140.00 Hours Required

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).

A Certificate in French Language and Culture – FSL Intermediate is also available.

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.

Plan your certificate...

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

Advanced Standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. All courses must normally have been completed within three years of enrolment in the certificate. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 40 hours towards this certificate.

To apply for advanced standing:

  1. Consult first with the program staff at 403-220-2952.
  2. Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
  3. Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
  4. Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
  5. Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.

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 Foundations program at a level higher than French II 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

Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 40 hours for this certificate.

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.

To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:

  • Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
  • Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.
  • Attain minimum instruction hours to meet program requirements.

Note: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.

Apply for Certificate Graduation

Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.

Continuing Education Administrative Offices
Phone: 403-220-2952
Toll-Free: 1-866-220-4992
Email: language@ucalgary.ca

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