Special Policy for French & English Language Instruction for Tenure-Stream Faculty Members
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To support the integration of newly hired tenure-stream staff members and their spouses/partners into McGill and Montreal, McGill University provides French and English language instruction through the McGill School of Continuing Studies.
Under this special policy, the University covers the full cost of tuition and associated course fees during the first three (3) years of the staff member's tenure-stream appointment at McGill.
(1) Who is covered?
- Tenure-stream staff and their spouses/partners.
- Academic staff recruited into an initial pre-tenure-track, three-year Assistant Professor (Special Category) position, and their spouses/partners.
(2) Period of eligibility
The first three (3) years of the faculty member's appointment at McGill as a tenure-stream academic staff member (inclusive of any period as Assistant Professor (Special Category)).
(3) Eligible Courses
Courses must be taken through the McGill School of Continuing Studies.
Courses eligible under the policy include the non-credit, beginner module courses of Basic French and Elementary French, and all credit courses included in the intermediate and advanced modules of the Certificate in Proficiency - French for Professional Communication (Part-Time French Program).
Individuals whose primary language is not English may choose to enroll in eligible English language instruction which includes non-credit courses and credit courses in the intermediate and advanced modules of the Certificate in Proficiency - English for Professional Communication (Part-Time English Program).
Please note that the Intensive Programs (Full-Time English or French Program - Language and Culture) are not covered under this policy.
Further information on courses may be obtained at Language Programs and Courses
(1) Entrance Placement Exam
All individuals wishing to register for language courses at the School of Continuing Studies must write an Entrance Placement Exam (EPT).
French Language Instruction
Individuals with no knowledge of French may sign a waiver attesting that they are beginners and will thus be registered in a Basic French course. For placement test information please see French Placement Test
English Language Instruction
An Entrance Placement Exam is required of all new students to assess their level of proficiency in English. For information please see English Placement Test
(2) Course Registration
For instructions on how to register, contact one of the following people at the School of Continuing Studies:
- Robert Guirguis at 514-398-8800, extension 089653 or by robert [dot] guirguis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) , OR
- Johnny Martuccio at 514-398-2637 or by johnny [dot] martuccio [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email)
Identify yourself as an academic staff member or spouse/partner of an academic staff member so that the School of Continuing Studies can confirm your eligibility for free language instruction. Be sure to have the McGill employee ID number on hand for this purpose.
For further information concerning courses, Entrance Placement Exams or registration and session dates, please visit the School of Continuing Studies website at www.mcgill.ca/continuingstudies or request the course calendar in person at the Academic Personnel Office or the School of Continuing Studies.
(3) Documentation required for non-Canadians and non-Permanent Residents
Individuals who are non-Canadians or non-Permanent Residents of Canada must present the documentation they were issued to enter Canada when registering at the School of Continuing Studies.
(4) Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) & Study Permit
Please be advised that non-Canadians must obtain a CAQ and a valid study permit in order to pursue courses over an extended period of time.
(5) Taxable Benefit
Please note that language instruction for spouses/partners is considered a taxable benefit. As such, spouses/partners require a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) for this purpose. If you have not already applied for a SIN, please visit the government of Canada website at http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/sin/index.shtml.
The following McGill tuition assistance policies provide coverage for tuition reimbursement for courses taken at McGill. If you are interested in taking non-language courses, or if you wish to take language courses and you are not eligible under the Special Policy, please refer to these policies:
As an alternative, you may register for the lunch-time French Program offered to all staff by HR Staff Development.
In order to register for the program, you will need to write a placement test. For information on the Calendar and Workshop/Placement Test registration, please consult the web page Calendar/Workshops or contact:
- Kathryn Lamantia at the Department of Human Resources at 514-398-2000 or by kathryn [dot] lamantia [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) .