Université Laval

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Université Laval

Located in Québec City, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Université Laval boasts a tradition of excellence in its academic programs and major breakthroughs in its research activities.

It offers:

  • over 400 academic programs – undergraduate and graduate
  • 235 research centres, chairs and institutes
  • over 3,400 professors, sessional lecturers, teaching and research staff
  • over 5,000,000 documents in its library collections
  • a safe campus that covers 1.75 km2, 56% of which is wooded areas, grasslands, botanical gardens and sports fields
  • over 40 buildings and 10 km of underground tunnels linking all buildings
  • 2,277 individual rooms in on-campus residences
  • one of the largest sport complexes in Canada
  • student services from A to Z – from welcoming activities to a placement bureau
  • hundreds of student activities year in year out.


In 1663, with the authorization of the King of France, Louis XIV, Monseigneur François de Laval, the first bishop of New France, founded in Québec City the colony’s first educational institution, the Séminaire de Québec. Nearly 200 years later, in 1852, a Royal Charter creating Université Laval was granted to the Séminaire de Québec by Queen Victoria. Université Laval hence became the wellspring of French-language higher education in North America, offering academic programs in four faculties – Arts, Law, Medicine, and Theology.

The history of Université Laval is closely tied to that of the Province of Québec. Long the training ground for the province’s French-speaking intellectual elite, the university remains highly influential and is still considered today a standard bearer for the preservation of the French influence in North America.

Academic Programs

  • 175 Undergraduate programs
  • 177 Graduate programs
  • 3 Undergraduate profiles: International, Entrepreneurial, Cooperative
  • 55 Undergraduate microprograms
  • 40 Graduate microprograms
  • Over 115 Continuing education programs
  • Over 1,000 Continuing education courses
  • 399 Distance learning courses
  • 80 On-line courses
  • 10 Intensive workshops and master’s classes in Architecture and Visual Arts at Percé International Summer School
  • 13 Regular programs in 8 languages at the School of Languages
  • 585 Agreements signed with universities in 67 countries.


  • 5 million Documents available at the Science Library and Humanities and Social Sciences Library (books, reference works, electronic and official publications, databanks, CD-ROMs, videotapes, etc.)
  • 500,000 Audiovisual documents
  • 700,000 Documents in circulation every year
  • $10,022,000 Allowance for book and periodical acquisitions in 2005-2006
  • Unique indexing system adopted by France National Library.

Campus Life

  • 1.75 km2 Campus surface, 56% of which is wooded areas, grasslands, botanical gardens and sports fields
  • Over 40 Buildings on campus
  • Over 10 Kilometres of underground tunnels linking all campus buildings
  • 11 Off-campus buildings and/or sites
  • 2,277 Individual rooms in on-campus residences
  • 2 Early childhood centers providing care for 178 children
  • 5 Gyms
  • 2 Indoor skating rinks
  • 1 Olympic-size swimming pool
  • 1 Golf driving range
  • 1 Football stadium seating over 10,000 spectators
  • 3 Vanier Cups in 4 seasons for the Rouge et Or football team
  • Over 200 Student associations
  • 100s & 100s Arts and culture, sport and athletic activities year-round.

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