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Study in French in Canada

As of January 22, 2024, most students need to provide a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from the province or territory where they plan to study. Some exceptions apply. Find out more.

Canada’s bilingualism gives students a strong advantage. International students can find Francophone communities and study options across the country. By studying in French in Canada, you can choose from French and bilingual programs that can lead directly to employment.

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Why study in French at a Canadian college or university

Welcoming Francophone communities

Canada ranks first in the world for quality of life. International students in Canada enjoy our human rights, equality, stability and peaceful society. Our Francophone communities are also known to be friendly, welcoming and safe. You can feel part of a community, which makes us an ideal study destination.

Hands-on learning during your studies

You can get practical skills and work experience while studying in Canada. Gaining work experience as a student will help you build a professional network before even entering the job market. Many French study programs include internships and co-operative education options. This means you can apply your classroom knowledge and get practical experience.

Career opportunities after your studies

Francophone talent is in high-demand for many Canadian industries and communities. You can take advantage of immigration programs to stay and work in Canada after your studies. A Canadian degree combined with bilingual language skills will also help you stand out in fields such as science, engineering, education and communication.

Learn more about services and resources for immigrating to Francophone communities and the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Practice English

In Canada, you have the opportunity to study in French while improving your English language skills daily. No matter your current skill level, you will have opportunities to learn.

Programs

Match your interests with Canadian postsecondary institutions and programs. You’ll find opportunities for a high-quality education and multicultural experiences. Learn more about francophone programs:

