Why study French at Dal?

Join a comprehensive department that's a close-knit community

We offer the widest variety of French courses of any university in the region. You'll learn from professors and instructors who come from diverse francophone regions of Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Within this stimulating learning environment, you'll receive lots of support through our Cercle Français tutoring resource and have the opportunity to be part of a lively and fun French student society.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Department: Department of French
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Courses are available for beginners and for those with a background in French who wish to improve or maintain fluency. Our courses cover all aspects of language learning, linguistics and translation, and provide insight into French and Francophone literature from the middle ages to present day, as well as poetry, theatre, contemporary cinema and media culture.

A great benefit of studying French at Dalhousie is what you will hear. Our faculty is made up of native French speakers from places like Cameroon, France, Lebanon, Quebec and Switzerland. As one of the most diverse groups of educators on campus, students learn distinct variations of spoken French and receive a global cultural education.

Sample courses:

  • Pratique de la Lecture/French for Reading
  • France, Canada and the Francophone World: Perspectives on Culture and Identity I
  • Traduction Générale/General Translation

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

As one of Canada’s two official languages, proficiency in French can open the door to a wide array of professions. Internationally, French is an official working language at the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, the EU and the International Red Cross. Careers in the might include:

  • civil servant
  • interpreter
  • import/export broker

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in French, public administration or business administration.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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