Université Laval—famous for its successful Rouge et Or football team—is a large, research-intensive institution located in the Quebec City suburb of Sainte-Foy. At Laval, says rector Denis Brière, “knowledge, creativity and innovation are part of everyday life.” Three federal centres of excellence—in photonics, geomatics and Arctic climate change—are hosted here, as well as the Centre for Northern Studies. Laval’s law school and faculty of social sciences have produced some of Canada’s leading politicians, including former prime ministers Louis St. Laurent, Brian Mulroney and Jean Chrétien, as well as former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard. Entrepreneuriat Laval, which helps students create personalized business plans, has contributed to the creation of more than 600 companies and 1,200 jobs. The student body is diverse, with international students from 100 countries, as well as non-francophones polishing their French-language skills at the École des langues vivantes. Worried about the snowy Quebec winters? Most of Laval’s nearly 40 buildings are connected by underground walkways. Those who venture outside, however, will find Quebec City is one of the most culturally rich spots in Canada, known for its Winter Carnival and the historic Plains of Abraham.
• The Art and Science of Animation: This program takes a technological approach to all aspects of animation, including film, video games and 3D digital animation. Graduates can find work in video game design, the film industry and creating interactive displays for museums.
• Forestry and Geomatics: Montmorency Forest, north of Quebec City, serves as an outdoor laboratory for silviculture and watershed management. Students consider the environmental, biological, social and economic aspects of the forest.
• Historical Sciences and Heritage Studies: Drawing from six disciplines, the specialization options include archaeology, ethnology and archive management.
• Introduction to Wine: Develop your palate by studying grape varietals and the wine-making process.
• History of Winter Olympics: Relive Sochi, and every Winter Games back to their inception in 1924.
• History and Aesthetics of Video Games: Hooked on Candy Crush? Take a break to learn about the games and systems that shaped the industry—from Atari to PlayStation 4.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Engineering: R-Score 20 to 26
Arts: R-Score 20 to 28
Science: R-Score 21 to 33
Commerce: R-Score 23
|$2,972 ($7,709 out-of-province)||1st & 2nd year: 46
3rd & 4th year: 29.3
|2,300 (1,000 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 80.6%