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Modern Languages Certificate (French)

Benefit from advanced training in French as an invaluable linguistic asset in Canada and beyond.

Regardless of your career choices, your language skills are in demand as French is the official language in 29 countries across multiple continents. Immerse yourself in learning French to improve your verb conjugations, conversation skills and join 274 million other people speaking French fluently across the globe. Access French and intercultural skills through a combination of lively courses, field school opportunities and immersive study abroad options.

French is one of the world’s most spoken languages and so employers in all fields appreciate that to be competitive and successful, their companies and employees must champion an increased knowledge of the language. Navigate the global marketplace as a multi-language communicator and you’ll communicate more effectively with contacts worldwide, demonstrating a higher respect for the interrelation of language and human nature.

Why pursue this certificate?

International careers open up

Globalization and remote work is affecting how people live and labour. You already know that multi-language proficiency is a tremendous asset. You can pave your own way in an international career with a global future. In-depth knowledge of a second language like French enhances cognitive skills and prepares you to troubleshoot an array of unseen challenges.

Share and speak

An interactive approach gives you interdisciplinary skills in oral and written communication, including literature and culture. Our professors use a variety of delivery methods to accommodate different learning styles and foster quality teaching through the sharing of teaching ideas, resources and experiences.

What will I learn?

To the lab!

Take advantage of our language lab — the core of our program. Serving not only as our star teaching resource but also as a focal point for your learning and information sharing about language-related issues and opportunities. Thirty digital workstations allow for instruction inside the tech space, and provide access to a number of valuable online resources. Record and listen to your voice, gaining hours of oral practice.

Francophone field school

Learn on a global scale and mix adventure with education! Take a three-credit course offered abroad for the learning experience of a lifetime. Each field school destination is chosen to suit the course learning outcomes and materials. Go beyond the classroom and enhance your learning through day trips and immersive cultural experiences.

» Learn more about Study Abroad

  • 92% of graduates said that said the quality of instruction was very good or good
  • 100% were working full-time
  • 54% took further studies
  • 100% said the knowledge and skills gained were useful in performing their job

BC Student Outcomes Data (2018-2020)

How the program works

  • FRAN 2110/2210 Intermediate French 1 and 2.
  • FRAN 2310/2410 Advanced Intermediate French 1 and 2.
  • FRAN 3110/3210 Advanced French 1 and 2.
  • Plus any two other approved modern language courses at the 1000 level.
  • 24 credits of French and other languages

What you need to get in

Open admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)
 If you don’t meet the requirements

You can take upgrading courses at TRU to help you meet the requirements of this program.

» Talk to a student recruiter about your options. You may be eligible for free tuition. Or learn more about upgrading.

Career Options / Laddering options

Because Canada is an officially bilingual country, Québec is a French–speaking province, and fluency in French is a huge advantage for any career you pursue in Canada or abroad, your career options blossom with this additional language.

Careers for language proficiency include:

  • Public relations and marketing
  • Professional writing and journalism
  • Overseas business representatives
  • Instructors and teaching assistants
  • Non-governmental organizations and non-profit workers
  • Court interpreters
  • Translators and translating techs
  • International legal workers

Recent graduates have been employed in a variety of fields including translation, education, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Laddering options

I love the multiculturalism in the classroom, being in class with people from all over the world.”
— Zander Buchanan, languages student

Taking language courses was a really nice way to round-out my education. French is such an important language on the other side of Canada, and I was really grateful to improve my French at TRU before moving to Québec.”
— Tatiana Fedotova, French student

If you value cultural exchange, quality education and outdoor activities, TRU is a place I recommend. Studying a new language and culture has widened my view in both the physical and human features of geography.”
— Richmond Yu, languages student

Program Details

Certificate in Modern Languages (French)
24 credits
Open to international applicants

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for this program per semester:

  • Canadian
  • International
Choose the number of courses:
Tuition $0.00
Fees $0.00
Books and supplies
Typically about $150 per course
Total (CDN) $0.00

Does not include a lab fee of $23.03 that may apply to some courses.

These are only estimates - your actual cost may vary.

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