Graduate Studies
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    GRADUATE STUDIES 2017 | 2018

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    COME STUDY AT A TOP UNIVERSITY SCOPE AND EXPERTISE Ranked as one of Canada’s leading research universities, Université Laval received more than $325 million in research funding in 2014– 2015. UL is a hotbed of intense intellectual activity, with over 270 research groups and chairs. Three of those are Canada Excellence Research Chairs, one devoted to remote sensing in Canada’s new Arctic frontier, one to photonic innovations for information and communication, and the third to neurophotonics. UL also manages the Montmorency Forest, the largest university teaching and research forest in the world. UL has a number of affiliated research institutions, including the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval, North America’s premier francophone health research centre. UL is a host of the Institut nordique du Québec, which conducts research on major issues in sustainable development in Northern Québec and the founder of Alliance santé Québec, which brings together major players in health and social services research from the greater Québec City area. In 2015, UL was recipient of a $98 million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund—the single largest grant in the university’s history and confirmation of UL’s national and international leadership in Arctic science, optics/photonics, cardiometabolic health and health mental. UL is also known throughout Canada as a leader in key research fields, including: • Genomics and proteomics • Image and sound technologies • Optics-photonics and laser • Neurosciences and mental health • Obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases • Environment and sustainable development • Agrifood • Francophone culture and heritage in North America • Classical studies • Aboriginal studies • Northern studies • Forestry • Tissue engineering • Infectious diseases and cancer • Museology and digital culture • Nutraceuticals and functional foods • Economic policy and poverty • Robotics • Materials science and bio-engineering SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE In addition to numerous laboratories at the forefront of technology in all disciplines, some of the university’s most notable scientific infrastructures include: Optics-Photonics Building, the only facility of its kind in the world. The Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods. Canada’s first Arctic research icebreaker, the Amundsen. The Laboratoire audionumérique de recherche et de création (LARC). 2

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    WHY STUDY IN FRENCH? As North America’s first French-language university, Université Laval is the perfect place to study. Not only will you get a comprehensive education in French, but also the opportunity to solidify your learning immersed in a setting where life is conducted en français. WHY CHOOSE QUÉBEC CITY? NOTHING COMPARES TO OUR QUALITY OF LIFE • One of the safest cities in Canada • Provincial capital of Québec • A UNESCO World Heritage Site • Exceptional quality of life and affordable cost of living • One of the highest concentrations of university students in Canada (5.7% of the population) • Canada’s top destination and number 10 in the world according to the prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveler (2013) • Plenty of ski and resort areas near town providing outdoor action all year round • Vibrant cultural activities and bustling night life • A city with European charm on the shores of the St. Lawrence River • The conveniences of a major urban centre with easy access to the great outdoors • One of North America’s most visited cities • #2 on Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Best Destinations in Canada (2016) Study in French to add value to your studies and stand out in the job market! • French is the only language after English that is spoken on every continent. As an official language in 33 countries around the world, French is spoken by over 200 million people. • French plays a key role in many countries as the international language of administration, diplomacy, and business. That makes it an important asset for international jobs, research work, and careers at major global organizations such as the UN, UNESCO, NATO and the OECD. • The French language boasts a rich cultural and scientific heritage. What is more, it is a key language in a number of fields, including social science, the humanities, and philosophy. • As one of Canada’s two official languages, French is the foundation of much of Canada’s history and culture. As the official language of Québec, it will give you insight into Québec culture and open the door to social interaction. • Learning French helps you learn other languages, not only other Latin-based languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian, but English as well, since over 50% of the words currently in use in English have French roots. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS Most programs require proficiency in French. However, many required readings are in English, and graduate students may make arrangements to conduct research in English. Université Laval also offers the option of writing dissertations and conducting thesis defences in English, upon approval from the research supervisor and program director. Learn French (or other languages) at one of the most esteemed language schools in North America. Université Laval’s École de langues has been providing outstanding language instruction since 1937. Choose from standard or intensive classroom courses or distance learning programs and let our seasoned professors guide you through every step of the language learning process. Differential tuition fee exemptions, available for UL French courses International or Canadian applicants from outside Québec enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral programs who register for a French course recognized by Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur can take advantage of the supplemental tuition fee exemption for this course only. Contact the university for details. 3

