Sitting in a cafe sipping cafe au lait, with the tantalizing smell of baguettes from the patisserie next door, the immersion in French-speaking Quebec City is complete: quintessentially European but with the modernity of a small North American city. Through the New England-Quebec Exchange, you have the opportunity to study for a semester or academic year at Université Laval, one of the top ten research institutions in Canada. The first French-speaking university in North America, it is also recognized for its programs in agriculture and food science, French, French studies, Business and engineering. The campus also boasts one of the nation's largest sports complexes and ice hockey rinks. Often described as a small piece of Europe transplanted to North America, Quebec's universities offer students a chance to take a wide array of courses while enjoying Quebec's natural beauty and extensive recreational activities.
The main campus is located in modern buildings in the heart of downtown Quebec City, approximately two hours northeast of Montréal, but lies within easy distance of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Québec City is a fully bilingual environment, quaintly cosmopolitan with a very French ambiance.
You take 12-18 credits for full-time study and enroll directly in a wide variety of courses based on personal areas of interest and academic concentration. Courses are taught in French and students may also learn French as a second language in addition to regular classes during the semester. French as a Second Language classes are available in the summer as an intensive program, as well. Areas of note are intercultural studies, business, English, pedagogy, education, engineering, and more. Please go directly to the Université laval website
for a comprehensive course listing.
You live and study side by side with Canadian and other international students on campus in dormitories and off campus in apartments throughout Quebec City. Most exchange students opt to live in the affordable dormitories, although apartments are also inexpensive and readily available. Meals are cooked in the apartments or, for dormitory living, taken in cafeterias and cafés near campus. An international coordinator is available to help students with cultural, social, and academic issues associated with the exchange term. The coordinator provides assistance with campus housing and a comprehensive orientation upon arrival.