Learn to speak French with our live, interactive online conversation courses, and advance your reading and writing with our self-paced online courses. Improve your conversation, vocabulary and grammar skills as you immerse yourself in rich Francophone culture in every lesson.

Throughout the world, French is a key language in government, business, international development and diplomacy. It is not only one of Canada's official languages, but is the official language of organizations like Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, the International Olympic Committee and the UN.

Learning French can advance your career, enrich your travels, help you appreciate new cultures, and deepen family relationships.

French Conversation Courses

Focus on building confidence in your French language skills in our live interactive classes taught by our passionate, experienced instructors. Built on decades of teaching experience, our online French language conversation courses offer you a real-time virtual classroom experience where you can see and interact with your teacher and classmates. Log on at scheduled times each week to practise and improve your French in authentic and realistic scenarios.

If you’re just starting to learn French, or haven’t studied French in many years, our conversation courses offer a non-intimidating and enjoyable introduction to the language. As you progress through the course levels, you can see the results of your practice and effort.

Not sure which conversation course level you should take? Read our overview of conversational language course levels to find the one that suits your experience and skills.

French Reading and Writing Courses

While our conversation courses are geared toward acquiring fluency in speaking and listening in French, our reading and writing courses focus on helping you bring polish, accuracy and clarity to your written communications.

Steeped in Francophone culture, these courses are ideal if you work in a professional environment where French is spoken and written, such as the civil service, or if you teach French. The beginner to intermediate levels are an excellent option if you have completed two or more of our conversational courses, while our advanced courses are perfect for learners who have completed our intermediate-level reading and writing courses, consider themselves fluent in spoken French, or have previous experience studying French.

Online courses are self-paced, meaning you log in and complete work on your own schedule. Your instructor releases new modules weekly that that can include class notes, quizzes, assignments, readings, links to articles, videos and practice exercises. You might also be asked to post on discussion boards. Not sure what level is right for you? Take our quick self-assessment.

Certificate and Award of Achievement Programs

Our French language certificate and award of achievement programs offer a curriculum of courses designed to markedly improve your proficiency in French language, reading, writing and cultural understanding. Please note we are reviewing the award of achievement program with the view to improve the student experience and learning outcomes.

Courses and Programs




UBC Award of Achievement Program
The UBC Award of Achievement in French is a part-time program that offers you the opportunity to improve your skills in one of Canada's official languages. LEARN MORE

French Language and Culture

UBC Certificate Program
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. LEARN MORE