Business
Study levelProgramsName of institution
UndergraduateCommerceSaint-Jean Campus, University of Alberta
UndergraduateBusiness Administration TechSaint-Jean Campus, University of Alberta
CollegeBusiness Administration Techniques (French only)Boreal College 
CollegeBusiness Administration – AccountingBoreal College 
CollegeOffice Administration – Executive SecretaryBoreal College 
CollegeBusiness Administration (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeGeneral Insurance (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeBusiness Administration – Accounting (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeEvent Management (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeSupply Chain Management (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeMarketing (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegePersonal Financial Planning (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeSmall and Medium-Sized Enterprise Management (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeSales (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeHuman resources (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeAccounting techniques  (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeBilingual Administrative AssistantIsland College
CollegeAccounting ClerkIsland College
CollegeBusiness Administration - Technical diploma (French only)Mathieu College
UndergraduateBusiness Administration (French only)University of Moncton
CollegeBusiness Administration (French only)University of Saint Boniface
UndergraduateBusiness Administration (French only)University of Saint Boniface
Master'sPublic and International AffairsGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateBusiness Administration (French only)University Saint Anne
UndergraduateBusiness AdministrationLaurentian University
CollegeBusiness Administration (French only)La Cité
CollegeBusiness Administration and Accounting (French only)La Cité
CollegeBusiness Administration – Finance (French only)La Cité
CollegeCommerce – Accounting (French only)La Cité
CollegeCommerce – Finance (French only)La Cité
CollegeCommerce – Marketing (French only)La Cité
UndergraduateInternational Studies & Business AdministrationGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateBusiness Administration and Management (French only)Hearst University
UndergraduateBusiness EconomicsGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateSocial InnovationSaint Paul University
Master'sManagementUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateMathematicsGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateEconomicsGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateCommerce – MarketingUniversity of Ottawa
CollegeTourism Management (French only)University of Saint Boniface
UndergraduateCommerce – Healthcare AnalyticsUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateCommerce – EntrepreneurshipUniversity of Ottawa
Master'sSocial Organization DevelopmentSaint Paul University
Master'sSocial InnovationSaint Paul University
UndergraduateCommerce – International ManagementUniversity of Ottawa
CollegeBusiness AdministrationUniversity Saint Anne
UndergraduateBusiness Administration, Co-op program (French only)University Saint Anne
CollegeBusiness Administration - Human resources (French only)La Cité
CollegeOffice Administration (French only)La Cité
CollegeTechniques in Business Administration (French only)La Cité
CollegeTechniques in Business Administration - Public Administration (French only)La Cité
CollegeCommerce - Human Resources (French only)La Cité
CollegeCulinary management (French only)La Cité
CollegeManagement of accommodation and food services (French only)La Cité
CollegeHospitality and Tourism (French only)La Cité
Communications and public relations
Study levelProgramsName of institution
CollegeMedia communication (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeEvent Management (French only)Mathieu College
UndergraduateCommunicationsGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateDrama and creative artsGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateFrench StudiesGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateLinguistics and Language StudiesGlendon Campus, York University
Master'sConference InterpretingGlendon Campus, York University
Master'sTranslation StudiesGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateTranslationGlendon Campus, York University
CollegeAdvertising and Marketing Communications (French only)La Cité
CollegePublic Relations (Toronto) (French only)La Cité 
UndergraduateCommunicationUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateDigital JournalismUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduatePublic Relations and CommunicationUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateCommunication and Political ScienceUniversity of Ottawa
Master'sCommunicationUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateInformation – Communication (French only)University of Moncton
Master'sPublic Administration (French only)University of Moncton
UndergraduateTranslation (French only)University of Moncton
UndergraduateTranslation (French only)University of Saint Boniface
UndergraduateSocial CommunicationSaint Paul University
CollegeTechniques in Media and Digital Communications (French only)La Cité 
CollegeJournalism (French only)La Cité 
CollegeTelevision Production (French only)La Cité 
UndergraduateHuman Plurality (French only)L'universite de l'Ontario francaise
UndergraduateDigital Cultures (French only)L'universite de l'Ontario francaise
UndergraduateEconomics and Social Innovation (French only)L'universite de l'Ontario francaise
Engineering
Study levelProgramsName of institution
UndergraduateEngineeringSaint-Jean Campus, University of Alberta
CollegeMotive Power Technician – Truck and CoachBoreal College
CollegeConstruction Engineering Technology – Civil and MiningBoreal College
CollegeArchitectural TechnicianBoreal College
CollegeElectrical Engineering TechnicianBoreal College
CollegeElectrical Engineering Technology – InstrumentationBoreal College
CollegeMechanical Millwright Technician – Mechanic – MillwrightBoreal College
CollegeHeavy Equipment TechnicianBoreal College
CollegeWelding and Manufacturing TechnicianBoreal College
CollegePlumbing TechnicianBoreal College
CollegeBuilding Engineering Technology (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeCivil Engineering Technology – General Co-op (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeElectric Engineering Technology (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeMechanical Engineering Technology (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeWelding Engineering Technology (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeMining Technology – Operations (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeWelding Techniques (French only)Mathieu College
CollegeElectrical Engineering (French only)La Cité 
CollegeElectronic Engineering (French only)La Cité 
CollegeCivil Engineering Technology – Construction (French only)La Cité 
CollegeMechanical Engineering Technology (French only)La Cité 
UndergraduatePhysics and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateBiomedical Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateCivil Engineering (French only)University of Moncton
UndergraduateElectrical Engineering (French only)University of Moncton
UndergraduateMechanical Engineering (French only)University of Moncton
UndergraduateArchitectural StudiesLaurentian University
CollegeComputer Engineering Technology (French only)La Cité 
CollegeArchitecture Technology (French only)La Cité 
CollegeWelding Techniques (French only)La Cité 
Technology
Study levelProgramsName of institution
CollegeComputer Systems TechnicianBoreal College
CollegeCybersecurity (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeData analysis  (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeInternet of Things (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeMobile Application Programming (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeGame Development Programming (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeComputer and Network Security (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeNetworking and computer security (French only)La Cité 
UndergraduateComputer Engineering, Management and Entrepreneurship OptionUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateComputer Science (French only)University of Moncton
CollegeMultimedia Communication (video, 3D, animation, design) (French only)University of Saint Boniface
CollegeInformation Technology (French only)University of Saint Boniface
CollegeComputer Programming (French only)La Cité 
CollegeComputer Information System Techniques (French only)La Cité 
CollegeComputer Information System Techniques - Cybersecurity and Networking (French only)La Cité 
CollegeAnimation- 3D (French only)La Cité 
CollegeDigital Art (French only)La Cité 
CollegeGraphic Design (French only)La Cité 
UndergraduateDigital Cultures (French only)L'universite de l'Ontario francaise
Sciences
Study levelProgramsName of institution
UndergraduateScienceSaint-Jean Campus, University of Alberta
CollegeAgricultural TechniquesBoreal College
CollegeForestry and Wildlife TechnicianBoreal College
CollegeFish and Wildlife Management TechnologyBoreal College
CollegeForestry TechnologyBoreal College
