Études françaises

Études françaises

Program focuses is French literatures and the evolution of ideas and literary fields as well as research training in French linguistics.

This unique interdisciplinary program features a double specialization in French Literature and French Linguistics and offers courses in French only on both campuses of York University.

You will have the opportunity to research and study French literature and the language of France, French Canada and French communities across the world (for instance Professor Szmidt’s research on North African literature and Professor R. Mougeon’s research on Canadian French and immersion French).

Students are actively involved in research: as graduate or research assistants assigned to professors; for students in Linguistics, as members of the Centre for Research on Language Contact, located at Glendon; and as organizers and participants in student colloquia showcasing their research. Entrance in the program requires high competence in French for non-native French-speaking students.

Stream and Specializations

Literature program areas of specialization:

  • Literary theory and fields
  • Women's literature
  • Literature and society (France, French Canada, and the Francophone world)

Linguistics areas of specialization:

  • Descriptive and theoretical linguistics
  • Historical and Romance linguistics
  • Enunciative linguistics
  • Descriptive linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • French language learning in a Canadian context

Degrees Offered


Program Length (Full-time)

5 term(s)

Program Component(s)

  • Major research paper
  • OR Thesis
  • OR Course work only

Minimum Required GPA


Fall Entry

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Deadline - Fall (All Applicants)


French Proficiency Requirement

Test de franais international (TFI)Minimum score of 785
Test de connaissance du franais (TCF)Minimum score of B2
Test d'evaluation de franais (TEF)Minimum score of B2
Diplome d'etudes en langue franaise (DELF)Minimum score of B2
Diplome approfondi de langue franaise (DALF)Minimum score of C1 or C2
TESTCANMinimum score of 4

Additional Admission Requirements

Required Forms

En français
Informations complémentaires (PDF)
Formulaire d'évaluation (PDF)

Number of Recommendation(s)

  • 3 recommendation(s)

Other Requirements

Ways to connect with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Program Supports

Have a program-related question?

Contact the graduate program assistant: yorku.ca/gradstudies/program-contacts/

Have an admission related question? Contact the Graduate Admissions Team

By phone: 416-872-9675

By email: fgsapply@yorku.ca

Upcoming graduate webinars/in-person events for Future Students: futurestudents.yorku.ca/events/graduate

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