Diploma in Business French


Any student who has graduated with a 3 or 4-year undergraduate degree may apply to be admitted to the Diploma program, subject to prerequisites and general university admission requirements. Contact the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Academic Counselling Office to apply.

Completion French 1900E or 1910 with a mark of at least 60% is required.

Progression and Graduation Requirements

The core language courses must be taken in sequence. Students must achieve an average of at least 70% in the 5.0 courses in order to progress in and complete this program. Students must receive counseling from the Department on their choice of courses and should seek regular advice on the availability of courses.

Module: 5.0 senior courses

Language component (2.0 credits)

1.0 credit from

  • 2905A/B Language and Reading and 2906A/B Language and expression  (may be taken in any order), on campus or online
  • 2900 Language (Advanced Level II), on campus or online

1.0 credit

  • 3900 Language (Advanced Level III), on campus or online

Professional French component (1.0 credit)

1.0 credit from

  • 2205 A/B Job Seeking in French, on campus
  • 2206 A/B French at Work, on campus
  • 2207 A/B French for Public Administration, online
  • 2208 A/B French for Healthcare, online
  • 2209 A/B French for the Media, online

Business French component (1.0 credit)

1.0 credit from

  • 3200 Business French, on campus
  • 3201E Business French Writing, online

Translation component (1.0 credit)

1.0 credit from

  • 3306 A/B Special Topics in Translation, on campus
  • 3307 A/B Special Topics in Translation, on campus
  • 3308 A/B Special Topics in Translation, on campus
  • 3300 Intensive Translation II, online

Many of the required courses are also offered as Western credit courses at the Trois-Pistoles French Immersion School in Québec during the intersession and summer sessions. Full-time students may be eligible for Summer Language Bursaries covering tuition fees and lodging expenses. Please consult http://www.wcs.uwo.ca/tp/ or email tpistole@uwo.ca for more information.

The Diploma in Business French is a unique program in Canada that offers you the opportunity to achieve a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.

It ensures that you will be recognized as functionally bilingual and can use French effectively in the workplace and in business-oriented situations.

French is the first language of about a quarter of Canada's population and of 90 million people worldwide. Proficiency in French is a valuable asset in today's international job market.

The Diploma can help you prepare you for many types of employment:

  • Teaching
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Public administration: positions with federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • Health Services
  • Travel, tourism and transportation
  • Sales and advertising
  • Import-export
  • Publishing
  • Banking and financial services
  • Telecommunications
  • Broadcasting and audio-visual production
  • Administrative services

Diplomas of the Paris Chamber of Commerce

The Department of French at Western is a certified examination center for the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris. Students are encouraged to write the examinations held on campus every year in April for the Diplôme de français professionnel - Affaires (B2 or C1).

Students enrolled in the Diploma in Business French at Western have passed these examinations with a high rate of success for the past several years.

These (non Western) diplomas provide an additional guarantee of qualification for potential employers and are recognized by businesses around the world. For more information about the Paris Chamber of Commerce examinations, please consult www.francais.ccip.fr.

The Diploma in Business French offered by the Department of French Studies at Western is separate from these exams and is granted upon successful completion of the required course work.

For further information, contact:

Chantal Dawar
Business French, Certificate Program
Department of French Studies, University College, room 138
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, N6A 3K7, Canada
Tel: (519) 661-2111 ext. 80540
Fax: (519) 661-3470

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