Freshman/Foundation U0

If you are coming to McGill directly from high school or entering with 0-23 credits of Advanced Standing, then you will be a Freshman/Foundation Year student (U0), and you must complete the Freshman/Foundation Year Program. Carefully review the First Year Guide to help you prepare!

Please note that the “Freshman/Foundation Courses Incomplete” hold is automatically placed on the records of all newly admitted students entering the Bachelor of Arts degree with less than 24 credits. The “Freshman/Foundation Courses Incomplete” hold is simply an indication located at the top of your student record that Freshman/Foundation Year Program courses are in progress. This hold will not block you from course registration.

If you are a Freshman/Foundation (U0) student and have earned 24 or more credits after successful completion of your first term (Fall), including advanced standing credits at the time of admission, you must request to change your year (from U0) to U1 as of the winter term:

  1. Ensure that all of your final grades for your first term at McGill are showing on your record;
  2. Submit your request to Service Point.

Newly admitted students (non-CEGEP) should also refer to the Quick Guide (Non-CEGEP) 2023-2024

Advanced Standing

BA Freshman/Foundation Year Program

The Bachelor of Arts Freshman/Foundation Program is designed to ensure that you gain a broad foundation for the three-year degree program. It is comprised of 24-30 credits in one of two program options: General or En français. Courses taken to fulfill the core requirements in either option must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. They cannot include courses taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option. If you have received Advanced Standing—such as APs, IBs, ALs, or university transfer credits—you may be exempt from part or all of the B.A. Freshman/Foundation Program requirements.

In Option 1 "General Option" you are able to develop your own program of study using courses from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, and/or Math and Sciences. Students choosing this option are eligible to register in First-Year Seminars, which are small-enrollment classes offered by several departments exclusively for Freshman/Foundation Year students.

In Option 2 "En français" you are able to choose up to 18 credits from a variety of courses conducted in French.

In both Options 1 and 2, your courses should generally be at the introductory level with 100 or 200-level course numbers. In addition, the majority of your courses must be chosen from those offered by the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science. Note that any course listed under another Faculty’s offerings is considered to be a Faculty of Arts course if it is listed in the Faculty of Arts section of the Course Calendar.

Option 1 - General Option

This option includes a core requirement of 6 credits in 3 of the following 4 categories: Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, and Mathematics & Science. A maximum of 18 credits may be chosen from any one category (i.e. Social Sciences) but no more than 12 credits may be taken in one department (i.e. History). Courses must be selected from the Approved Freshman/Foundation Course List

I. Social Science

Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies
Political Science

II. Humanities

Art History & Communications Studies
Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies
Religious Studies

LITERATURE AND CIVILIZATION courses ONLY from the following departments and programs:

East Asian Studies
German Studies
Hispanic Studies
Islamic Studies
Italian Studies
Jewish Studies
Russian Studies

III. Languages

In this category, you may take courses to acquire or to improve your language skills. Literature and civilization courses offered by these departments count as Humanities, not Language courses. A placement test and/or approval from the appropriate department may be required.

Classics (Latin, Ancient Greek or Modern Greek)
East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
English or French as a Second Language
French Language & Literature
German Studies
Hispanic Studies (Portuguese, Spanish)
Islamic Studies (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu)
Jewish Studies (Hebrew, Yiddish)
Religious Studies (New Testament Greek, Sanskrit)
Russian & Slavic Studies
(Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Armenian, Czech)

IV. Mathematics and Science

Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Computer Science
Earth & Planetary Sciences
Math & Statistics
Psychological Statistics

Option 2 - En français

This option includes a core requirement of 18 credits of courses conducted in French. These credits may be comprised wholly of language courses, wholly of substantive content courses conducted in French, or a combination of the two. You may be required to take a proficiency test.

Depending on your level of proficiency, you may include a maximum of 12 credits of intensive French language courses. An intensive language course is a 6 credit term course. If you are at the introductory level, you must take at least 6 credits in French in your Freshman year, but you may be permitted to complete the remaining core requirement credits in year U1.

The remainder of your credits must be comprised of courses from the Approved Freshman/Foundation Course List.

French Language and Literature

FREN 199
FREN 201
FREN 203
FREN 231
FREN 239
FREN 245

French as a Second Language

FRSL 101
FRSL 105
FRSL 206
FRSL 207
FRSL 208
FRSL 211
FRSL 212
FRSL 215
FRSL 216
FRSL 302
FRSL 303
FRSL 321
FRSL 322
FRSL 325
FRSL 326
FRSL 332
FRSL 333
FRSL 407
FRSL 408
FRSL 431
FRSL 432
FRSL 445
FRSL 446
FRSL 449
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