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Université Laval (Faculty-led)
Quebec City, Canada
Program Terms: Summer II
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2016 02/29/2016** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Host Family
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
 Program Length:
Summer, Short-Term
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Founded in 1852, the Université Laval is the oldest French language university in America and the center for Quebec's largely francophone culture. Due in part to active exchange programs with universities around the world, it has an international student population close to 2000 and a total student population close to 35,000.

WMU studenet program: After arrival, students participate in a five-day introductory course on Quebecois History and Culture, followed by a four or five-week French course. The course on Quebecois History and Culture is taught by WMU Professor Dr. Vincent Desroches, and the French course is taught by professors in the ecole des langues.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

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Quebec City is the provincial capital, located at the convergence of the St. Lawrence and St. Charles rivers, in the core of French Canada. This major industrial, cultural, service, and tourist center has a rich history and is a delightful blend of both New and Old World culture. The "Lower Town"  is built on the waterfront and the "Upper Town" is situated on Cape Diamond, a bluff rising 300 ft (91 m) above the St. Lawrence River. Winding, narrow streets link these two sections of the city. The Quebecois are a warm and friendly people, full of energy and creativity to match their vast surroundings, and proudly attached to the language and culture that make them unique in many ways. The surrounding area offers many notable sights, such as Montmorency Falls, the Ile d'Orléans, and the shrine of Ste Anne de Beaupré. Also, the Summer Festival in Old Quebec during the month of July attracts hundreds of singers and musicians from around the world.

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Academic Eligibility
One year of college French or equivalent preferred.
Also open to beginners.

Academic Program
Participants are enrolled in FREN 4770 (5 credits) and 5800-level LANG (2 credits).

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and WMU Study Abroad. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the Study Abroad office. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and Study Abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead!  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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All participants are strongly encouraged to stay with a Francophone family. The housing application is made separately and directly to Laval.

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Summer II 2016

Sunday, June 26:  Arrive in Quebec City and meet host family
Monday, June 27: Begin culture course with Professor Desroches
Monday, July 4:    Begin French language program at Laval University
Friday, August 5:  Program concludes
Friday, August 5 or Saturday, August 6:  Return to U.S. or personal travel

* Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Faculty Director:
Dr. Vincent Desroches
Department of Foreign Languages
820 Sprau Tower
Phone: (269) 387-6241

WMU Study Abroad office:
Ann Ganz
Acting Associate Director
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
University Homepage

Country Information (external links)
Quebec Information
Further Information
Quebec Cultural Information
Country Information from U.S. Department of State
Country Specific Information - Canada
Culturegram - Canada

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