The French courses for non-francophones, offered by our Languages Center, prepare students in both oral and written communication, for professional, academic and everyday situations. These university-level courses focus on the development of language, communication, and cultural skills to provide them with the tools they need for social integration on campus and beyond the walls of the classroom. Exchanges and interactions in small groups promoting fluency and fluidity of expression are encouraged.
Our French as a Second Language program is tuition FREE here for exchange students as long as you pay your regular tuition to your home school to allow the transfer of credits in your home study program. As an exception, it is also possible to take this program for free the semester prior to a normal exchange semester to meet our French proficiency requirements (in this case, the transfer of credits is not necessary for the first semester).
We offer a variety of classes in oral, writing, culture and phonetics for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students. Our online Placement Test determines your course options. We suggest you take the test 2 months before the beginning of the semester. Every 3 credits in oral communication takes place over 3 weeks (Monday to Friday - AM). Upon completion, you can advance to the next level. Some written communication courses are also intensive and last 4 weeks (Monday to Friday - PM). This intensive schedule does not allow you to take other classes at the same time unless they are night classes. If you choose this program, you need to be aware that according to the results of the French test, classes may start a few weeks after or finish a few weeks before regular students.
Deadline to submit the complete exchange application by mail:
Fall: March 31
Winter: September 15
Summer: February 1st
♦ Section Programme d’études of the Admission Form:
It is important you write Microprogramme de français langue seconde
IMPORTANT: If you plan to plan to come for 2 semesters, make sure your home university sends us your exchange application at least 5 months before the starting date in order to get your CAQ and Study permit in time.