Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication Overview

Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication Overview

This 30-credit part-time program is aimed at the community at large, including the employees of McGill University.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Jun. 27, 2018) (disclaimer)

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

This award-winning part-time certificate program has been designed to enable students to master, in both oral and written French, the linguistic and communicative skills necessary to function effectively in a professional francophone environment. ...

For more information, see French for Professional Communication (30 credits).

Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication: Academic Regulations

Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication: Academic Regulations

Admission Requirements

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

Admission Procedures

For more information, please see School of Continuing Studies > Getting Started > Admission Requirements > Admission Procedures: Continuing Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates and Diplomas.

All students seeking admission to the Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication must also submit their Entrance Placement Test (EPT) result. Students who are eligible for admission to the program are strongly advised to submit an Application for Admission within their first session of studies.

Residency Requirements and Advanced Standing
  • Students are required to complete at least 70% of the program requirements at McGill University.
  • Advanced Standing of up to nine (9) credits may be granted for successfully completed equivalent courses taken at the university level within the last five years.
  • Students are permitted to be away from the program for three (3) consecutive sessions without reapplying and retaking the Entrance Placement Test.

Time Limits

The program must be completed within four years of the date of admission. Students may request in writing an extension of this time limit, which may be granted under special circumstances with the approval of the Director.

Academic Standing Requirements

A student who obtains a grade of C (55%) or more in a given course is considered to have passed the course and is awarded three (3) university credits. Nevertheless, according to internal program regulations, 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.

An attendance of 2/3 of all lectures is mandatory.

A maximum of two unsatisfactory grades per course/level is permitted in a Certificate of Proficiency program. A student who cannot pass to a higher level after two attempts must have the permission of the relevant program coordinator in order to have permission to remain in the program. Overall, a maximum of three unsatisfactory grades is permitted in any of the Certificate of Proficiency programs.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that course and program requirements are met. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be denied permission to continue in the course/program.

In order to be eligible for graduation, students must complete all program requirements with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, which will be computed over all courses (including supplemental and unsatisfactory grades) taken in the program.

Special Students

Students not wishing to be admitted to the program may register as a "Special Student" in a course, provided they have taken the Entrance Placement Test (EPT), or have completed the necessary prerequisites. Please consult School of Continuing Studies > Getting Started > Admission Requirements > Special Student Status for further information pertaining to Special Students.

Special Students, although not formally admitted to the program, are expected to demonstrate seriousness of academic purpose, and are governed by the Academic Standing Requirements mentioned above.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Jun. 27, 2018) (disclaimer)

Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication: Entrance Placement Test (EPT)

Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication: Entrance Placement Test (EPT)

All new students are required to take an Entrance Placement Test (EPT) to assess their level of proficiency. The EPT is valid for a period of one (1) year from the test date. Students who do not register for a course within this time will be required to retake the EPT. Students who have no knowledge of French can sign a waiver attesting that they are beginners. Students who decide to sign this waiver after having read its contents carefully will be registered in a Basic French course. However, the Director has the right to transfer any student to another level if the waiver does not reflect the true level of the student.

The Entrance Placement Test lasts approximately two hours.

Since the test is written by large groups of students, test-takers are advised to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time and bring two pieces of photo ID, a sharp HB pencil, and an eraser.

The fee for the test is $36.82 (non-refundable and may be subject to change), payable at the time of registration for the test. Your test results will be ready 3–5 business days after the placement test date. When they are ready, we will notify you by email and provide you with instructions on how to retrieve them. Information about course registration will be given out at the placement test.

For information on the Entrance Placement Test dates, please refer to continuingstudies.mcgill.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=19673.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Jun. 27, 2018) (disclaimer)
School of Continuing Studies—2018-2019 (last updated Jun. 27, 2018) (disclaimer)
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