Frequently Asked Questions
Can I skip the French course?
Only students with a sufficient proficiency level at the time of admission are exempt from French classes.
According to your French level, you will be registered for the intensive summer and/or annual French courses.
Once registered, attendance is mandatory. All absences must be justified by a medical certificate sent to the teacher via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Three unjustified absences will lead to dismissal from the course and result in a failing grade, which will appear on your transcript.
Are there different language levels within the intensive and annual courses?
Yes. Students self-evaluate their level before the start of the course, via an online individual placement test. Group levels vary from beginner to intermediate.
Is there a course offered to students with an advanced level of French?
No. Students with an advanced level of proficiency are encouraged to attend the master degree courses taught in French by bilingual Faculty members (see course catalogue).
What does the French test consist of?
Easier than a typical A2 level certification, the French test is designed to evaluate your passive knowledge of French (indicative of your ability to follow a course taught in French). The test is different each year. It is generally composed of a listening exercise, grammar and vocabulary exercises and a reading comprehension exercise, followed by a multiple choice section, as well as a short writing section. All instructions are translated into English.
How will the French test result appear on my transcript?
- Success: “Aquis” will appear on your official transcript (code “O” on your online transcript)
- Test to be retaken: “En cours” will appear on your official transcript (code “P” on your online transcript)
- Failure: “Echec” will appear on your official transcript (code “I” on your online transcript)
- Exemption (your French level met the Institute’s admission requirements): “Acquis” will appear on your official transcript (code “O” on your online transcript)
- Corrected copies of the test are available for review at the admission office. Please notice that you cannot print or take a picture of your test.
If I fail the French test, will it affect my average grade at the Institute or do I risk failing my study programme?
A pass/fail (acquis/échec) result for the last test will appear on your transcript of results. However, failing the French test does not affect the successful completion of your study programme, nor the awarding of your diploma.