at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Gain strong skills in French language and a critical insight into Francophone literatures and cultures within a global context. The study of French can be an excellent focus for your degree or a perfect complement to a program of study.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • No Honours Option

French involves the study of the French language, literature, and civilization. Whether you’ve come from a French Immersion program, or you’re new to the language, you will have the opportunity to develop your speaking and writing skills. You’ll also develop an understanding of the place of French language and cultures within Canadian and global contexts.

French is one of two official Canadian languages, and the only primary language other than English spoken on five continents.

Experiential learning and research

You’ll access real-world learning experiences through community events organized by Kelowna’s French Cultural Centre. There are also opportunities to travel abroad and in Canada. You can apply to work in France as an English-language teaching assistant for an eight-month period. Plus, you can take advantage of the Canadian government’s five-week French-immersion bursary program to study at one of 20 institutions across Canada.

In fourth year, you’ll have the option of a directed-studies course – working in French with a faculty member – where you will complete directed readings and research in a clearly defined area of French literature, culture, or language, culminating in the writing of a substantive assignment. The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offers $2,500 undergraduate research awards that provide undergraduate students support to engage in research and creative activities over the summer months.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your Future

Proficiency in, or mastery of, the French language will considerably expand your career options and destinations. Study in French can be applied to many fields and can facilitate work in nearly every region of the globe. Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe, and secure a career as a bilingual educator, community worker development agency worker, or translator. Or continue your education to work in professions such as law, teaching, and international relations.

Program Requirements

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