) with the mention “diploma obtained,” CÉGEP, college, university, etc.
- A legible photocopy of your birth certificate
- Any other relevant documents
To speed up the processing of your application, you may submit scanned copies of your documents when you apply online or by going to the secure section of Capsule. Select the “Admission” tab, then click on “Application package.”
If your documents are not submitted within 20 calendar days of completing your online application, your application will be rejected.
French test for qualifying courses
After submitting your online application form and your application package, the Mature Student Admissions, Qualifying Courses, and Non-degree Studies Office (AACCEL) will contact you to advise you whether you are required to take the French test for qualifying courses. The test is a 300 word-minimum essay on a given subject that is used to assess your level of French. You must score at least 50% to obtain an admission offer from Université Laval.
We urge you to take the French test as soon as you have been contacted by the AACCEL so that your application can be processed.
In order to take the French test, you must have been convened by the AACCEL. Drop by the AACCEL office on the date that works best for you and bring:
- A piece of photo ID
- Your 9-digit student ID number
You will receive your ID number by email shortly after you submit your online application. It is included in the notice of receipt from the Registrar’s Office.
Upcoming French tests
Friday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m.
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, room 3151
Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m.
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, room 3151
- You have two hours for the test
- Your essay must be written in pen, double-spaced, and have a title
- You are allowed to bring a grammar book, dictionary, and pen
- You must indicate the word count of your text at the bottom of the page. Any essay under 300 words will be rejected and will result in an automatic fail. A word is a typographic unit: “Un arbre” counts as two words, but “L’arbre” counts as one.
- Grammar and spelling: 20%
- Form (punctuation, vocabulary, style, syntax): 40%
- Content (essay structure and organization, argumentation, consistency, quality): 40%
Your results will be sent to the email address indicated on the form you filled out at the test. If we do not have your email address, we will contact you by phone. Your results will determine whether you will have to take a French course to achieve the level required for admission.
|Overall grade||Grammar and spelling||Course to take|
|50% and over||et 14/20 or over||No|
|50% and over||et 13/20 or under||FRN-0100 Français écrit qualifying course|
|49% and under (fail)||Admission and registration for qualifying courses rejected|
Your application will be assessed by an advisor from the AACCEL. An individualized program of study will then be developed to prepare you for admission into your program of choice. Your individualized program may include courses designed to fill gaps in your general education, acquire the necessary knowledge and skills, improve your French, or complete qualifying courses required by your program. These pre-university level courses are called qualifying courses and can be taken at Université Laval or at CEGEP.
Once your application has been assessed, you will receive an offer of admission in your student file online through Capsule. To confirm your admission to Université Laval as a mature student, you must register your answer online. You can then contact your advisor about registering for the qualifying courses that are part of your individualized program of study.
Follow up and support
Your advisor will guide you while you complete your qualifying courses and until you are admitted into your program. This personalized support will help you be successful at university.
What happens after I take my qualifying courses?
When your qualifying courses are nearing completion you must submit an application for your chosen program. To do this, submit an online application form by the deadline.
Most programs offer very good chances of being admitted. However, there are several limited-enrollment programs where enrollment is restricted. For these programs, admission is based on academic excellence, but academic excellence does not guarantee admission to a program. For more information on admission statistics for mature students into limited enrolment programs, contact the AACCEL.
Depending on the program, you may be required to take a second French test, the Test de Français Laval-Montréal (TFLM).