French is spoken in 57 countries worldwide and is one of Canada's official languages. With globalization progressing at a rapid speed, studying French and the cultures where it’s spoken will provide you with valuable communicative skills and a competitive edge in any career.

Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will be offered instruction in French language and literature, both in the original and in translation, and courses in the civilizations and cultures of France and French-Canada. You will study canonical writers and works of historical and global significance as well as Francophone writers and works from Saskatchewan and the prairies.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
FREN 122** Intermediate French I
CMPT 120* Digital Document Processing
PSY 121* Social Clinical Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology
LING 112* Dynamics of Language
LIT 110* Journeys in Masterpieces of European Languages in English Translation

Winter Term
FREN 125** Intermediate French II
BIOL 121* The Diversity of Life
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies
ARTH 121* Art and Visual Culture II
LING 110* Introduction to Grammar

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.
** The French courses you choose in your first year will be dependant on your background.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

FREN 230: Introduction to French Canadian Literature
An introduction to the literature of 20th-century French Canada. A study of the main literary genres; short story, novel, plays, poetry and poetic prose; in their relationship to everyday life.

FREN 345: Theatre in Quebec
Studies the development of theatre in French Canada with emphasis on the contemporary period.

FREN 420: Topics in 20th Century French Literature
One of the following topics will be studied: The Nouveau-roman; Dada and Surrealism in French literature; the literature of the absurd.

Study and work abroad programs
In addition to local opportunities to celebrate French and Francophone culture, students are encouraged to participate in any one of many study and work abroad programs, including Explore, the federally-funded five-week French Immersion program in Québec and other provinces.

All our French professors are involved in the Fransaskois community, and enhance their classes with trips to French movies, live theatre, musical events, variety shows, conferences and translation slams.

This program offers a great deal of flexibility through diverse course offerings of international, national and provincial importance.

Class size
Because class sizes are smaller than in other first year courses, and a second-language provides the ultimate level playing field, students become part of a close-knit community in the Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies Department. Not only do the professors know their students by name, but they are also able to offer personal interaction both in class and in the Francophone community at large.


Some career opportunities include:

  • Bilingual customer support officer
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • English as a Second Language teacher
  • Foreign service officer
  • Immigration officer
  • International relations consultant
  • International student advisor
  • Librarian
  • Researcher
  • Tour guide
  • Translator
  • Travel agent

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $6,608 $18,040
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,055 $20,487

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) French degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2021
Dec 1, 2020
Documents due: Dec 15, 2020
Oct 1, 2020
Documents due: Oct 15, 2020
May 2021
Apr 1, 2021
Documents due: May 1, 2021
Feb 1, 2021
Documents due: Mar 1, 2021
July 2021
May 1, 2021
Documents due: Jun 1, 2021
Mar 1, 2021
Documents due: Apr 1, 2021
September 2021
Aug 15, 2021
Documents due: Aug 15, 2021
May 1, 2021
Documents due: Jun 1, 2021
January 2022
Dec 1, 2021
Documents due: Dec 15, 2021
Sep 1, 2021
Documents due: Oct 1, 2021

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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