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A university education is an investment and costs a considerable sum of money. Québec City has a relatively low cost of living and reasonably priced housing compared to most North American cities, which helps make Université Laval an affordable study destination. However, careful financial planning is essential to ensure you have the financial resources necessary to meet your needs and pay for your studies.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are based on your study profile and the number of credits per semester that you register for.

The amount you pay each semester includes basic tuition as well as ancillary fees for student services, academic support, and student associations. For more information, consult the detailed tuition and fee breakdown.

Amounts shown here are for the 2019–2020 academic year. Université Laval and the Government of Québec reserve the right to change these fees without notice.

Québec students

Tuition fees for Québec students

2019-2020 tuition fees

  Undergraduate Master’s PhD
1 course (3 credits) $328.95 $328.95 $328.95
1 full-time semester (15 credits) $1,728.09 - -
1 full-time semester (12 credits) - $1,436.40 $1,436.40

Cost of 1 academic year

  Undergraduate Master’s PhD
1 academic year (30 credits) $3,456.18 - -
1 academic year (24 credits) - $2,872.80 $2,872.80
Application fee $87 $87 $87
Housing and food $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
Academic and personal expenses $3,700 $3,700 $3,700
Estimated total for 1 year $15,743 $15,160 $15,160

Canadian students (non-Québec residents)

Tuition fees for Canadian students from outside Québec are comparable to those at universities in their home province. You may qualify for a tuition fee exemption program if you are enrolled in French language or literature courses or a PhD program.

Tuition fees for Canadian students (non-Québec residents)

2019-2020 tuition fees

  Undergraduate Master’s PhD
1 course (3 credits) $868.56 $868.56 $328.95
1 full-time semester (15 credits) $4,426.14 - -
1 full-time semester (12 credits) - $3,594.84 $1,436.40

Cost of 1 academic year

  Undergraduate Master’s PhD
1 academic year (30 credits) $8,852.28 - -
1 academic year (24 credits) - $7,187.68 $2,872.80
Application fee $87 $87 $87
Housing and food $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
Academic and personal expenses $3,700 $3,700 $3,700
Estimated total for 1 year $21,139 $19,477 $15,160

French citizens and French Belgium citizens

Québec have signed agreements with France and Belgium so that French citizens and French Belgium citizens in undergraduate and graduate programs can benefit from lower tuition fees.

Tuition fees for French citizens and French Belgium citizens

2019-2020 tuition fees

  Undergraduate Master's PhD
1 course (3 (credits) $868.56 $328.95 $328.95
1 full-time semester (15 credits) $4,426.14 - -
1 full-time semester (12 credits) - $1,436.40 $1,436.40

Cost of 1 academic year

  Undergraduate Master's PhD
1 academic year (30 credits) $8,852.28 - -
1 academic year (24 credits) - $2,872.80 $2,872.80
Health and hospital insurance* $936/year $936/year $936/year
Application fee $87 $87 $87
Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) $114 $114 $114
Study permit for Canada $150 $150 $150
Housing and food $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
Academic and personal expenses $3,700 $3,700 $3,700
Estimated total for 1 year $22,339 $16,360 $16,360
*Once enrolled, international students are automatically covered by Université Laval’s group health and hospitalization insurance plan. However, because of a social security reciprocity agreement between Québec and France, French students may be exempted from the plan if, before departing for Québec, they obtain an official certificate from their country’s social security system.

International students

Tuition fees for international students enrolled at UL include basic tuition fees and a lump sum. However, there is a Supplemental Tuition Fee Exemption Program that exempts eligible students from paying the lump sum usually required. If you qualify for this program, you will pay the same tuition as a Québec student. 

Université Laval has expanded its Supplemental Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship Program for doctoral students so that all international students enrolled in a full-time regular PhD program are eligible.

Some refugees, diplomatic personnel, and personnel from non-governmental international organizations are exempted from additional tuition fees. If you qualify for one of these exemptions, you will pay the same tuition fees as Québec students. 

Tuition fees for international students- undergraduate programs

2019-2020 tuition fees

  Category 1* Category 2* Category 3*
1 course (3 credits) $2,020.41 $1,816.62 $2,189.58
1 semester (15 credits) $10,185.39 $9,166.44 $11,031.24

Cost for 1 academic year

  Category 1* Category 2* Category 3*
1 academic year (30 credits) $20,370.78 $18,332.88 $22,062.48
Health and hospital insurance $900/year $900/year $900/year
Application fee $87 $87 $87
Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) $112 $112 $112
Study permit for Canada $150 $150 $150
Housing and food $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
Academic and personal expenses $3,700 $3,700 $3,700
Estimated total for 1 year $33,822 $31,784 $35,513
*Category 1: Programs in dentistry, medicine, non-medical health specialties, nursing, pharmacy, architecture and environmental design, agriculture, education, forestry and geodesics, fine arts, and film and photography.
Category 2: Programs in humanities and social sciences, psychology, and arts.
Category 3: Programs in pure sciences, mathematics, engineering, computer science, business administration, and law.

Tuition fees for international students - graduate programs

2019-2020 tuition fees

  Master's Doctorate Doctorate with exemption scholarship
1 course (3 credits) $1,816.62 $1,638.27 $328,95
1 semester (12 credits) $7,387.08 $6,673.68 $1,436.40

Cost for 1 academic year

  Master's Doctorate Doctorate with exemption scholarship
1 academic year (24 credits) $14,774.16 $13,347.36 $2,872.80
Health and hospital insurance $900/year $900/year $900/year
Application fee $87 $87 $87
Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) $112 $112 $112
Study permit for Canada $150 $150 $150
Housing and food $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
Academic and personal expenses $3,700 $3,700 $3,700
Estimated total for 1 year $28,225 $26,798

$16,324

Distance learning

Tuition fees for distance learning are based on your study profile and the number of credits per semester that you register for, but vary if you are studying outside Québec.

Consult the distance learning tuition fees for students residing outside Québec.

French immersion courses

Canadian (non-Québec) and international applicants qualify for a tuition exemption for taking French immersion courses as part of their undergraduate program. Students are charged the Québec rate for French courses. Support and supervision fees are added to tuition up to a maximum of $320 per semester.

This exemption does not apply to prerequisite courses or courses from your program that are charged based on the rate applicable to the student’s status.

Budgeting

To help you draw up a budget, the BBAF offers a number of resources to assist you in your financial planning and improve or upgrade your knowledge of personal finances.