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Études françaises (French Studies) (BA)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA), Certificate (Cert)
Program type
Major, Minor, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why choose Études françaises (French Studies)?

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a francophone, you’re welcome here. You study French at your own pace. We offer a wide variety of language courses and you’re able to choose from academic paths in linguistics, literature or translation.

In language courses, you study and practise the techniques and structures of French. Francophone literature is a vast domain, covering a wide range of countries and spanning many centuries. You’ll learn to analyze literary texts, as well as scholarly materials and research literature, enhancing your ability to read, understand, enjoy and appraise written French.

As North America’s capital of French culture, Montreal is a living lab. You’ll connect with Quebec culture, tradition, history and literature as well as with a diverse French-speaking community from around the world.

Whether you want to work in science, culture or business, advanced training in French is a valuable linguistic asset in Canada, an essential tool for living in Quebec, and a ticket to roam la francophonie.

Program highlights

  • Unique conversation-based language learning program
  • Numerous student trips around Quebec to experience immersion in French culture
  • Reussir en francais program offers easy-to-access help for students learning French, and preparation for the Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCFQ)

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90-120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

Students in the specialization program will study French in one of two groups:
Group A: students who have completed high school in a language other than French
Group B: students who have completed high school in French

Related translation option

Read about our professional program in Traduction (Translation), Specialization in Traduction (72 credits), also offered by Department of études françaises.

  • Certificate in Langue française (30 credits)
    The Certificate in Langue française is intended for beginners and/or people who already have some knowledge of French. In both cases, this program will give individuals the opportunity to achieve a relatively advanced level of communication and expression in French.


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

CEGEP students

Specialization, Major and the Minor in littératures de langue française

  • Two CEGEP courses or equivalent in the language to be studied. If these courses have not been available in the CEGEP attended, the student may be required to complete them at the university level.

Certificate and Minor in langue française

  • No specific courses are required beyond a DEC

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Because Quebec is a French–speaking province, and Canada is an officially bilingual country, fluency in French is a huge advantage for any career you pursue in Canada. French is also one of the world’s most spoken languages, so our program opens up career opportunities for you around the globe. Our alumni follow many career paths, including:

  • Public relations
  • Professional writing
  • Journalism
  • Translation
  • Education

Remarques : Concordia est une université anglophone. Sauf indication contraire, les cours s’y donnent en anglais. Le masculin est utilisé pour faciliter la lecture.

Other programs of interest

Traduction (Translation) (BA)

The smaller and faster the world becomes, the more it needs translators: people with quick, inquisitive minds and intercultural expertise that enables them to work in diverse situations.



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