Certificate in Practical French

(Certificat de français pratique)

If you do not have room for a module in French Studies (major or minor), you can add a Certificate in Practical French to your degree.

The Certificate in Practical French is a 4.0 credit program which certifies that a student has reached a certain level of proficiency in practical French communication skills.

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements, including French 1900E or French 1910 or French 1999 with a mark of at least 60%, or permission of the Department based on the Placement Test (required score: 70% or above).

A student may not pursue both the Certificat de français pratique and either a French module or the former Certificat de français des affaires.

Progression and Graduation Requirements

Students are invited to seek counselling from the Department on their choice of courses. To progress in and to complete the Certificate program, students must achieve and maintain a minimum average of 60% in the 4.0 required courses.

Note: At least 3.0 of the 4.0 credit courses must be taken at Western.

Course load: 4.0 senior courses

Language component (2.0 credits)
1.0 credit from
  • 2905A/B Language and Reading
  • 2906A/B Language and expression
  • 2907A/B Writing Workshop in French
  • 2900 Language (Advanced Language II)
1.0 credit from
  • 3905A/B Reading Texts
  • 3906A/B Speaking Texts
  • 3907A/B Writing Texts
  • 3908A/B Intensive Grammar
  • 3900 Language (Advanced Level III), on campus or online
Additional French courses (2.0 credits)
2.0 credits
  • French at 2200 level and above


Diploma in Practical French (Diplôme de français pratique)

Any student who has already graduated with a 3 or 4-year undergraduate degree may apply to be admitted to the Diploma in Practical French program, subject to prerequisites and general university admission requirements. To start the application process, contact the Department of French Studies (french@uwo.ca).

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