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Language Policy

Language Policy

The main language of instruction at McGill is English. You have the right to write essays, examinations, and theses in English or in French except in courses where knowledge of a language is one of the objectives of the course.

If you need to improve your English skills, you should take an intensive course in English as a second language before or at the start of your studies. Information concerning second language course offerings can be found through the School of Continuing Studies at www.mcgill.ca/conted/langprg and the French Language Centre at www.mcgill.ca/flc, and in the publications Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Summer Studies and Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > School of Continuing Studies. There are special language requirements for Faculty of Education students; see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Faculty of Education.

Note for Continuing Studies: For English language programs, see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > School of Continuing Studies > Areas of Study > Languages > The Language and Intercultural Communication Unit – English Language Programs.

Revision, August 2012. Start of revision.

Note for the Faculty of Law: Due to the bilingual nature of the Law program, examinations, term papers, and essays may be written in either English or French. Participation in Moot Courts may also be in either language. While examination questions are set in the language in which a course is given, they may contain materials in either English or French.

Revision, August 2012. End of revision.

Revision, July 2012. Start of revision.

Note for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: You should refer to University Regulations and Resources > Graduate > Regulations > Registration > Courses Taken as Extra to a Program.

Revision, July 2012. End of revision.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2012-2013 (last updated Jan. 30, 2013) (disclaimer)