French Language Proficiency
This program is for students who may or may not be enrolled in a degree program and who wish to improve oral and written French proficiency. It is also for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of the language for cultural or professional needs. The program is not intended for native French speakers.
Recommendations for the award of the certificate will be made by the Department of French and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
For information about course challenge, initial FREN course selection, and the French language placement test , visit http://www.sfu.ca/french/en/undergrad/certificates-and-diplomas/french-language-proficiency-certificate.html
Program completion normally takes five to six terms
A minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) is calculated on all Simon Fraser University courses that are applied to the certificate. Duplicate courses are counted only once.
Students complete a total of 30 units, including all of
and one of
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and nine units from any other upper division FREN courses (excluding FREN 120, 121, 122, 198, and 342).
The following courses are recommended.
It is possible to obtain exemption, up to a maximum of 12 units, from required lower division French language courses by being placed in a more advanced French language course. Exempted courses must be replaced with credit obtained by
-approved transfer credit for French courses completed at another post-secondary institution (subject to University transfer credit regulations), up to a maximum of six units
-challenge credit for exempted courses (subject to University regulations governing approval of challenge credit), up to a maximum of six units
-successful completion of other French courses at the University, excluding FREN 120, 121, 122, 198, and 342.
Students who gain, or hope to gain, exemption should consult the advisor early. In accordance with the university's certificate regulations, units for the certificate may be applied also to majors or extended minors or to a bachelor’s degree.