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McGill SCS Certificate of Proficiency in French for Professional Communication

Montreal’s unique culture has made French an absolute necessity for social integration and furthering your professional career. No matter what you’re working towards, you’ll benefit from the most up-to-date teaching methods.

You will focus on:

  • Oral expression
  • Written expression
  • Listening comprehension
  • Written comprehension
  • Vocabulary, grammar, and writing structures

Note that all students must take a Placement Test in order to be admitted to the program.

Program Outline: Certificate (Cert.) Proficiency - French for Professional Communication


Type:   Certificate
Courses:   10
Credits:   30
Schedule:  Part-time OR Full-time if combined with the English or Bilingual Certificate
Time:   Evenings or Saturdays
Delivery:  In-person, Blended
Unit:   Global & Strategic Communications
Questions?   info.conted [at] mgill.ca




Learning Outcomes

The program is designed to enable you to:

  • Participate in meetings, interviews, and oral presentations
  • Prepare written letters, articles, and reports
  • Communicate in French in formal and informal situations
  • Gain the confidence to work in French in the Quebec professional context
  • Receive a McGill Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication

Program Courses

Certificate (Cert.) Proficiency - French for Professional Communication (30 Credits)

Admission Requirements

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

  • Students must take the a Placement Test and place into a level no higher than Intermediate High (CEFN 331/CEFN 332);
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age and hold a CEGEP diploma (DEC) or equivalent.
  • Students 21 years of age and over who do not have the normal academic background for admission may be admitted as Mature students.


Placement Test

In order to begin studying in the Certificate of Proficiency in French for Professional Communication, all new students (except for those at the beginner level) are required to take placement test in French. Test results are used to evaluate your current level of proficiency and determine which level and course you can register in according to our program structure. Students can take the test once per session and the results are valid for one year.

Beginner Level Participants

Beginner students who have little or no knowledge of French can fill out a waiver to be exempted from the Placement Test. Students who submit a waiver will be placed in our Basic French course (CEFN 102). If you are a beginner and would like to begin studying in this program, please fill out the waiver and email it to language.conted [at] mcgill.ca

2023 Placement test dates:


January 3 - January 5

January 10 - January 12

January 31 - February 2

March 14 - March 16

March 28 - March 30

April 4 - April 6

April 11 - April 13

April 18 - April 20

April 25 - April 27

May 16 - May 18

June 13 - June 15

July 11 - July 13

July 25 - July 27

August 1 - August 3

August 8 - August 10

August 15 - August 17

August 22 - August 24

August 29 - August 31

October 3 - October 5

October 31 - November 2

November 14 - November 16

November 28 - November 30

December 5 - December 7

December 12 - December 14

January 2 - January 4

 ChecklistReady to take the next step?

Be sure to review all the necessary instructions and guidelines to help make your application process smooth and easy.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Language Requirements

Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

International Students

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Need help applying?

Contact us at info.conted [at] mcgill.ca
or call 514-398-6200

Questions about your admission?

Contact us at admissions.scs [at] mcgill.ca
or call 514-398-6200

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