A word from the chair

By choosing the Département de français at the University of Ottawa, you will make a great decision: I’d like to explain why.

You’ll be able to study French in a bilingual environment, which means that you’ll have ample opportunity to practise and improve your French without being isolated from your own language. You’ll be studying in the national capital, where there are plenty of opportunities to speak both of Canada’s official languages. And at the University of Ottawa, which is the largest bilingual university in the world, you’ll be able to take classes in both French and English, and you’ll be interacting on a daily basis with fluently bilingual friends and classmates.

On our web site, you will find all the details regarding our French Studies program. This program is especially designed for students like yourself who are not native speakers of French. The program begins in first year with a strong focus on French language training. In the fall term of your second year, you’ll be working on your French at a more advanced level in Ottawa or taking advantage of the opportunity to spend a term in France, at the Université de Poitiers. By the winter term, your French skills will be developed to the point where you’ll be enrolling in a variety of courses on francophone cultures and literatures.

By the end of your program in French Studies, you’ll be able to speak, write, and perform analytical tasks in French at a level that will qualify you for a career in all fields (teaching, writing, editing, etc.). Our program will open doors for you to the numerous organizations in the National Capital Region and elsewhere in Canada that are on the lookout for fluently bilingual individuals.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you here in September!

Lucie Joubert

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