Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Gain strong skills in French language and a critical insight into Francophone literatures and cultures within a global context.

French_438x265French professor Ramine Adl with Paisley Newburn and fellow students at UBC's Okanagan campus.

What You Need to Know

Why study French at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Research connections
Language students at UBC Okanagan have the invaluable opportunity to study abroad in a French-speaking university for one or two semesters through UBC’s Go Global exchange program. There are opportunities for you to work with faculty as teaching assistants, markers or research assistants.

Career opportunities
Proficiency or mastery of the French language will considerably expand your career options and destinations. Studies have shown that professionals with various levels of bilingualism make more money and are more marketable. Careers include tourism, management, business, media, education, as well as civil and foreign services. 

Diverse culture
In our French program, you will explore a diversity of francophone cultures from around the world. Students are encouraged to broaden their cultural awareness by engaging with the local Francophone community, as well as exchange programs such as the federal government’s Explore program, UBC’s Go Global international study abroad program, and the Language Assistant Program offered in partnership with the French Government.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Teach French!  

There is a great need of qualified and dynamic French teachers in BC. After obtaining your BA with a major in French, you can apply to the 16-month Bachelor of Education program to complete a teaching degree. You can specialize in teaching French as a second language (French Immersion, Core French) or French as a first language (in a Francophone school).

Program Overview

The study of French can be an excellent focus for your degree or a perfect complement to a program of study. French is one of the two official Canadian languages and the only language other than English spoken on five continents. Study in French can be applied to many fields and can facilitate work in nearly every region of the globe.

Pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA)—with a major, combined major, or minor—in our French language and literature program at UBC Okanagan. The BA program includes language studies at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as courses in literature, culture and translation. 

The language courses are designed to improve skills in reading, composition and oral communication, and foster critical analysis of cultural material as well as intercultural understanding. Our literature courses cover francophone literatures across historical periods and from a range of geographical regions.


UBC Okanagan's French program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover translation, literature and culture.

Sample courses:

  • FREN 115 – First-Year Oral French Practice
  • FREN 222 – Studies in French Language and Style I
  • FREN 338 – French Civilization
  • FREN 421 – For Adults Only: Fairy Tales in 17th & 18th Century France

Browse here for all French courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

Detailed information on the French program can be found in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French:

French undergraduates can complete a BA in French with a Major, Minor, or General Studies BA with a concentration in French, or a BA in French and Spanish.

Teach French!  There is a great need of qualified and dynamic French teachers in BC.  

After obtaining your BA with a major in French, you can apply to the 16-month Bachelor of Education program to complete a teaching degree. You can specialize in teaching French as a second language (French Immersion, Core French) or French as a first language (in a Francophone school).



British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples

Did you know that UBC outlines admission requirements according to where you attended high school or university?

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Studies Admissions page within the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Visit to external site for general admission requirements and program specific requirements for students from high schools in other Canadian provinces or transferring from other post-secondary institutions.

Students are encouraged to declare their major in French at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for required courses.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Study in French can be applied to nearly any field and can facilitate work in nearly every region of the globe. Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe, and secure a career as a bilingual educator, community worker development agency worker, or translator. Or continue your education to work in professions such as law, teaching, and international relations. 



  • Journalism
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Law
  • Intercultural Education
  • Museums
  • International Development
  • Teaching
  • Global Education
  • Politics and Government

Potential Employers

  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies and departments
  • Non-government organizations (NGOs)
  • Organizations that address cultural safety, diversity and oppression

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

Students can pursue a master's or PhD with a French focus through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program at UBC Okanagan. The IGS program allows students to develop multi- and interdisciplinary course and research programs to suit their interests.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan's campus:

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your fellow students.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

  • Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career. FCCS professors engage students in research projects, labs and centres that range from Indigenous studies and the study of animal ethics to digitized cultural history.
  • Take part in Eco Art Incubator, a research initiative that provides students and artists with a platform from which to work, as well as access to artist-friendly resources for conservation and ecological initiatives.
  • Investigate opportunities offered through the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCT), an interdisciplinary institute that engages in multiple forms of art, media, and information technologies as vehicles for the exploration and expression of community, culture, and identity.
  • Work collaboratively with artists and communities at the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts (CIMA) and foster contemporary artistic practices of indigenous media artists.

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project — a life-changing experience.
  • Build up your portfolio by flexing those writing muscles—write, edit, interview and perform other journalistic roles at UBC Okanagan's newspaper, The Phoenix, the official students' free press.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the French program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, take part in “Meet the Dean” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan's new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource - ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • The Library's Writing and Research Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.


  • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining a campus club or association.
  • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options in the UBCO French and Spanish Club.
  • Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence.

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC's Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.


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