Beginning and Intermediate French

FREN 101 (3) FREN 102 (3) and FREN 111 (3) FREN 112 (3)

Students wishing to study French at UBC after completing less than French 12 or its equivalent should start with a Beginners’ or Intermediate French course appropriate to their background (see below). Each course involves three hours a week of classroom work, plus–for FREN 101 and FREN 102–five one-hour sessions per term of oral comprehension practice in the Multimedia Language Centre.

Starting Points (coming from secondary school)

  • French 9 or less (or French 10 more than five years ago): FREN 101
  • French 10 (or French 11 more than five years ago): FREN 102
  • French 11: FREN 111
  • French 12 more than five years ago: FREN 112
    Successful completion of FREN 112 satisfies the Faculty of Arts Language Requirement.

Starting Points (after post-secondary French)

  • FREN 101 or an equivalent college course: FREN 102
  • FREN 102 or an equivalent college course: FREN 111
  • FREN 111 or an equivalent college course: FREN 112
    Successful completion of FREN 112 satisfies the Faculty of Arts Language Requirement.

Restrictions on Enrolment

Generally speaking, students may not earn academic credit for any course below the level for which they have qualified by previous study. For example, if you have passed French 12 within five years, you may not take any of these courses for credit. If you have passed French 11, you may not take FREN 101 or FREN 102 for credit. But there are a few exceptions:

  • Students studying French to satisfy the language requirement of either the Faculty of Arts or the School of Music may begin one level below that for which they have qualified, if they lack confidence in the adequacy of their preparation.
  • Any students who last studied French more than five years ago may also begin one level below that for which they have qualified. If they want to drop down more than one level, they should consult the course coordinator of the course that they wish to take.

Learn French in Quebec or another region of Canada during the summer. Participate in Explore.*

Website: www.myexplore.ca

Application deadline: February 28.

*You cannot satisfy the Arts Language Requirement in this way, but you can earn 6 elective credits in French, countable towards your Bachelor’s Degree, but not countable towards your French Minor or Major.