The study of language is an opening to the world and its cultural diversity. It is a means to communicate values, beliefs and customs while allowing you to gain a more profound understanding of your own culture and language.

As one of Canada’s two official languages, French is the second most-studied language in the world. Spoken on five continents, it is also the language of diplomacy in international organizations such as NATO, the UN, UNESCO, the IOC and the Red Cross. In Canada, being bilingual is essential if you are considering a career with the government or want to become a teacher.

French Courses

NIC offers French in beginner, intermediate and advanced level courses, where we focus on specific skills such as oral communication, reading and writing.

Register in French Courses

Before you can register in a course, you must be accepted into an NIC program. You can study French through the following programs, or as an elective from any NIC program:

Career Opportunities

  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Business/Tourism
  • Government/Diplomatic & International Relations
  • Education/post-secondary Education

Potential Educational Pathways for French

Undergraduate programs

  • University transfer
  • Associate of Arts in languages
  • Bachelor of French

Post-degree Studies

  • graduate school (Master’s degree & Doctoral degree)

Meet the Faculty

Alix Carrel

Alix Carrel


English, Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Comparative Literature and Languages (University of Paris, 2004)

Subjects: French, Spanish