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CIC Program in Quebec

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Quebec, Canada




Must be 18 years of age by the start of the program, at least one year (two semesters) of college French or the equivalent, a 3.0 GPA.

Application Due:


Program Cost:

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A CIC student helps out
a local street performer.
Photo by Liz Wildenberg
de Hernandez

A CIC student helps out a local street performer. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), consisting of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago, sponsors the CIC Quebec Summer Study Program. Established in 1980, this program offers its participants the chance to increase their command of French in a French-speaking environment and introduces them to the culture of Quebec, North America's largest francophone region.

Academic Program

The CIC program is affiliated with Laval University's Cours d'été pour non-francophones, which has earned an outstanding reputation for French language instruction during the last fifty years. The group is accompanied in Quebec by a resident director from one of the participating CIC universities. Students receive a total of seven semester hours for their summer in Quebec, six semester hours of which come from Université Laval coursework and the other one semester hour is an Introduction to Quebec course taught by the Resident Director. Courses at the Université Laval are designed to meet the needs of all the students of the French language, from the beginner to the advanced learner. Each student is placed in one of nine language proficiency levels according to a placement test. The language levels begin with elementary French and continue through Superior-level French where Quebecois culture and literature courses are offered. All courses are taught by the faculty at Laval and each level meets for four or five hours per day, five days a week. Course information can be found on the Laval website. CIC institutions accept undergraduate credit earned on the program. Graduate students from CIC institutions should consult their graduate college to determine the applicability of credit.

Cultural Activities

One of the unique parts of this study abroad experience are the extra-curricular activities offered by Laval's group of local student animateurs (last summer there were 23 such animateurs). They offer more than 30 hours per week of activities and in a great variety of areas, most of which are free for our students. For a calendar of the activities available to students in the summer of 2010 click here.

All CIC students, before arrival at Laval, must choose a required workshop offered by Laval and must participate in that for the entire 5 weeks. Some examples include Visite de Québec, a music workshop, sculpture workshop, and theater workshop.

Program Dates

The summer 2012 program will take place from June 28 to August 4.

Laval University

A street in the basse-ville
Photo by Liz Wildenberg de Hernandez

A distinguished Canadian university, Laval University is the oldest French speaking institution of higher learning in North America. It was founded in Quebec City in 1852 and moved to a 500-acre campus in nearby Sainte-Foy in the late nineteen-fifties. With the main buildings connected by a network of underground tunnels, its modern facilities include a new sports arena, a student co-op, banking services, a research library, up-to-date audiovisual resources, attractive housing, and excellent teaching facilities.

Quebec City

Quebec City, whose center is about six kilometers from the university, is easily accessible by bus, car, or bicycle. Less cosmopolitan and more strictly francophone than Montreal, Quebec City has also preserved more fully its traditional character. The city itself is dominated, physically and culturally, by Old Quebec, a walled town within the city. Because of its museums, its old-world atmosphere, and its rich history, Quebec City has become a chief attraction for summer visitors to the Province.

Living Arrangements

Participants live with French-speaking hosts or in university dormitories.


Minimum eligibility requirements include at least one year (two semesters) of college French or the equivalent, and a 3.0 gpa on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be 18 years of age by the start of the program. College transcripts and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student's academic and language competence are required.


The program fee for summer 2012 is $5,300 for students from CIC institutions. This amount includes tuition, housing, 2 daily meals, and insurance. Additional expenses included round-trip transportation to Quebec (approximately $500 round-trip from Chicago), the non-refundable application fee of $50, books, personal expenses, lunch meals (estimated at $250), and optional Laval University cultural activities. Please note that your home institution may require additional tuition or study abroad fees.

The CIC usually offers a limited number of scholarships covering a portion of the cost of the program. These are available to full-time students in good standing currently enrolled at CIC institutions. Applicants for the scholarships must submit a statement signed by the financial aid officer at their institution. Awards are made on the basis of need and academic ability.

How to Apply

Students attending the CIC member institutions must turn their applications in to their institution’s study abroad office NOT mail them directly to The University of Iowa (for a list of CIC study abroad offices see the program application). Your home institution may require that applications be submitted by an earlier deadline.

Download a program application PDFhere.

Graduate students should consult their graduate college to determine whether course work will apply toward a graduate degree. Admissions decisions are made by the CIC Quebec administrative and resident directors.

Application Deadline



A street in the basse-ville.
Photo by Liz Wildenberg de Hernandez

Recently accepted students, please download the acceptance packet appropriate to your home institution:

PDFAcceptance Packet for students from UWisconsin, UMinnesota, and Michigan State

PDFAcceptance Packet for students from Ohio State, Indiana, and UIowa