The Department of Modern Languages provides courses for several categories of students: for persons with little or no French, for those who have had French through high school, and for students who are fluent in French through residence, or through family, etc. A placement test must be taken prior to the beginning of classes to confirm the level at which these students should register.

Placement tests are administered through the Modern Languages department to ensure that students are registered in courses according to their abilities.

Visit the Modern Languages program site for more information about the French Placement Test.

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NOTE: As per Academic Regulation 1h, all undergraduate degree programs require successful completion of IKE-1040 (new for students beginning or returning after re-application in Fall 2022); one of UPEI-1010, UPEI-1020, or UPEI-1030, and a Writing Intensive Course. 



Requirements for a Major in French

  1. A major consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours of French.
  2. French 2410 and French 2420 are required courses.
  3. At least 24 semester hours must be taken from upper-level courses above 2420.
  4. In the case of students transferring credits for courses taken elsewhere at least 6 semester hours at the upper level must be taken at UPEI.


Students must include at least 12 semester hours in a modern language or modern languages other than French. In addition to the University’s requirement of  one of UPEI 1010, UPEI 1020, or UPEI 1030 and one writing intensive course, they should also include courses in History and Philosophy. Students should discuss these courses or other alternatives with the Chair of Modern Languages as early as possible.




Requirements for a Minor in French

  1. A minor in French consists of 21 semester hours of courses.
  2. French 2410 and French 2420 are required courses.
  3. At least 9 semester hours must be taken from among upper-level courses above French 2420.
  4. In the case of students transferring credits for courses taken elsewhere, at least 6 semester hours at the upper level must be taken at UPEI.
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