Achieve your educational and career goals through our graduate programs in French or Hispanic Studies at UBC Vancouver — a beautifully-located, top-rated institution with active faculty, attentive supervision, multiple opportunities for interaction, and a good fit with your own interests.

UBC has been rated North America’s most international university. Our graduate students play an integral role in the intellectual community worldwide, producing a diverse range of scholarship in French/Francophone or Hispanic Studies. Whatever your interests, be part of our thriving community.


Make your educational goals a reality with numerous financial aid options.

  • $22,000/year for the first four years of doctoral studies
  • Multi-year funding packages
  • Entrance scholarships
  • Tuition awards
  • Travel funding for presenting papers at conferences and conducting research abroad
  • External funding opportunities

Stimulate your intellect, surround yourself with like-minded individuals, and contribute to the academic community worldwide.

  • Dynamic curriculum and varied course offerings
  • Cutting-edge research by graduate students and esteemed faculty
  • Scholarly initiatives: opportunities to attend and lead research seminars, workshops, symposia, conferences, research clusters, reading groups, and joint events with interdisciplinary centres 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, with 75% landing careers in academia. Many of our MA students have also been accepted to top-rated universities around the world to pursue their PhD.

Other 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

French Studies

Develop your expertise in French language, culture, and literature through our Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs.
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Hispanic Studies

Develop your expertise in Hispanic language, culture, and literature through our Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs.
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I have been given so many opportunities to develop my teaching skills, to be actively involved in the wider community and in the local French-speaking community, to be a part of conference organizing committees and to present my research in forums and in conferences. UBC is a particularly vibrant university and there are countless opportunities to learn and to evolve.

Liza Bolen
PhD in French Studies, 2020