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French studies (BA)

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Certificate (Cert)

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 Details

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.


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 (69 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.

Minimum cut-off averages
  • Quebec CEGEP: DEC
  • High School: C+
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C
  • Bacc. français: 11
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26
Course requirements for admission

None. You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission 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.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

You've sent your application from: Fall term deadline Winter term deadline
 Inside Canada March 1
Certain programs have extended their deadlines. Please check program availability.
November 1
Not all programs are available for this term.
Please check program availability.
Outside Canada (International)  February 1    September 1

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


  • Communication écrite/orale
  • Le français des affaires I et II
  • Le vocabulaire français
  • Grammaire fonctionnelle du français

Langue et linguistique françaises :

  • Histoire de la langue française au Québec
  • Rédaction I et II
  • Écriture pour le Web
  • Création littéraire I et II

Littérature :

  • Cultures populaires
  • Le XVIIe siècle : l’univers théâtral
  • Littératures africaine et antillaise
  • Le Moyen Âge
  • Le roman québécois contemporain

Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of current courses.

International exchange programs: Concordia offers you the opportunity to study abroad for credits at many universities in France.

Contact Concordia international for information on exchanges.

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.

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