The French Language and Culture certificates provide university recognition for programs of study in French as a second language (FSL). Two certificate levels are offered.
The Certificate in French Language and Culture – FSL Foundations is ideal for the beginning French learner. It provides learners with a solid base of grammar and oral skills in order to acquire the basic skills required for communication in French.
Before enrolling in this certificate, students must have completed University of Calgary Continuing Education course FRE 100 French I or its equivalent and, from there, will move through subsequent levels. Students with previous knowledge of French who would like to enrol in a level higher than French I can arrange to take a placement test (see Prior Learning Assessment for Advanced Standing).
A Certificate in French Language and Culture – FSL Intermediate is also available.
Wondering how to get started?
Take a look at these frequently asked questions.
All Continuing Education Certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. Most courses are offered in the evening at the University of Calgary main campus. Immersion weekends are held off campus. Courses are offered in classroom format and include final examinations.
The French Language and Culture Certificate – FSL Foundations is a 140-hour program. Students who choose to take at least one course per session can complete the program in approximately one and a half years.
You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.
You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.
A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.
Note: If you have not enrolled in the certificate program, but plan on applying later, please notify your instructor of your intentions so that you are evaluated and graded in your courses.Apply for Certificate Admission
Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions
Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 40 hours towards this certificate.
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To assess your knowledge of French
If you have prior knowledge of French, you may take a placement test to determine the appropriate level for you to begin. Students who begin the FSL Intermediate program at a level higher than French V may be required to fulfill core requirements by taking substitution courses.
Substitution courses could include:
- French Immersion Weekend courses offered through the French Centre, Continuing Education
- French degree courses offered by the Department of French, Italian and Spanish at the University of Calgary, or a maximum of 40 hours from another institution following approval by the program director
- FLIP degree courses (courses taught in French in disciplines other than French language and literature) offered at the University of Calgary from various departments and faculties (see www.ucalgary.ca/frenchcentre/flip)
The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 40 hours for this certificate.
On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.
Students who successfully complete the Certificate in French Language and Culture – FSL Foundations can move directly into the Certificate in French Language and Culture – FSL Intermediate.
If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and email email@example.com requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next certificate — this will not happen without your request.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.
View our Graduation page for details.
Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.
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