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    YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT AND RESEARCH SUPERVISOR INSTRUCTION THAT EXCEEDS YOUR EXPECTATIONS Competent and dedicated faculty UL faculty members stand out for their availability, openness, and commitment to students. Excellence, creativity, and innovation The knowledge and expertise of UL’s teaching staff and researchers, many of whom are internationally recognized, contributes to high-quality courses and excellent instruction. Outstanding professors In addition to providing quality instruction and academic guidance to students, Laval faculty members make active contributions as: • Researchers: They encourage innovation with their discoveries (over 600 of which have been patented) • Authors of scientific papers and articles: They contribute to international scientific knowledge in all fields • Members of boards of directors, media subject matter experts, and leaders of world-class research groups: They play a role in advancing society while using their knowledge to help train the next generation—yours! HOW CAN I FIND A RESEARCH SUPERVISOR? The most important thing is to target specific subjects that interest you, then find out more about professors’ areas of research and their projects, as well as about the research groups and chairs they are part of. Once you have identified professors who work in areas that interest you, feel free to contact them directly or, if necessary, the program administrator with whom they work. BEFORE YOU CONTACT FACULTY MEMBERS It is important to use a personalized approach with faculty members. Thus, it is strongly recommended to contact a limited number of professors at a time, whose research interests are consistent with your own and previous research experiences. If your research interests converge in several areas, feel free to contact professors from related departments. Before you contact faculty members, it’s a good idea to read some of their recently published articles or look at what their students are producing (in the form of master’s or PhD theses). Next, send the faculty member you’d like to work with a personal email that includes why you’d like to work with him or her, your university experience, and your research interests or, if possible, a draft of your proposed research project showing how it fits with the professor’s field of expertise. Also include your CV (including scientific achievements and publications, laboratory experience, etc.), your academic records, a cover letter and one or two letters of recommendation. If you have received funding, inform them of the type, amount and duration. As if it were a job application, demonstrate your worth to interest the professor to your application. Keeping track of your application can show your interest to work with this professor. In contrast repetitive emails or messages may be perceived negatively. Finally, it is highly recommended, even for students living outside Quebec, to meet the professor in question. A phone interview should be considered if a meeting is impossible. Remember that our professors are in high demand and allow them time to read and evaluate your application. 4

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    TUITION FEES TUITION FEES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS Here is some information on the cost of your university education to help you plan your budget. Tuition fees are based on the number of credits for which you are registered (e.g., 1 course = 3 credits). Please allow for annual increases in basic tuition fees and supplementary tuition fees for international students and Canadian students who are not Quebec residents. Foreign students must also budget for mandatory health insurance fees at a cost of $81/month or $972/yr. The amounts below include basic tuition as well as administration fees, and technology and ancillary fees for various Université Laval services. They also include supplementary fees, depending on your status. Student fees, which vary by department to another, are also charged. FOR 2016-2017 Quebec Students Master’s and Doctoral Canadian Students from Outside Quebec Master’s Doctoral International Students Master’s Doctoral 1 course (3 credits) 1 full-time semester (15 credits) $301.50 $791.46 $301.50 $1,662.99 $1,499.73 $472.13 3,921.93 1,472.13 8 279.58 $7,463.28 1 academic year (30 credits) Medical and hospital insurance $2,944.26 $7,843.86 $2,944.26 $16,559.16 $2,944.26* $14,926.56 - - - $972/yr $972/yr Application fee $80 $80 $80 $80 $80 Application for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) - - - $110 $110 Canadian study permit - - - $150 $150 Food and lodging $10,300 $10,300 $10,300 $10,300 $10,300 Academic and personal expenses (books, transportation, clothes, etc.) $3,700 $3,700 $3,700 $3,700 $3,700 Total to budget for $17,024.26 $21,923.86 $17, 024.26 $31, 871.16 $18,256.26 * $30,238.56 Updated July 2016. These figures are approximate and are subject to change without notice. For the exact costs, go to (in French). *Université Laval has supplementary tuition fee exemption programs for international students. These programs exempt you from the supplementary fees normally required. If you qualify for one of these exemptions, you will pay the same tuition fees as Quebec students. Go to the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office website to check whether you are eligible ( 5

