French as a Second or Foreign Language at École de langues UL

French as a Second or Foreign Language

With more than 200 million speakers on 5 continents, French is the foreign language that we learn most often after English. The study of French not only allows you to discover a rich cultural universe, especially in the fields of arts, science and architecture, but is also an asset for anyone considering an international career.


Why study French as a Second or Foreign Language

Contrary to popular belief, French is not a difficult language. In fact, you can quickly start communicating in French after a few lessons. French does require a certain degree of precision, but the richness of the language allows you to express yourself in many different ways. Studying French can also help you learn other Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, or Romanian), as well as English, which derives 50% of its vocabulary from French.

Placement test

École de langues offers  a free online placement test to all prospective students applying for FLE courses. École de langues also recognizes scores obtained on the TFI, DELF, TCF, and TEF tests.


During the Winter 2020 semester, École de langues will offer 30 bursaries of $460 to support non-francophone students pursuing a graduate program.

Conditions of eligibility:

  • Express your interest in obtaining a bursary by contacting Thérèse Guay, academic advisor in French as a foreign language (; ext. 406714)
  • Register for one French as a foreign language course during the winter 2020 semester.

Application deadline: November 29, 2020

Recipients will be notified at the beginning of December. The bursaries will be paid after the deadline for withdrawal with refund, which is January 27, 2020.

Find out more about funding opportunities (information available in French only)


Studying French may lead you to consider pursuing your studies or living in Québec. It can help prepare you for a variety of careers, whether in translation, communications, government, the private sector, or one of the many international organizations where French is the language of work.

Explore career opportunities (information available in French only)