Certificate in Business French
The Certificate in Business French is a 4.0 credit unique program in Canada which certifies that a student has reached a certain level of proficiency in French communication skills with an emphasis on French in the workplace and in business environments.
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 Certificate can help you prepare you for many types of employment:
- Translation and interpretation
- Public administration: positions with federal, provincial and municipal governments
- Health Services
- Travel, tourism and transportation
- Sales and advertising
- Banking and financial services
- Broadcasting and audio-visual production
- Administrative services
Progression and Graduation Requirements
Students must achieve an average of at least 70% in the 4.0 courses in order to progress in and complete this program. Students must receive counselling from the Department on their choice of courses and should seek regular advice on the availability of courses.
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Students enrolled in the Certificate 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 Certificate 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.
1. Do I need to register for the Certificate in Business French?
YES! Once you have completed French 1910 or French 1900 E, you must register for the Certificate in Business French on your Intent to Register form each year so that you are registered in it on a continuing basis.
2. Who do I need to contact to apply?
Contact the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Academic Counselling Office, in University College, room UC 112G:
Mr Ben Hakala, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. How do course exemptions work?
If the French placement test recommends that you take French 2905A/B or French 2906A/B, then your level of French is too advanced for French 1910 or French 1900E and you will automatically be exempted from French 1910 or French 1900 E. You do not need to replace French 1910 or French 1900 E with another course if you have received an exemption. In this case, a total of only 5.0 French credit courses will be taken in order to complete the requirements for the Certificate in Business French.
If the placement test recommends a course higher than French 2905A/B or French 2906A/B and you receive an exemption for French 2900, then you do need to replace Fr 2905A/B and French 2906A/B with other 2000-level course (or higher). Please consult Chantal Dawar (email@example.com) or the Undergraduate Chair, regarding a suitable replacement for French 2905A/B and French 2906A/B. In this case, a total of only 5.0 French courses will be taken in order to complete the requirements for the Certificate in Business French.
4. What do I need to do during my graduating year?
When you apply to graduate on the MyUWO website, apply for your degree AND for the Certificate in Business French. If, for some reason, you cannot apply for graduation for the Certificate in Business French on the website, contact the Office of the Registrar (http://www.registrar.uwo.ca)
Note: A Diplôme de français des affaires should be awarded when the following criteria are met:
1. normally a post-degree program;
2. normally requiring the equivalent of one calendar year or more to complete; and
3. normally consisting of a minimum of 5.0 degree-credit courses.
For further information, contact:
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