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Translate your skills

Expand your cultural horizons and discover the language, culture, history, current events, literature and film of French-speaking countries.

Become a student
Graduate student Phelan Hourigan

A vibrant community of graduate students

Our programs let you explore different topics and build your own skill sets. Graduate student Phelan Hourigan says he’d like to use his bilingual language-skills to contribute to Canadian society.

Graduate studies
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Vital research

Our students and faculty members explore many research areas and each have a unique perspective and specialization.

Our research
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Study what you’re passionate about

Undergraduate student Régine Grishko says studying French is about much more than language and grammar. Whether you want to explore culture, cinema or literature, we offer courses that let you pursue topics that matter to you.

Our programs

French beyond the classroom

Your education doesn't end in the classroom. We offer field schools in Paris and Eastern Canada, a 5-week summer language program in Québec, exchange opportunities and a co-op education program.

Study abroad

French is spoken by over 274 million people around the world. Don't get left out of the conversation.

Whether you're a beginner or already fluent in the language, you'll find a place in our department that will allow you to study French language, literature and culture with an undergraduate or graduate degree or our unique Certificate in Language and Cultural Proficiency.

Did you know that French is the second most learned language in the world? Join us and become one of those learners!
—Marc Lapprand, chair

There are so many reasons to study French: it's one of Canada's official languages and is spoken by millions of people across five continents. At UVic, you’ll explore everything from cinema and literature, to computer-assisted language learning and translation.

Ready to translate your skills into French? Find your edge with us.