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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.

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Interested in doing a student exchange at Université Laval?

Student exchanges are one- or two-term mobility stays that allow you to take courses in another university as part of your training, providing an opportunity for you to enrich your academic career.

At Université Laval, these stays can take place during the fall term (September–December) or the winter term (January–April). During the summer term (May–June or July–August), only intensive courses in French as a Second Language are offered.

Please note that only applications submitted by your home institution will be accepted, regardless of the exchange program. 

Types of exchange programs 

To qualify for an exchange program at Université Laval, you must be selected by your educational institution. You should contact your university several months in advance to find out what exchange opportunities are available. 

Some interinstitutional agreements provide for exchanges for specific programs of studies (International Profile and Exchanges Canada) while some exchange programs offer access to various programs of studies (general agreements, BCI) but require the program director’s approval before the exchange can take place.

In the case of the International Profile and Exchanges Canada, your institution can tell you what programs are offered. 

The programs available through general agreements and the BCI exchange program are listed below. 

Consult the Academics page for more information on our programs of studies, including the learning objectives and the admission requirements for each of them. You can simply enter the name of the program that interests you. 

Course selection

Please verify that the courses you wish to take are offered in the program of studies you have selected. You can select only one of Université Laval’s programs of studies and the courses offered in that program. 

To access the courses available in your selected program, you must choose the courses that interest you among those listed in the program structure section (see “Liste des cours” under “Structure du programme”).

Available courses are announced at two points during the year:

  • in April for the fall term; and
  • in November for the winter term. 

When scheduling, you will be able to see the teaching format and the time slot for each course. You can also see whether there are prerequisites for the course by clicking on the course description. You are not required to follow the proposed academic path as it is intended for regular students in the program.

Please note that the course selection you submit in your application is an indication of the courses that interest you. Registration for these courses will depend on their availability and any essential prerequisites.

Université Laval does not issue diplomas for student exchanges

However, some interinstitutional agreements allow students in a dual degree program to continue their academic career at Université Laval after their exchange in order to complete their degree. For more information, refer to our page on dual degrees.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be selected by your home institution for a stay of 1 or 2 terms maximum, excluding any French as a Second Language intensive courses.
  • You must have the required level of French (DELF B2) unless you wish to take courses offered in English in the business administration program or French as a Second Language courses.
  • At the time of your departure, you must have completed the equivalent of at least one year of academic studies as a full-time student.
  • You must be registered at your university during the exchange and have paid your tuition fees, and you must be registered at Université Laval as a full-time student (12 ULaval credits per term) for the duration of the exchange.
  • You must select your courses from those offered in the program of studies to which you have been admitted.
  • You must have obtained the required immigration documents for the duration of your stay. 

Submitting your application

If you are one of the candidates selected by your university, you will receive an email asking you to fill out an online application form for your file. The email will specify the documents you need to attach, including a list of courses you would like to take. 


If your application is accepted, you will receive a letter of admission from Université Laval, which you will need to complete your immigration formalities. If your application is rejected, you will be notified by email.

You will also receive an email with your Université Laval email address and login information for the student portal.

Upon your arrival, we recommend that you submit your legal documents to the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible following these instructions

To make sure you fully understand the terms and conditions for your exchange, you can refer to Your stay at Université Laval: a glossary.