CollegeLaboratory Techniques – Biotechnology Co-op (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeEnvironmental Technology (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeQuality Control – Food Processing (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeOccupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant (French only)Mathieu College
CollegeResident Care WorkerIsland College
CollegePractical NursingIsland College
UndergraduateBiologyGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduatePsychologyGlendon Campus, York University
CollegeOccupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant (French only)La Cité 
CollegeElectro-Neurodiagnostics (French only)La Cité 
CollegeDental Hygienist (French only)La Cité 
CollegeVisual Orthotics (French only)La Cité 
CollegePractical Nursing (French only)La Cité 
CollegeParamedicine (French only)La Cité 
CollegePharmacy Technician (French only)La Cité 
CollegeRespiratory Therapy (French only)La Cité 
CollegeHonours BA in Biotechnology (French only)La Cité 
CollegeNutrition and Food Services Management (French only)La Cité 
CollegeAgricultural techniques – livestock and field crops (French only)La Cité 
CollegeAgricultural techniques – fruit and vegetable production (French only)La Cité 
CollegeForest Environment Technology - Wildlife (French only)La Cité 
CollegeForest Environment Techniques (French only)La Cité 
UndergraduateNursingLa Cité universitaire francophone of the University of Regina
UndergraduateFinancial Mathematics and EconomicsUniversity of Ottawa
Master'sEnvironmental EngineeringUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateChemistry (French only)University of Moncton
CollegePractical Nursing (French only)University of Saint Boniface
UndergraduateBiologyLaurentian University
UndergraduateBiochemistryLaurentian University
UndergraduateInterdisciplinary ScienceLaurentian University
UndergraduateBiology (French only)Sainte Anne University
Humanities
Study levelProgramsName of institution
UndergraduateArtsSaint-Jean Campus, University of Alberta
Master'sArtsSaint-Jean Campus, University of Alberta
CollegeSocial WorkBoreal College
CollegeLaw ClerkBoreal College
CollegeFitness and Health PromotionBoreal College
CollegeMental Health and Aging Intervention (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeHuman ServicesIsland College
CollegeYouth WorkerIsland College
CollegePractical Nursing (French only)Mathieu College
CollegeHealth Care Attendant (French only)Mathieu College
UndergraduatePhilosophy and TheologyDominican University College
Master'sPhilosophy and TheologyDominican University College
PhDPhilosophy and TheologyDominican University College
UndergraduateSociologyGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateInternational StudiesGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduatePolitical ScienceGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduatePhilosophyGlendon Campus, York University
UndergraduateUndecided MajorGlendon Campus, York University
CollegeAutism and Behavioural Science (French only)La Cité 
CollegeCommunity Integration – Co-op (French only)La Cité 
CollegeIntervention with Persons with Disabilities (French only)La Cité 
CollegePre-Social and Human Science (French only)La Cité 
CollegeMental Health and Addiction (French only)La Cité 
CollegeRehabilitation and Criminal Justice (French only)La Cité 
CollegeSocial Work (French only)La Cité 
College911 and Emergency Services Dispatch (French only)La Cité 
CollegeTransportation Safety and Security (French only)La Cité 
UndergraduateFrancophone and Intercultural StudiesLa Cité universitaire francophone of the University of Regina
Master'sFrancophone and Intercultural StudiesLa Cité universitaire francophone of the University of Regina
UndergraduateFrench as a Second LanguageLa Cité universitaire francophone of the University of Regina
UndergraduatePsychology and linguisticsUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateEnvironmental StudiesUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateInternational Development and GlobalizationUniversity of Ottawa
Master'sCriminology (double degree)University of Ottawa
UndergraduateHuman and social issues study (French only)Hearst University
UndergraduatePsychology (French only)Hearst University
Master'sPsychotherapy (French only)Hearst University
UndergraduatePolitical Science (French only)University of Moncton
UndergraduateSociology (French only)University of Moncton
Master'sMA in Sociolinguistics (French only)University of Moncton
PhDPhD in Sociolinguistics (French only)University of Moncton
Master'sMA in Literary Studies (French only)University of Moncton
PhDPhD in Literary Studies (French only)University of Moncton
UndergraduateSocial Work (French only)University of Saint Boniface
UndergraduateSociologyLaurentian University
PhDHuman StudiesLaurentian University
UndergraduateLaw and JusticeLaurentian University
UndergraduateConflict Studies (Honours Bachelor of Arts with Major)Saint Paul University
UndergraduatePublic EthicsSaint Paul University
Master'sMA in Public EthicsSaint Paul University
Master'sMA in Conflict StudiesSaint Paul University
PhDConflict StudiesSaint Paul University
PhDPhD in Conflict StudiesSaint Paul University
UndergraduateSocial Work (French only)Sainte Anne University
Master'sFrancophone Cultures and Spaces (French only)Sainte Anne University
UndergraduateArts (no major) (French only)Sainte Anne University
UndergraduateArts (major in history) (French only)Sainte Anne University
UndergraduateArts (major in acadian studies) (French only)Sainte Anne University
UndergraduateArts (major in Canadian studies and minor in English, French or History) (French only)Sainte Anne University
UndergraduatePublic and International Affairs (French only)Simon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs
UndergraduateFrench and English LiteraturesSimon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophiles Affairs
UndergraduateFrench and English LiteraturesSimon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophiles Affairs
Master'sFrench Literature (French only)Simon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophiles Affairs
UndergraduateHuman Plurality Studies (French only)University of French Ontario
UndergraduateEconomics and Social Innovation (French only)University of French Ontario
UndergraduateDigital Culture (French only)University of French Ontario
UndergraduateUrban Environments (French only)University of French Ontario
Education
Study levelProgramsName of institution
UndergraduateEducation (Elementary Route)Campus Saint-Jean de l'Université de l'Alberta
UndergraduateEducation (Secondary Route)Campus Saint-Jean de l'Université de l'Alberta
UndergraduateEducation/Science CombinedSaint-Jean Campus, University of Alberta
UndergraduateEducation – After DegreeSaint-Jean Campus, University of Alberta
CollegeEarly Childhood EducationBoreal College
CollegeChild and Youth WorkerBoreal College
CollegeChildhood Education (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeSpecial Education and Autism Intervention (French only)Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB)
CollegeEarly Childhood EducatorIsland College
CollegeTeacher's / Special Education Aid  (French only)College Educacentre 
CollegeEarly Childhood Education (French only)College Educacentre 
CollegeEarly Childhood Education (French only)Mathieu College
CollegeTeacher's Aid (French only)Mathieu College
UndergraduateFrench as a Second LanguageGlendon Campus, York University
Master'sFrench StudiesGlendon Campus, York University
CollegeEarly Childhood Education (French only)La Cité
CollegeSpecial Education (French only)La Cité 
UndergraduateEducation in FrenchLa Cité universitaire francophone of the University of Regina
Master'sFrench EducationLa Cité universitaire francophone of the University of Regina
UndergraduateTeaching English as a Second LanguageUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateTeaching French as a Second LanguageUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateFrench Literature and EducationUniversity of Ottawa
UndergraduateEducation in FrenchUniversity of Ottawa
Master'sEducation (Counselling Psychology)University of Ottawa
UndergraduateElementary Education (French only)University of Moncton
UndergraduateSecondary Education (French only)University of Moncton
Master'sEducation Administration (French only)University of Moncton
Master'sEducation – Teaching (French only)University of Moncton
CollegeEarly Childhood Education (French only)University of Saint Boniface
UndergraduateEducationLaurentian University
UndergraduateElementary Education: French First Language (French only)Sainte Anne University
UndergraduateBachelor of Education, Secondary Education (French only)Sainte Anne University
UndergraduateElementary Education: French Second Language (French only)Sainte Anne University
UndergraduateBachelor of Education/Science, Secondary Education (French only)Sainte Anne University
Master'sTeaching and Learning in French: Plurilingualism, Francophonies and EducationSimon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs
Master'sFrench Education - Graduate DiplomaSimon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs
PhDFrench Education – Doctorate Degree in EducationSimon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs
UndergraduatePreparation for the Teacher Education ProgramSimon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs
UndergraduateProfessional Development Program (Teachers) – French ModuleSimon Fraser University - Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs

