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Military applicants

Université Laval has a number of study and education programs that are adapted to your reality so you can get a proper university education and advance your career in the Canadian Armed Forces or prepare for a second career.

Prepare for your future at Université Laval

Whether you live in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada, or abroad, Université Laval has a variety of study options to help you achieve your objectives as well as flexible teaching methods that adapt to your needs, including:

  • Distance learning
  • Hybrid learning (combination of classroom and online courses)
  • Full time and part time studies
  • Daytime, evening, and even some weekend courses

Earn a bachelor’s degree to be eligible to become an officer

Are you an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces looking to earn a bachelor’s degree and become an officer? Whether you have a college diploma (DEC) or not, a university education is well within your reach.

If you do not have a DEC, you can apply for admission as a mature student. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Hold a secondary school diploma or the equivalent, such as a diploma of vocational studies or secondary school equivalency certificate
  • Not hold a DEC or equivalent
  • Have been out of the school system for a period of at least two years
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Never have been enrolled in a university or not have obtained more than 11 undergraduate credits

If you meet these criteria, we can guide you through the mature student admissions process and the steps involved in planning your return to school.

Subsidized programs for officers

To get into a full study program - which may be one of the programs subsidized by the Canadian Armed Forces - you need to earn the equivalent of 12 university credits. There are many ways to earn 12 credits. For example, you might consider non-degree studies (except for mature applicants) or a short program.

Non-degree studies (except for mature applicants)

As a non-degree student, you can register for these courses without starting a program of study.

Short programs

Short programs are 9 to 18-credit programs offered in a particular field. UL offers over 70 short programs, over 30 of which can be completed entirely on a distance learning basis.

Some short programs can be integrated in whole or in part into longer study programs such as certificates and bachelor’s degrees.

Canadian Forces Guidance and Recruitment Centre (CFGRC)

Contact the Canadian Forces Guidance and Recruitment Centre (CFGRC) to talk to a recruiter about subsidized programs, CAF education reimbursement programs, or to get advice about the prerequisites needed to achieve your professional objectives. You can also meet with a career counsellor to determine your career goals.

Québec City Area
418-844-5000 ext. 7705

Rest of Québec
450-358-7099 ext. 7308

Plan a second career

Are you planning your transition to civilian life after serving in a Canadian Armed Forces regular force unit or the Primary Reserve?

Transfer credit 

Recognition of prior learning

Post-secondary studies 

Have you completed courses at a college or another university? You could obtain course equivalencies or credits or qualify for a bridge program to move on to higher-level courses more quickly. You’ll need to apply for admission to your program of choice first, then submit a request for transfer credit to the program director to have your prior courses recognized.

Experiential learning

Do you have knowledge, skills, or abilities gained outside a recognized academic institution or in the workplace? You could be granted equivalency credit or a course exemption. You’ll need to apply for admission to your program of choice first, then submit a request for recognition of prior learning to the Registrar’s Office. Simply follow the instructions on this page: Reconnaissance des acquis scolaires (in French). 

Professional skills development

Are you in charge of professional development training in your unit or workplace? Would you like to upgrade, develop, or diversify your members’ skills? You can make it happen with continuing education.

Various undergraduate and graduate programs and close to 100 short professional development activities (1 to 18 days) are offered in Québec City, Montréal, and elsewhere across the province.

Most of these training activities (simulations, role-playing activities, case studies) can be adapted to your needs or built from scratch to meet your requirements or those of your organization.

These hands-on training sessions will have an immediate impact at your workplace. The courses can be adapted to suit your schedule and they are an excellent opportunity to share ideas and experiences with your peers.

  • Professional and career development
  • Professional development in a specific field of expertise
  • Personal development
  • Organizational support

Check out our complete range of continuing education offerings.



Student recruitment and personalized support

It is now possible to contact a student information specialist through our information request form or by phone. 

Monday to Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Pavillon Maurice-Pollack
2305, rue de l’Université
Room 1104

418 656-2764
1 877 606-5566