Study in French
As North America’s first French-language university, Université Laval is the perfect place to study, because in addition to providing a comprehensive education in French, it gives you the chance to solidify your learning immersed in a setting where life is conducted en français.
Broaden your horizons
Study in French to add value to your studies and stand out in the job market!
- French is the only language after English that is spoken on every continent. As an official language in 33 countries around the world, French is spoken by over 200 million people.
- French plays a key role in many countries as the international language of administration, diplomacy, or business. That makes it an important asset for international jobs, research work, and careers at major global organizations such as the UN, UNESCO, NATO, and the OECD.
- The French language boasts a rich cultural and scientific heritage. What is more, it is a key language in a number of fields, including social science, human science, and philosophy.
- As one of Canada’s two official languages, French is the foundation of much of Canada’s history and culture. As the official language of Québec, it will give you insight on Québec culture and open the door for fruitful social interactions here.
- Learning French helps you learn other languages, not only other Latin-based languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian, but English as well, since over 50% of the words currently in use in English have French roots.
Whether your goal is to travel, work, or build your network of business contacts or friends around the world, knowing French can be a big advantage.
Although many of the required readings are in English, nearly all lectures and interactions are in French. Students must therefore be sufficiently comfortable with the language. For most programs, an intermediate level of French is required. Language proficiency is assessed using internationally recognized tests such as the Test de français international (TFI) and Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).
In addition, a number of graduate-level programs require a certain level of English, which is also measured by recognized tests such as the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). Candidates who do not meet their program’s language requirements may be asked to take language development courses as part of their university studies. Graduate students have the option of writing their master’s or doctoral theses in English.
Think your language skills might be insufficient? To guarantee your success, Université Laval will enable you to achieve the language proficiency you need to complete a full university program.
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