Graduate Studies

Achieve your educational and career goals at a top Canadian university in one of the most livable cities in the world.

UBC is rated North America’s most international university (Times Higher Education, 2018), and our department’s graduate students play an integral role in the intellectual community worldwide, producing a diverse range of scholarship pertaining to French, Francophone or Hispanic Studies. Our students have presented their work at conferences and published articles in a variety of journals. Whatever your interests, be part of our thriving community.

Explore our MA and PhD programs:


What are the unique benefits of our graduate programs?

Make your educational goals a reality with numerous financial aid options.
  • $18,000/year for the first five years of Doctoral studies
  • Multi-year funding packages
  • Entrance scholarships
  • Tuition awards
  • Travel funding for presenting papers at conferences or conducting research abroad
  • External funding opportunities
  • Learn more

Stimulate your intellect, surround yourself with like-minded individuals, and contribute to the academic community worldwide.
  • Dynamic curriculum and varied course offerings (view current French and Hispanic course offerings)
  • Cutting-edge research (by graduate students and faculty)
  • Esteemed faculty (learn more)
  • Scholarly initiatives opportunities to attend and lead research seminars, workshops, symposia, conferences, research clusters, reading groups, and joint events with interdisciplinary centers like the Liu Institute for Global Issues, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and Green College
  • Cotutelle opportunities — graduate students in the French program have the option to work with two supervisors from different countries in their respective academic research institutions

Obtain qualifications that lead to a meaningful career. Our graduates have an excellent placement rate.

Our MA and PhD graduates have secured a variety of positions, including:

  • Higher education (in Canada and abroad)
  • Language teaching
  • Higher education administration
  • Consulting
  • Nonprofits
  • Technical writing
  • Academic and non-academic publishing
  • Professional research
  • Translation
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Financial services
  • Public service
  • Cultural and historical organizations

Many of our MA students have also decided to continue to the PhD and have been accepted in top-rated universities around the world.

75% of our graduates landed careers in academia.

What are our graduate students up to?



Application period:

  • November 1 - January 31: International students
  • November 1 - January 31: Canadian and US students

  • May 1 - June 15: International students
  • May 1 - July 31: Canadian and US students

Learn more about Admission Requirements and Financial Aid.

Apply now

Questions? Contact us:


Graduate Advisor
Prof. Kim Beauchesne
(604) 822-5594
Graduate Secretary
Carol Schoenfeld
(604) 822-0016