Laval Summer Exchange

The Center, in collaboration with the Department of French and Italian Studies and Study Abroad, offers a direct exchange program for UW students to conduct summer study at l’Université Laval in Québec City. This program is specifically geared to students who would like to focus on French language acquisition. It is tailored to each student’s language level, and allows students to take content courses designed for speakers of French as a foreign language. Courses will be taken on the Université Laval campus. If travel is not permitted, students may elect to study at Laval virtually. The priority application deadline is April 1st.

The École de langues de l’Université Laval offers a team of experienced teachers and enthusiastic monitors ready to give solid training in French. Alternating between courses in class and socio-cultural activities allows students to exchange in French in a motivating setting. L’Université Lavall ensures that students are living in full immersion in a cozy, dynamic, and secure environment. Students can apply to live in one of the university residence halls or arrange housing on their own. More information can be found here.

Prerequisites and Language Requirements 

Students participating in this program must be of Sophomore standing or above and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 12 – 15 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 


L’École de langues (ELUL) will give access to a free online placement test to all prospective students applying for FLE courses. L’École also recognizes the score obtained on these tests: TFI, DELF, TCF and TEF.L’École de langues allows you to register for 4-5 courses per 15-week semester. Fall semester runs from early September to mid-December and Winter semester runs from mid-January to late April. Courses are separated into 5 levels that allow you to progress from beginner to a B2 level.

In order to maintain full time status, you’ll need to complete at least 120 hours of study. Students who have applied through UW Study Abroad, in addition to Laval, for 3-4 courses will earn 18-24 UW credits, most likely of French 199, 299 or 308/390/337. Other UW credits may be awarded. The actual UW credits you will earn will be determined after you return to the UW and will depend on the French you have completed prior to the program and the level(s) you will complete in Laval.

For more information, applications and deadlines, visit Study Abroad.