Intensive French Program: Certificate of Proficiency in French – Language and Culture Overview

Intensive French Program: Certificate of Proficiency in French – Language and Culture Overview

The certificate is designed to offer thorough and integrated instruction of French as a second/foreign language over five levels (beginner to advanced).

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

Certificate (Cert.) Proficiency - French Language and Culture (Intensive) (120 CEU's)

The Certificate of Proficiency in French - Language and Culture is designed to offer thorough and integrated instruction of French as a Second/Foreign language over six levels (beginner to advanced). The program objectives include learning strategies for speaking, listening, writing, reading and pronunciation. A specific feature of the program is a cultural...

For more information, see French Language and Culture (Intensive) (120 CEU's).

French Language and Culture: Academic Regulations

Intensive French Program: Certificate of Proficiency – French Language and Culture: Academic Regulations

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

  • Students must be at least 18 years old.
  • Students must write a Placement Test to assess their level of proficiency. This test is valid for a maximum of one (1) year. After this period, students must retake the test.

Admission procedures

Admission procedures

Students wishing to register in the Certificate of Proficiency – French Language and Culture (Intensive) must complete an application for admission (online), including:

  • payment of the application fee (CAD$84.14 – non-refundable and may be subject to change without notice) and tuition fees in Canadian funds by Visa/MasterCard, certified cheque, or money order payable to McGill University;
  • proof of age (copy of passport or birth certificate). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age;
  • payment of mandatory Blue Cross insurance for international students.

Admission to the program is on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a limited enrolment program. Students must attend class before the third day or forfeit their registration. To cancel a session, the Client Services Office must receive a written request before the end of the third day of class. The student will be refunded the remaining tuition and medical insurance fees minus a cancellation charge of CAD$200 (subject to change without notice).

For information on the term dates, please refer to www.mcgill.ca/continuingstudies/program/certificate-cert-proficiency-french-language-and-culture-intensive-120-ceus.

Academic Standing Requirements

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. Nevertheless, according to internal program regulations, a student must obtain a grade of B- (65%) or more to be permitted to register for the next level. Attendance of 80% of all lectures is required in order to proceed from one course level to the next.

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 meet the program prerequisites. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be denied permission to continue in the course in which they have registered. The French Language Programs have some internal rules which students must respect. Students are expected to speak French in the classroom and on the school premises, with the exception of the first weeks in Beginners' level.

Active participation is required in class.

Requirements of Eligibility for the McGill Certificate of Proficiency – French Language and Culture (Intensive)

Requirements of Eligibility for the McGill Certificate of Proficiency – French Language and Culture (Intensive)

  • Students must complete both CFRN 355 and CFRN 423 courses of the program and receive a minimum grade of B- (65%) in each to qualify for the Certificate of Proficiency – French Language and Culture (Intensive). Please note that CFRN 423 is recognized by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI) as equivalent to level 7 of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or Quebec Scale.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Jun. 27, 2018) (disclaimer)

Placement Tests for the Certificate of Proficiency in French – Language and Culture

Placement Tests for the Certificate of Proficiency in French – Language and Culture

All new students must take a placement test in order to determine their level and assess their needs. Students must have been admitted to the program in order to take the placement test, which is held approximately one week before classes start. The results of the test are valid for one year. Taking the test does not guarantee a place in a course. Students who have not taken courses in the Language and Intercultural Communication unit within one year are required to retake a placement test.

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

International Students

International Students

If you are not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and wish to study for longer than one semester, you must apply for one-year admission in order to obtain a Study Permit and a Quebec Certificate of Acceptance.

Students wishing to study for one semester need only apply for a Temporary Resident Visa.

You may also require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization); for more information, see www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/immigration-documents/new-etas.

McGill does not issue any immigration documents. Students are advised to begin this process as soon as possible and to be patient. For further details, contact the School's Client Services Office, the Canadian Embassy, or the Consulate in your country of residence.

By Senate regulations, ALL international students and their dependants are required to participate in the University's Blue Cross medical insurance plan. The plan meets the Immigration Québec health insurance requirements.

Students who are citizens and residents of one of the following countries and are registered as full-time students are eligible for coverage under the provincial health care plan (Québec Medicare) and are therefore not required to purchase Blue Cross medical insurance: France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Luxembourg, and Portugal. In such cases, students must apply for the Québec Medicare plan and provide proof to the School's Client Services Office.

Access to McGill Health Services is available upon payment of an additional Student Services fee.

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

Housing

Housing

The Language and Intercultural Communication unit can refer students to an organization that can place them in the home of a French-speaking family. This arrangement provides an ideal opportunity to speak French in the home setting and sample our Québecois hospitality. As well, Off-Campus Housing offers information on lodgings close to campus. University residences are available to students during the Summer session only. For more information, visit our website at www.mcgill.ca/continuingstudies/international-students or contact the Language and Intercultural Communication unit.

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)
Back to top