Laval University
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Tuition: $6,632.00  Students: 28,900
Pavillon Jean-Charles-Bonenfant
Quebec, QC      G1K 0A6
418 656-2131

Laval University

Laval University was established in 1852 by the Seminaire de Quebec under the Royal Charter granted by Queen Victoria. It is the first francophone university in North America, and has been known for their researches in optics, neuroscience, laser and phototonics, environmental studies, geomatics, and genomics. It is ranked as a Medical-Doctoral University for its graduate population and medical school. Its motto is: Deo favente haud pluribus impar, or “By the grace of God, to no one equal.” ... continued below

About Laval University

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

Laval University’s main campus has an estimated 30 buildings, and they are all connected by an underground walkway that spans a distance of 10 km. The walkway is frequently used during winter. The University also offers residential accommodation to its students, at the Pavillon Alphonse-Marie Parent.

Student Services and Student Life

Laval offers these services to its students: Welcome and Support, Reception And Integration of Disabled Students, Library, Office of The Registrar, Action Centre Harassment, Dental Clinic, Medical Clinic, Daycare Center, Bookstore, Residences, Food, Computing And Telecommunications, Directorate Of Students, Office of Student Life, Office Of Scholarships And Financial Aid, Centre Help For Students, Service Sports (Pavilion Physical Education and Sport), Service Security and Prevention, Financial Services, Placement Services, and Reprographic Services.

Students who are into sports can go to the FIFO, one of the biggest university sports complex in Canada. Here, you can find an Olympic-size pool, a big triple gymnasium and two auxiliary gyms, an indoor stadium (athletic tracks, climbing wall, and tennis courts), an arena with two rinks, an outdoor stadium that seats around 20,000 spectators, two training rooms, several outdoor courts (tennis, softball, soccer, beach volleyball, golf, etc.), interior rooms (martial arts, dance, racquetball, spinning, squash, yoga, etc.), and health clinics (acupuncture, kinesiology, massage therapy, sports medicine, physiotherapy, etc.)

Academic Programs

Laval has around 400 programs, with 600 partnerships with universities in 65 countries. It also offers 89 disciplinary and integrated undergraduate programs. Many students are attracted to the Français Pour Non-Francophones Programme, which offers a course in French as a Second Language to students from Canada to everywhere in the world. Some of its faculties include: Urban planning, Architecture, and Visual Arts, Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Law Postgraduate Studies, Forestry and Geomatics, Literature, Medicine, Dentistry, Music, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Administrative Sciences, Agriculture and Food Sciences, Education, Science and Engineering, Physics, Rural Engineering, Nursing, Social Science, and Theology and Religious Studies.

Off-Campus Living

Students who wish to live outside the campus can choose from two options: the Pavillon Maurice-Pollack or the Pavillon Alphonse-Marie Parent.

Famous Alumni

Some of the most famous alumni of Laval are: Former media magnate Conrad Black, Lawrence Cannon Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Louis LeBel, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; Lucien Bouchard, Former Premier of Quebec and Leader of the Bloc Quebecois; Prime Ministers of Canada Louis St. Laurent, Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien, Michael Meighen, Senator, and Stephane Dion, Former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. There are also the Rhodes Scholars: Marius Barbeau and Julien Chouinard.

Quebec Information

Quebec City is the second largest city in the province, after Montreal. Quebec City's Old Town is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. The city has a current population of roughly 530,000 people.

Quebec City has a humid continental climate characterized by cold and snowy winters, warm and rather humid summers, and ample precipitation throughout the year. Quebec City is on Money Magazine's list of North America's top ten tourist destinations, a distinction the CNN publication attributes above all to the French experience, the rendezvous with history the city offers, and the extraordinary beauty of its setting.

Québec City's vibrant cultural scene provides a rich selection of offerings year-round. Film, theater, music, art, literature, and a rich historical heritage inspire everything from colorful neighborhood celebrations to major crowd-pleasers such as the Québec Winter Carnival and the Québec City Summer Festival.


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