Planning Your Degree FAQ

Planning a degree for the next four years is overwhelming for students. However, our alumni tell us planning early was an integral part of their success on campus.

For information and assistance, please contact Dr. Barbara Thistle (Manager of Academic Programs),, 709-864-8565, Room: SN-4033.

French 1500, 1501, 1502:
Introductory University French I, II and III

Which first-year course should you take after high school French?

If you have...

You should take:

NO French, High School French 3200 or 3201

French 1500

Courses completed OUTSIDE the province

Please consult Dr. Barbara Thistle (Manager of Academic Programs), or 709-864-8565.

With French Immersion

You should take:

High School French 2202

French 1501

High School French 3202 

French 1502

If you feel that you are ready for a higher level than recommended on the above chart, please contact Dr. Barbara Thistle (Manager of Academic Programs), to discuss your options.

Please note as well that in accordance with Regulation 15.13.2 Native speakers of French and students with near-native fluency will not normally receive credit for courses taken at the first year level in their native language nor will they be allowed to challenge for creidt at the first year level.  Such students shall consult the Department to be placed at the appropriate level.

General Introduction to French 1500, 1501, and 1502

These introductory courses will not make you instantly bilingual - but they will get you started and could be the beginning of a challenging but enriching experience : mastering a second (or third) language is not easy but it does bring great rewards - being able to think, dream and converse freely in another language is a wonderful experience, especially as learning a language inevitably involves becoming well acquainted with the culture of those who speak it.

In Canada today, being able to operate in both "official" languages can have its practical advantages, too : many potential employers will opt for applicants who can use both French and English in their work over those who are unilingual.

Prerequisites for further study in French

After completion of the appropriate first university-level French course, French 1500 is the prerequisite for French 1501, and French 1501 with a mark of at least 60 % is the prerequisite


If you still have questions once you have reviewed the document, please feel free to contact Dr. Barbara Thistle (Manager of Academic Programs), or 709-864-8565, Room: SN-4033 or Dr. Anne Thareau (Undergraduate Program Director - French), or 709-864-8597, Room: SN-4031.