French, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English, French
As a graduate of Athabasca University’s French Major program, you will attain a sufficient degree of competence in oral and written French to communicate effectively, to analyze texts and to write critical essays.


You will have a thorough understanding of the structure of the French language and its application, including pronunciation, grammar, reading skills and vocabulary usage. The courses in the program will provide you with a knowledge of the literature and culture of France, Quebec, and other Francophone areas and an awareness of the stylistic differences between the French and English languages.

Upon completion of the BA French Major program offered by Athabasca University you will understand how to conduct further research into the subject matter in order to increase your competence in the study of French language and literature.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to:

  • exhibit a sufficient degree of competence in oral and written French to communicate effectively.
  • show insight into the relationship between language and culture and demonstrate awareness of cultural relativity.
  • use the tools, mechanisms and processes of critical thinking consciously and systematically.
  • show frequent examples of original thinking related to the discipline.
  • demontrate understanding in how to undertake further research into the subject matter in order to increase linguistic competence.
  • appropriately relate practice and/or lessons to the goals of the degree or discipline.
  • conduct independent research with some complexity and depth.
  • draw on a sufficient range of learning to confidently and efficiently pursue degree goals and disciplinary objectives.
Possible Career Options
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Customs Officer
  • Import Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • International Relations Officer
  • Literary Translator
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
  • work in institutions (banks, insurance companies) where French service is offered to clients

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • French for Beginners I
  • French for Beginners Ii
  • First Year University French I
  • First Year University French Ii
  • La Littérature Jeunesse
  • Initiation À La Littérature D'expression Française I
  • Second Year University French
  • Le Roman Français du Xxe Siècle
  • Littérature Québécoise
  • Vocabulary Expansion
  • Pratique Orale Thématique
  • Français Langue des Affaires
  • Composition Française
  • Pensée et Structure de L'anglais et du Français

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Becoming an Athabasca University student is easy – our open admission policy means if you’re 16 or older, you will be accepted as a student. Paying a one-time application fee lets you register for more than 750 courses, as long as you meet the prerequisites.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) to take Athabasca University courses. AU accepts the following as proof of English Language Proficiency.

  • Completion of high school in an English-speaking country.
  • Completion of 15 university credits from a recognized English-speaking university, or 1 year at a non-university post-secondary institution with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
  • Minimum score of 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Minimum score of 60% on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL).
  • Minimum score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) test.
  • Minimum score of 59 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
  • Minimum score of 213 on the computer- or paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • Minimum score of 80 with an essay score of 20 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
  • Successful completion of AU’s English Language Proficiency Program with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
You can apply to AU anytime. All undergraduate programs enrol students year round. Your program begins when you apply.
Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:
  • 45 credits in French major courses including a minimum of 30 senior (300 or 400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level French credits).
  • 6 junior (200) level credits in French in the following courses
  • Electives (24 credits, 12 of which must be at the 400 level)

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11430 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45720 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7960 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31840 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    6670 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26680 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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  • Please note: These costs are estimated. AU can and may increase tuition fees annually. Also, the fees above were determined by using 3-credit courses to find the program total. The program fee would be different if, for example, a 6-credit course is used in the program in place of two 3-credit courses.


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