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    APPLY FOR ADMISSION 1 2 Choose your program Explore our selection of master’s and PhD programs at (in French). Learn about the admission requirements General admission requirements Master’s An undergraduate degree (North American bachelor’s or a licence or master’s degree, depending on the system of education) or a level of education deemed equivalent by the admissions coordinator is the minimum requirement for most master’s programs. PhD A graduate degree (North American master’s degree, European Master II, or equivalent) is required for admission to the PhD program. Specific admission requirements Consult the specific web pages of each program under the “Description officielle” tab. Did you know? In some master’s with thesis and PhD programs, applicants are strongly recommended—and in some cases even required—to choose a research supervisor as part of the admission process. Explore to find your research project and supervisor. 3 4 5 Prepare the required documents The documents required may vary depending on your profile and level of study. Some programs may also require specific documents. Visit as well as your program’s specific web page under the “Description officielle” tab for details. Submit your application for admission • Fill out the admission application form (online or PDF) at • The admission application form allows you to choose two programs. Your choices will be analyzed at the same time, and you will receive a response for each. • Be sure to include payment for your application fee. • Submit your admission application by the deadline for your applicant profile. • Send all required documents to the Registrar’s Office. To speed up the processing of your application, scanned documents may be transmitted through the online admission application or thereafter, in the secure area of the Capsule website at, by clicking on the “Admission” tab and then “Dossier de candidature”. Official documents still need to be submitted by regular mail. Please note that only complete applications will be processed. Follow up on your admission application Once you have submitted your admission application form and paid the application fee, you will receive a confirmation of receipt at your personal email address. This confirmation message will • Include your UL IDs (NI, IDUL, and UL email address []) • Allow you to access Capsule, the UL self-service website, for information about your enrollment, course of study, class schedule, grades, and more. 6

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    YOU’VE BEEN ADMITTED? Great news! Check “yes, I accept!” The offer of admission is valid only for the requested semester. You have to answer this offer of admission to enroll and choose your courses or activities. You’ll then be invited by email to register for courses in Capsule. Are you an international applicant? • If you are admitted into a program of over 6 months, you will need to take the necessary steps to legally enter Canada. • A conditional offer of admission allows you to complete immigration forms. So it’s best to start the immigration process as soon as you receive the conditional offer. • Registration for courses can only be completed in person when you arrive on campus. • Once you arrive, you will need to go to the Registrar’s Office to present your legal documents (CAQ, study permit, and passport). This step is required before you can register for courses. • Once you have submitted your legal documents, you need to go to your faculty to meet the person in charge of course registration. This person will advise you on the courses you should take and complete your registration. • Under canadian immigration laws, international students must be registered for at least 12 credits during the fall and winter semesters. Registration for the summer semester is optional for most study programs. FOR ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR STUDENT FILE Registrar’s Office Telephone: 418-656-3080 Toll free: 1-877-785-2825 Fax: 418-656-5216 YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE SOME IMPORTANT DECISIONS BEFORE APPLYING Selecting your research topic and your supervisor are major steps when you pursue a master’s or PhD degree. That’s why most programs strongly urge you to identify your research interests and research supervisor before you even apply for admission. Arts and Human Sciences For most fields of study, you’ll be responsible for specifying and defining your research topic. You may be asked to provide a draft proposal along with your application for admission. This is the first step toward defining your topic, whether or not you have already found a research supervisor. Pure and Applied Sciences In most of these sectors, your research supervisor will recommend a research topic. In some cases, you’ll help advance the efforts of a team by working on a topic that is part of a funded mandate. For programs in these fields of study, selecting a research supervisor before you apply for admission is highly recommended—or even mandatory. Making initial contacts with professors in your chosen field of study is your responsibility. HOW CAN I FIND MY RESEARCH TOPIC? Are you trying to find a research topic for your master’s or PhD? Many projects—most of which receive substantial funding—are currently under way in various fields of study. And many of them allow students to become part of research teams and receive paid compensation. To help you choose wisely, browse our online list of available research projects to find one that matches your interests and aspirations. HOW TO FIND MY RESEARCH SUPERVISOR? Please read p.4. 7

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    CAMPUS SAVOIR CONTACT US STUDENT RECRUITMENT OFFICE > Québec Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins 2325, rue de l’Université Room 3577 Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6 PHONE > 418 656-2764 > 1 877 606-1122 EMAIL > ONLINE > /futursetudiants (In French) /futursetudiants (In French) OPEN HOUSES > Fall: Saturday, November 12, 2016 Winter: Saturday, February 4, 2017 GS/09-16/200

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