Université Laval

Situated in Quebec, a city listed as world heritage by UNESCO, Université Laval is the leading francophone university in North America.

In a nutshell

A member of the “Group of 15 research universities” in Canada, Université Laval is supported by different funding sources representing around 404 million dollars per year (≈ 372 million euros), thus placing it at n°7 out of the fifty most active universities in Canada. It is the only university to have four excellence Chairs in Canada (Artic, optic-photonics, neuro-photonics, microbiome-nutrition-health metabolism). In 2018, the organization Entrepreneuriat Laval was ranked as one of the fastest university business accelerators in the world. Welcoming over 45,000 students, Université Laval is leader in Canada for distance learning, with more than 882 on-line courses and over 80 complete distance-learning programs.

Our collaboration

Collaboration with the university campus sites of Bordeaux goes back many years, even before the creation of the International Office of Université Laval in 1999. The first official collaboration agreement was signed in Bordeaux in February 2006. Since then, several joint projects and programs have been implemented and have led to the creation of the ABL-Innovation which aims to link research, education and socio-economic development.

Dates and key figures

  • Multiple collaborations in education and research in a variety of disciplines: law, international studies, neurosciences, water, wood sciences, optic-photonics-laser, university governance, political science and religious sciences.
  • Since February 2013: Exchanges of lecturer-researchers (11 "visiting scholars" from Laval welcomed to UBx; 7 "Bordeaux International Support" projects financed since 2014 and numerous UBx lecturer-researchers welcomed to Laval.
  • Since 2014: 24 co-tutelles in a range of different fields.
  • Since 2015, creation of the LaBoetie platform (law).
  • 2 International Associated Laboratories (cerebral nutrition, optic-photonics-laser), one associated with INRAE and the other with CNRS.
  • 5 double-diploma programs:a Master in human nutrition and health, a Master in transatlantic relations law, a Master in forest sciences, a joint university diploma in populations and social statistics, and a double diploma via the Neurasmus Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree.
  • 2016 and 2019: Financial support obtained from the Erasmus+ International Mobility Credits program to encourage student and staff mobility between the two universities.
  • 2019: Official visit to Bordeaux of Université Laval’s new institutional representatives.

Our relationship with the University of Bordeaux is an ever-developing strategic alliance that highlights our complementary strengths for stronger international promotion.

Nicole Lacasse — Deputy vice-président of international studies and activities

The beginning

1852: the teaching establishment of Nouvelle-France, the Quebec Seminary, created Université Laval, the first francophone university in America.  

Updated on 25/03/2020

More information

For more information, please consult the Université Laval website.