- How do I know which course to register in?
Every new student has to take an Entrance Placement Test. The results they get will determine the level they will begin their studies in.
- How many courses are there per level?
Each level has two core courses. To move on to the next level, a student must complete both core courses of the level with a minimum grade of B-.
- Can I get the Certificate of Proficiency even if I start at the advanced level?
No. The program is divided into five levels. Students who want to get the Certificate will need to complete 30 credits either by taking all 10 core courses or by taking a combination of core courses and complementary courses.
Students who start at the Advanced 1 level and complete all four core courses of Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 (CEEN 411, 412, 421, & 422) will be able to ask for the Attestation of Proficiency.
- Am I automatically admitted into the Certificate Program when I register for a course?
No. A student who wants to get the Certificate of Proficiency will need to submit an application for admission to the Certificate Program. [link to application]
- What are the admissions deadlines?
There are three periods of admissions per year. The deadlines are as follows:
- How do I get the Certificate?
In order to get the Certificate of Proficiency, students must apply for admission in Minerva. Once admitted, students need to complete the 30 credits necessary for the Certificate; and maintain a minimum GPA (grade point average) of 2.0/4.0.
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.
- Can I get Loans & Bursaries (AFE)?
Under certain conditions, yes. To find out which ones, please consult the AFE website or contact McGill’s Scholarships and Student Aid Office. An information session concerning the Loan & Bursaries is held at the beginning of both the Fall and Winter semesters.
- During the Summer Term, can I get Loans & Bursaries?
Again, certain conditions apply. Please consult AFE website as well as consult your McGill Program Advisor.
- Do you offer French courses officially recognized by the Ministere de l’immigration, de la Diversite et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) as the required level for any immigration application?
CEFN 332-412-422 (any one of the three) are recognized by the MIDI.
- How long will it take to get the Certificate?
The courses of the Certificate are offered three times per year. If a student registers for two courses per semester, it will take five sessions.
- What happens if I don’t register for a semester?
A student is allowed to step out of his/her program for up to three consecutive semesters. Past that deadline, he/she will be requested to take the Entrance Placement Test again, and if he/she has been admitted to the Program, contact the Admissions Office to validate his/her admission status.
- How many courses can I take in a semester?
The answer depends on the level that you are registered in. It will range from two to four, i.e. at the High Intermediate (3 courses); advanced 1 (4 courses); advanced 2 (3 courses) for the English Program; at the High Intermediate (2 courses); advanced 1 (3 courses); advanced 2 (2 courses) for the French Program.
- What is the minimum passing grade needed to move up a level?
Students need to complete both courses of a level with a minimum grade of B- in each of the courses.
- How many hours of work per work for a course?
You should commit at least 1 hour of work at home for each hour of class time.
- How many semesters per year?
There are three semesters per year: Fall, Winter, and Summer.
- What do I do if I need to drop a course?
There are two ways to drop a course within the withdrawal deadlines:
1) Using Minerva OR Athena;
2) Presenting oneself at the Client Services and completing the Add/Drop form.
- What are the deadlines to withdraw from courses?
The information is found in the Important Dates Document [link to document]
- What do I do if I need to postpone a final exam?
To request a final exam deferral, students need to submit the Request for Final Examination Deferral for English and French Language Programs with supporting documentation.
- How do I know where to go on the first day of class?
Classrooms are listed in your Weekly Schedule in Minerva (Student tab, Registration Menu); As well, classroom information is posted the first week of class in 688 Sherbrooke Street W. on the 1st, 2nd and 11th floors. A hall monitor is also present during the first week of class to help students find their classrooms.
- What’s the difference between a Pre-requisite and a Co-requisite course?
A pre-requisite course is a course that must be taken before another course. A co-requisite course must be taken at the same time as another course.