Since English is the primary language of instruction and communication at McGill, you must demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.
McGill University has this language requirement to ensure that all students will have the opportunity for success in their chosen program. On the following pages you will find information on when proof of proficiency is required, not required and where exemptions may occur. Applicants to the DMD and Degree Completion Programs should click on the 'Prospective Undergraduate Students English Language Proficiency' link.
As dental students, you will be in regular contact with francophone patients in the teaching hospitals. Thus, applicants are expected to acquire a basic knowledge of the French language either before submitting their application or during their studies. Having a basic knowledge of French will be seen as an asset.
Here are a few programs offered to learn French:
- French Medical & Dental Workshops are offered by the Faculty of Medicine on weekends throughout the duration of the program. These workshops are available to applicants accepted into our undergraduate dental program. They offer five levels of conversation French (beginner to high intermediate).
- Explore: participate to a five week French immersion program while discovering another region of Canada.
- The Commission scolaire de Montréal offers French courses at a very low price.
- The YMCA International Language School offers six levels of oral and written communication, for “real” beginners to advanced speakers, with daytime classes (10 to 25 hours per week) or evening classes (3 to 6 hours per week) so you can learn or perfect your French.