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From Côte d’Ivoire to Canada - Why I chose to study abroad in Canada

Yannick studies automated systems electromechanics at the Edmundston campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). Hear why he chose to study in Canada, what he likes about his instructors and why he enjoys studying in Canada.

Transcript

Yannick: My name is Yannick. I grew up in Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan to be precise. I am in my second year of studying automated systems electromechanics at the Edmundston campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC).

The best part of this adventure for me was the day I received my acceptance letter for my visa. I was overcome with emotion… I was the happiest man in the world because I was finally going to the country of my dreams, the country where I have always wanted to go.

I decided to leave my home country because I wanted gain better knowledge education-wise. And the teaching in Africa, specifically in Côte d’Ivoire, is more theory-centric. I like the Canadian system more because it is more focused on practice. Canada is truly the best country to help me learn a lot of things in my field of studies: electromechanics.

Electromechanics covers three areas: electricity, industrial mechanic and instrumentation.

I chose NBCC in particular because they have instructors with experience in factories, who have hands-on experience with the subjects they are teaching, who have spent their time, practically years of their lives, working in their field. So they bring more experience, more advice about the work we will certainly do later.

What I like most about Canada, specifically New Brunswick, I mean the city of Edmundston where I am, is the warmth of the people, people who are very welcoming and who do not hesitate to lend you a hand. What I also love is the different types of seasons. Fall is magnificent! Winter here is also amazing, but a little cold.

It was my childhood dream to come to Canada, and when I see that I am here in the country of my dreams, it’s… I still can’t believe it. I often wake up and say, “Am I really in Canada?” And I am fitting in so well… that I really want to have a life here, to move here to live my full life.

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