Taking a photo on a street in France.

À Waterloo, les possibilités sont infinies

In a bilingual country and an ever-more globalized world, knowledge of French as a second language gives you an edge in almost any field.

At Waterloo, you can choose language courses that range from basic to advanced, as well as a wide variety of courses in French linguistics, literature, culture, and civilization. You’ll learn from professors that include Governor General prize-winners and world experts in French.

Meanwhile, if you're interested in gaining paid work experience through North America's largest co-op program, apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business Co-op and choose French as your major at the end of first year.

Program highlights

  • Immersive opportunities. Live at La Bastille, a French residence floor at Waterloo's St. Paul's University College. Or immerse yourself in culture and improve your language skills by studying in Quebec or France for a year.
  • A fast track to teaching. Interested in teaching? Our French Teaching Specialization offers direct admission to the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University once you've completed your degree here.

What will you learn? 

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take two French courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be French courses.

Learn about courses you'll take for your French degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by choosing the French Teaching Specialization or one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus for French students include Psychology and Applied Language Studies.


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megaphone icon"The professors are incredible, resourceful, knowledgeable and friendly. Co-op (or in my case, volunteer placements) allowed me to ensure that I’m going into the field that’s right for me, giving me practical experience and opportunities to network."Sydney, French graduate


Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.

How to apply?

Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose French as your major at the end of first year.

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?

Please contact Jackie Jones, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.