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Modern Languages

Master French for global employment

Spoken by over 220 million people in 28 countries, French stands as a leading world language and is the second most widely learned throughout the globe. Completing a Bachelor of Arts with a French major can give you a distinctive advantage to launch a career in the global job market.

UFV's French program gives you the option to complete a minor, extended minor, or major, as part of a Bachelor of Arts. Small class sizes allow you to interact with your instructors and seminar assistants, who are French native speakers, to improve pronunciation, enhance comprehension, and speed up language acquisition.

The program teaches you to converse fluently and write powerfully in French. It also helps you develop a deep understanding of the francophone world and its varied cultures.

When you complete your studies, you may seek employment with the federal government, which has 72,000 positions that require French fluency, including those in diplomacy or international relations. Or you may find opportunities to work for companies that conduct business internationally.

As the second language of choice for studying great works of literature, French is an excellent asset if you wish to pursue graduate studies in the humanities. Mastering French also paves the way to learning other romance languages with greater ease.

On a personal level, studying French can deepen your enjoyment of travel, literature, and culture. In addition, studies have shown that learning another language can boost your analytic skills, improve your memory, and offset the effects of aging on your brain.

Career Outlook

Specializing in French can lead to a career in government or public administration, where bilingual speakers are highly prized, both at the national and international levels. In fact, just like English, French is an official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, World Trade Organization, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and more.

French studies can also open opportunities to become a qualified French teacher in the BC school system or a translator or interpreter for one of more than 800 translation service agencies operating in Canada.

Moreover, growing international trade is bolstering demand for bilingual professionals in business and science. In fact, France is one of Canada’s largest trading partners and a valuable collaborator in the development of modern telecommunications and high technology,

British Columbia's Fraser Valley is one of Canada's fastest-growing, most ethnically diverse regions. Our communities are welcoming, our scenery breathtaking, and we're within minutes of Metro Vancouver and the U.S. border. Whether you wish to get a university education, learn a trade, retrain or upgrade, study in Canada, take a course for fun, hire a student, or work with friendly, dedicated people, check out UFV.
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