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Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication Academic Information

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication program:

  1. Students must take the Entrance Placement Test (EPT) and place into a level no higher than Intermediate High (this level consists of the following courses: CEFN 331 – Functional Grammar/Writing 3 and CEFN 332 – Communication Practice 3).
  2. Students must be at least 18 years of age and hold a CEGEP diploma (D.C.S. or equivalent).
  3. Students 21 years of age and over who do not have the academic background for admission may be admitted as mature students.
  4. Students between 18 and 21 years of age who do not have a CEGEP diploma or equivalent may be accepted into a qualifying program to be determined by the Department. Formal admission to the Certificate Program will normally follow upon satisfactory completion of the qualifying program.

How to Apply

Ready to apply? For application information, see the Apply section.

All students seeking admission to the Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication must also submit their Entrance Placement Test result.
Students who are already taking courses and who are eligible for admission to the program are strongly advised to apply within their first session of studies.
Students who do not register within one year of the date of acceptance will be required to reapply.

Residency Requirements and Advanced Standing

Students are required to complete at least 70% of the total program requirements at McGill University (7 out of 10 courses).
Students are permitted to be away from the program for three consecutive sessions without reapplying and retaking the Entrance Placement Test.
Advanced standing of up to 9 credits may be awarded for equivalent courses that were successfully completed at the university level within the last five years.

Time Limits

The program must normally be completed within four years. Students exceeding the time limit may request an extension in writing, which may be granted under special circumstances with the approval of the Director.

Academic Standing and Program Requirements

  • A student who obtains a grade of C (55%) or more in a given course is considered to have passed the course and is awarded three (3) university credits. Nevertheless, according to internal program regulations, a student must obtain a grade of B- (65%) or more in each course to be permitted to register for the next level and to qualify for the Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication.
  • Students must attend two-thirds of all lectures.
  • A maximum of two unsatisfactory grades per course and a total of three unsatisfactory grades in the program are permitted. Students who have more than three unsatisfactory grades on their record will be required to withdraw from the program.
  • In order to be eligible for graduation, students must complete all program requirements with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, which will be computed over all courses (including supplemental and unsatisfactory grades) taken in the program.

Independent (Special) Students

Students not wishing to be admitted to the program may register in a course as an independent (special) student provided they have taken the Entrance Placement Test or have completed the necessary prerequisites.

An independent (special) student is one who takes credit courses but is not recognized as working toward the Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication. The number of courses an independent (special) student may take is limited. Students wishing to obtain the Certificate are encouraged to apply to the program before completing four courses.

Independent (special) students taking courses in the Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication program will be governed by the same Academic Standing and Program Requirements as students admitted into the program.