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Student exchanges

If you’re interested in a student exchange at Université Laval, talk to your university as soon as possible about the options available and how to apply. Please note that links in this section are in French only.

For more information:

etudiantsentrants@bi.ulaval.ca

Exchange programs

Various programs are available for exchange students at Université Laval: 

  • International profile: program-to-program exchanges
  • Exchange Canada: program-to-program exchanges between Canadian universities
  • General agreement: inter-university exchanges
  • Bureau de la coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) and North2North: exchanges between universities in the same network

Student mobility exchanges are a great way to enhance your university experience, but do not lead to a degree. No degrees will be awarded by Université Laval to students hosted as part of an exchange program.

Is your university a Université Laval partner?

The first step is to find out whether your home university has a student exchange program with Université Laval by checking on MoveON. To conduct a search, select the country your university is located in to access the list of partner institutions and the mobility programs available through each of them.

Is your program of study available?

Next, check whether the program of study that interests you is available through the mobility programs offered under general student exchange agreements or through the BCI network:

Dual degree possibilities

Some agreements within the framework of mobility programs allow students whose institutions have signed this type of agreement to continue their studies after their mobility stay in order to obtain a degree from Université Laval. From the beginning of their mobility stay at Université Laval, they take the courses required to obtain a degree from their home institution. Some of these courses are also contributory (double contribution) to the ULaval Master's program (equivalent to Master 2 level in Europe and Africa). From the first completed year of mobility, if they are admitted to the master's program in Quebec City, they can complete their ULaval training and thus obtain the corresponding diploma.

Consult our page on dual degrees to learn more.

Applying through your university

Contact your university’s international relations office as soon as possible for information on the application process for the exchange program(s) available. Partner universities are responsible for selecting exchange candidates and sending us the list of the students chosen. Applications submitted directly by individuals will not be considered.

Terms of participation

  • Be selected by your home institution for an exchange of one or a maximum of two semesters, excluding intensive sessions in French as a Foreign Language
  • Have the required level of French proficiency (TFI 750, DELF B2), unless you wish to take courses in English in the business administration program or French as a foreign language courses 
  • Have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time study at the time of departure
  • Be enrolled at your university during the exchange and have paid your tuition fees
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at Université Laval during the exchange (minimum 12 credits per semester) 
  • Choose a majority of courses in the program you’re admitted to
  • Start your courses on the dates required 
  • Take personal responsibility for obtaining the immigration documents you need in a timely manner

Specific program requirements

Architecture

  • Presentation of a portfolio
  • Use of laptop computer required

Arts and Design

Presentation of a portfolio for students in the visual and media arts, graphic design, product design, and art and science of animation

Graduate School of International Studies (ESEI)

The following courses are not open to exchange students:

  • Essai (ETI-6500, ETI-6501, ETI-6502, ETI-6503) 
  • Stage (ETI-6510, ETI-6511, ETI-6512, ETI-6513)
  • Atelier de recherche (ETI-6010)
  • Activité de recherche – mémoire 1 to 4 (ETI-6801, ETI-6802, ETI-6803, ETI6804) 
  • Mission commerciale à l’étranger (GIE-6029)
  • Clinique de droit international pénal et humanitaire (DRT-7011)

Students in the master’s program in international studies have registration priority for multidisciplinary seminars. If space is still available, exchange students at ESEI will be able to register.

Arts and Human Sciences

Under BCI and general agreement exchanges, some programs require students to submit English test results (TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS), failing which their application may be rejected.

  • International studies and modern languages (level required: 825 TOEIC)
  • English literature and linguistics (level required: TOEFL ITP 550)
  • Teaching English as a second language (level required: TOEFL ITP 550)

Medicine

For exchanges lasting one semester, the master's program in public health only accepts applications for the fall semester.

Music

  • Instrument and small ensemble courses are not available to BCI or general agreement exchange students. 
  • Large ensemble courses may be available to BCI or general agreement exchange students on the condition that they pass an audition and obtain approval from the director of the Faculty of Music. Contact the faculty for more information: etudes.1@mus.ulaval.ca.
  • For more information, see the music program admission requirements

Agricultural and Food Sciences

  • Only International Profile exchange students have access to lab courses. 
  • Some courses are not open to exchange students: special topics, visits, seminars, internships, and research activities. 
  • Students can take a maximum of two non-faculty courses and one distance learning course.

Science and Engineering

Undergraduate engineering programs in North America correspond to the five-year programs at European engineering schools, whereas master’s and PhD programs correspond respectively to European research master’s degree and doctoral programs.

Bachelor's program in chemistry: Lab courses are not open to exchange students.

BCI and general agreement exchanges: To take part in an exchange program at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, applicants must have maintained at least a “B” average (or a 12/20 average for applicants from institutions that use a 20-point system) throughout their university studies.

Business Administration

Please refer to the admission requirements based on your educational background and country of origin by clicking on the link provided below.

** Please ignore the sections concerning academic domains, specific requirements, preparatory year and coursework as well as language requirements for the Master level **

UNDERGRADUATE (website in French only, contact international@fsa.ulaval.ca for support) : At least 13 years of schooling are required to be eligible.

MASTER’S (English version is at the bottom of the page)

Documents required for both the undergraduate and master’s levels

In order for your file to be analyzed, you must provide legible copies of your baccalaureate exam transcripts (secondary school diploma), all of your university transcripts (including preparatory coursework, if applicable) and official attestations of your diplomas. Incomplete files will not be processed.

Submitting your application to Université Laval

If you are among the applicants selected by your university, you will receive an email from Université Laval inviting you to fill out an online application form. The email will tell indicate what documents to attach with your application, including a list of the courses you’d like to take.

To see what course are available in the program that interests you, look up the program in the program directory. Once you’ve found your program, click the “Description officielle” tab followed by the “Structure du programme” tab to view the courses you can choose from. Not all of these courses will be available during your exchange, but your choices will give us an idea of the subjects that interest you.

Admission to Université Laval

If your application is accepted, Université Laval will send you a letter of acceptance confirming your admission. You will be able to use this letter for your immigration procedures. 

You will also receive an email entitled Dossier d’admission – suivi containing your ULaval IDs.

You must present this email and your letter of acceptance at the Registrar's Office on your arrival at Université Laval so that you can subsequently register at your faculty.

You will be notified by email if your application is rejected.