Effective communication is key to success in the world today. In bilingual Canada, and in many other parts of the world, speaking French gives you access to career and travel opportunities you might not otherwise have, and a greater ability to experience and understand Francophone culture.
The UBC Certificate in French Language and Culture will help you expand your French language skills and prepare for study, travel or doing business at home and throughout the French-speaking world.
- Delivered part time at UBC Robson Square and the UBC Vancouver campus, with some courses available online (currently online due to COVID-19)
- Requires completion of minimum of five French language courses and a final project
- Program costs between CAD$2,845 and CAD$3,345
- Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
- After this program you can expect to achieve language profiency at a level equivalent to B2 of the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
- Provides the opportunity to learn the specialized French needed in your area of expertise and to understand the different cultural backgrounds of the countries where French is spoken
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This program helps you to become more proficient in the French language and to acquire a greater understanding of Francophone culture in a variety of countries.
You learn specific vocabulary, correct use of grammar, verb tenses and nuances of colloquial and formal language, as well as how to use the correct protocol, practise possible encounters with prospective clients, and prepare and deliver speeches.
By completing the UBC Certificate in French Language and Culture, you will be at a level equivalent to B2 of the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Who It's For
This program is designed for professionals and students who need to communicate with, as well as understand the culture of, their colleagues, instructors and clients.
This program is intended for the individual who already has a basic foundation in French and would like to advance their language skills to be able to function at a high level in their field of specialization, and to be able to interact easily with native speakers. If you are at a beginner level of French, please see the UBC Award of Achievement in French.
The UBC Certificate in French Language and Culture is a part-time program consisting of a minimum of five courses taken in a combination of in-class and online. Starting at the Lower Intermediate level, you must complete the Advanced level before starting your final project. During the course of your program you must complete one online Reading and Writing course. You are assessed at each level in reading, writing and oral skills. You have up to two years to complete the program requirements.
Note: This program cannot be completed entirely online. In-class courses are a required component.
Students who have previously taken a French course with UBC Extended Learning may ask to have it applied retroactively to the certificate. Note that only one course requirement can be applied retroactively, as students are assessed as they progress through the program.
In-class language courses are offered on evenings and weekends at UBC Vancouver or downtown at UBC Robson Square. Courses are conversational with a focus on practical communication skills and are student-centered and interactive. For extra practice at home, you have access to our Moodle site where our instructors have developed and selected online language learning resources that include grammar exercises, listening exercises and cultural resources.
Online reading and writing courses are nine weeks long and involve weekly readings followed by grammar and vocabulary exercises. You receive personalized feedback on writing assignments.
UBC Extended Learning strongly suggests that students have the following technology and expertise in order to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online:
- familiarity with basic Internet applications (email and web browser)
- a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or other web browser.
Your computer operating system must meet the following minimum specifications:
- PC: Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
- Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.
The curriculum consists of a minimum of five courses followed by a final project. Each in-class course consists of nine weekly classes focusing on speaking and listening skills. Each online course is nine weeks long and involves readings, grammar and vocabulary exercises, and written assignments.]
French Language Courses
The first part of the program consists of a minimum of five French language courses, plus tests. Students with previous French language experience will be placed in the appropriate conversational level but are still required to complete a minimum of five courses and the final project to achieve the certificate. The language courses are designed to be taken in sequence; each course builds upon knowledge gained in earlier ones. View our Overview of Conversational Course Levels.
|French Lower Intermediate|
|French Intermediate/Advanced (focusing on Intermediate level language skills)|
|French Intermediate/Advanced (focusing on either Intermediate or Advanced level language skills, depending on individual)|
|Reading and Writing French Intermediate OR Advanced (depending on level of individual student)|
View all French language courses.
This module consists of a final written project and oral presentation. Students are expected to present a proposal and outline, conduct their research and submit a draft. Upon approval of the written project, students make an oral presentation followed by a question period.
Students are assessed based on demonstrated oral abilities in class, on written assignments in online classes and exams written after each level. Repetition of courses may be necessary to achieve the required competency before moving to the next level.
Instructors are native French speakers with experience working in French-speaking countries.
Participants must apply and be accepted into the program before registering for courses. There is a CAD$175 non-refundable registration fee, due upon acceptance into the program. The cost of each language course (including course materials) is CAD$335-CAD$450. The cost for the personalized module is CAD$595.
All fees are subject to change.
Fees are paid on a course-by-course basis and total approximately CAD$2,845-CAD$3,345, including a one-time CAD$175 non-refundable application fee, due upon acceptance into the program. Fees are subject to change. Course fees include all course materials.
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, MasterCard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice at least three business days before the course begins to be eligible for a refund (less a CAD$50 administration fee). An email is considered adequate written notification. No refund will be made for cancellations received later than three business days before the course begins.
UBC Extended Learning is sometimes forced to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, you will be contacted by email or by phone and a full refund provided. Before applying to this program you must read and understand the terms and conditions in the Program Handbook .
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.
Applicants are accepted provided they pass the preliminary interview with Certificate Program Coordinator and have completed high school.
To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, interested participants should call the Certificate Program Coordinator or email us.
Applicants should read and thoroughly understand the Program Handbook before applying to the program. Participants must apply and be accepted into the program before registering for courses.
Complete the following steps to submit your application:
- Complete the online application form. You should include personal and/or career goals, interests and program expectations.
- Once you have been accepted into the certificate program, you must pay the CAD$175 non-refundable application fee online. Details of payment requirements and options will be included in an email confirming your acceptance into the certificate program.