The Mon Français Program

The Mon Français Program provides subsidized French language courses through McGill University's School of Continuing Studies to eligible full-time academic and librarian staff on a temporary work permit only. 

The Program accepts exclusively the following staff members and their spouses:

  • Tenure-track or tenured staff on a temporary work permit;
  • Assistant professors (Special Category) on a temporary work permit;
  • Ranked Contract Academic Staff (CAS) on a temporary work permit.

The Mon Français Program is intended to help these staff members obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), which is required to apply for Canadian permanent residency. Staff members on a temporary work permit can obtain a CSQ if they satisfy the requirements of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI). For the Programme Expérience Québec path, the CSQ applicant must demonstrate a minimum French proficiency at the Advanced Intermediate level (level 7) of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Proof of level 7/level B2 French proficiency is recognized by MIDI as a passing grade in the TEFaQ French evaluation test established by MIDI. The Mon Français Program provides access to French language instruction (without credit) to meet this requirement.


Only courses in the part-time French program taken through the School of Continuing Studies are subsidized in the Mon Français Program. These include:

Certificate of Proficiency - French for Professional Communication up to and including CEFN 332.

Classes are offered in the fall, winter and spring, once or twice a week/8-10 weeks, depending on the term.

TEF Canada / TEFaQ Test Preparation Course – Oral Communication (Test d'évaluation du français adapté au QC) 

This is a 6 week course for students who have attained a B1 French proficiency level via French courses or by placing intermediate or higher in the placement test. 


Cost and Reimbursement

The placement test and course fees are waived, provided the participant completes the course with a passing grade.

The TEFaQ Preparation Course and TEFaQ exam are reimbursed to the staff member via expense report. Submit your request to relocation.apo [at] (subject: Mon%20Francais%20Reimbursement) including:

  • all original payment receipts for the course and for the test
  • confirmation of test date
  • expense report


Visit the School of Continuing Studies and ask to be registered in the Mon Français Program. You must bring your McGill ID, passport, and Temporary Work Permit. If you are a true beginner, you may waive the placement test.

To sign up for a placement test, go to SCS French Placement Test Dates.

School of Continuing Studies
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1199 (11th floor)
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1

For assistance with registration, please contact the Student Affairs Administrator, Joey Settino, at 514-398-6614, or by email at joey.settino [at]


Slowing the reappointment clock

Tenure-track academic and librarian staff in the Mon Français Program may request a one-year delay of reappointment or tenure consideration, provided that they have passed at least 200-hours of French instruction at the School of Continuing Studies prior to the year of reappointment consideration. Requests are to be addressed to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and submitted to relocation.apo [at] (subject: Slowing%20the%20Reappointment%20Clock%2FMon%20Francais) at least three months before the beginning of the year of reappointment consideration, or by June 1 of the year of tenure consideration.

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