Université Laval

Rank 18
Location Quebec City
Established 1852
Famous For Engineering, Law, IT


The Université Laval is the oldest French-language university in North America, founded in 1852.

Students can choose from various BA and MA programmes on a beautiful campus with more than 60% green and wooded space and an extensive network of walking and cycling paths. Laval is currently ranked in the top 500 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

500 undergraduate and master's courses are available for students, while 7,000 international students from over 120 countries choose Laval each year. Many students also join the university for the Français pour non-francophones program, which provides instructions in the French language. Université Laval is ranked among the top 10 Canadian universities in research funding (around $515 million) and holds four Canada Excellence Research Chairs. 

Services for International Students

Laval University has over 8,000 international students from over 120 countries enrolled. Having a global outlook that enhances students' learning experience, the University is committed to humanitarian aid, international development, and quality education. It has signed 850 partnerships in over 75 countries with 560 post-secondary institutions.  

The faculty at the University consists of experienced researchers and creative thinkers who provide knowledge with the latest technology and contribute to scientific advancements. Students also have access to the world's largest teaching and research forest, Montmorency Forest, an open-air lab that provides hands-on courses and research opportunities in forestry, biological sciences, geodetics, and fish and game management.


  • 441st in the QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 251–300th in THE World University Rankings 2023
  • 14th in THE Impact Rankings 2023


Every year, over 2,000 students live in one of Laval's four residences, one for women only. All residences have common areas where you can study, socialize, and have fun.

All residence buildings' rooms are fully furnished with beds, chairs, a study table, a closet, and an armchair. All the residence halls are co-ed apart from the Agathe-Lacerte, which is reserved for women. All the buildings have shared kitchens, but students can keep a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffeemaker in their rooms. Many of these appliances, including the TV, are available through renting and are not a part of the housing package. 

About Location

A city with European charm on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, Québec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the safest cities in Canada and offers an exceptional quality of life.

The main campus of Université Laval is located in the heart of Quebec City, which is spread across 1.8sq km. About 60% of the campus is occupied by green and wooded areas, which makes it the perfect place for students to enjoy the beauty of nature while studying at the university. With state-of-the-art infrastructure available to students, the campus offers an exceptional study experience with the facilities and the overall environment for personal and professional growth. 

The airport closest to the campus area is Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, which is 16km away from downtown Quebec City.

About Location

  • Louis St. Laurent- 12th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Gilbert Finn- 26th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
  • Manon Brouillette- CEO and President of Videotron
  • Conrad Black- Former Media Magnate
  • Marcel Aubut- President of the Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Gaston Miron- Poet and Author
  • Edith Butler- Acadian Singer
  • Victor Bouchard- Pianist and Composer

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