Why study French at UVic?
Create a program tailored to your specific interests.
We offer the following programs:
- Honours in French
- Major in French
- Combined Major in English and French (Canadian Literature)
- General or Minor in French
- Thesis option
- Non-thesis option
Within the Department of French at UVic you can explore...
- French-Canadian literature
- contemporary Francophone culture
- literary theory
- feminist theory
- the history of French language
- exoticism in French literature
- medieval and early modern studies
- African and Caribbean literature and cinema
- French linguistics
- translation studies
- and more
Once you've completed your studies...
French is spoken in 50 countries, giving graduates a global passport to job opportunities around the world. Knowledge of French sharpens communication skills and French graduates have a competitive advantage in the local, national and international job market for careers in teaching, the public service, business, media or diplomacy.
We are located on Vancouver Island on a beautiful campus only minutes to beaches, parks, bike trails, sports facilities, and nature reserves. Rated as one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada, we strive to offer you an unforgettable learning experience. UVic offers co-op opportunities to help you fund your studies as well as many international exchanges to go and explore French overseas. Whatever your wishes, we can make it happen.
UVic French graduates have taken dozens of different career paths. Here are some examples:
"I am still living in Victoria and I currently work as a Student Recruiter for UVic. I first discovered I really enjoyed working in an ambassadorial/public relations role while I was in the French department and spent time visiting high schools and helping out at Experience UVic and French department open houses to talk to prospective students about the great opportunities French studies offer students. I was actually offered a permanent job doing research with the federal government in Vancouver, but I chose to accept a position in recruitment because I really enjoyed my work representing the Department. In my current position with National Recruitment, I am the one French-speaking member of the team, and I am proud to reach out to even more students across Canada because I speak both national languages." Lauren Crawford, BA 2009, MA 2011
"Je suis toujours à Parksville à l'école Springwood qui est une école d'immersion française. J'y ensigne les maths, les sciences, les sciences-humaines et le français au niveau 8e. J'adore enseigner en immersion car cela me permet de travailler dans ma langue maternelle et je sais que j'apporte quelque chose de différent à mes élèves grace à mon éducation et ma culture de France." Sophie Preston
"I am currently at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg where, this September, I will be entering my last semester of Doctoral Studies at the Department of French, Spanish, and Italian." Lech Kosinski, BA 1997 and MA 2001
Visit the Alumni page for additional entries.