Languages?  Oui !

As Southern Ontario’s Centre of Excellence for French-language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education, our integrated approach to bilingual liberal arts education is unique in Canada.

Why study languages at university?

Language and communication skills are key in today’s global workplace. With extra languages, you can:

  • Succeed in today’s increasingly international job market
  • Be a top contender for the jobs you really want
  • Have a greater chance for rapid advancement
  • Cultivate a deeper appreciation of other cultures
  • Be able to work with people from many backgrounds
  • Travel around the world with ease

But … why French?

  • Bilingual graduates can earn up to 12% more than the average unilingual graduate when they enter the workforce
  • With 128 million first-language speakers and another 51 million second language speakers, French is an important world language
  • It’s also one of the only languages in the world spoken on five continents
  • French, along with English, is of special importance in Canada and is the official working language of major organizations like the United Nations, NATO, and the International Olympic Committee

How you’ll learn French at Glendon


Our integrated approach to language learning and our small campus size mean that you’ll achieve a solid, working knowledge of French in two main ways:

Inside the classroom

Whether taking French as a Second Language (FSL) courses or trying a discipline course taught in French (for example, “Introduction to Psychology” or “History of Canada”) and obtaining the credits required to certify your language credentials, you’ll enhance the foundations of your French-language knowledge and get academic recognition for your efforts.

Outside of the classroom

Living and studying in in our close-knit bilingual community provides you with daily opportunities to practice your French with other French-speaking students (and for francophones to practice their English with you!)

Language learning outside of a degree program

Want to improve your French competency, but don’t need an extra credit? For this and other non-credit courses for a variety of languages and cultural experiences, the Glendon Extended Learning program is your answer.