Get help with French

If French isn’t your first language, don’t worry. UdeM has many tools and programs to get you on your way to improving your French language skills.

Improve your French

Workshops for non-native French Speakers

(Free) Offered by the Centre de communication écrite (CCE), UdeM’s writing centre. These workshops address the specific problems of non-native French speakers (not for beginners). 

Language exchange

($15) Offered by Action humanitaire et communautaire (AHC), UdeM’s community action service. This pairing program provides you with an informal way to improve your French at your own pace. You then help your partner improve his or her skills in your own first language.

Conversational French workshop

(Free with a deposit of $50.) Offered by the Bureau de soutien aux nouveaux étudiants, UdeM's new student services. These conversation workshops explore different themes to help you develop your vocabulary and make you feel more comfortable speaking French (not for beginners).

Individual tutoring

($25 for undergraduates, $50 for graduates.) Individual tutoring offered by the Centre d’aide en français (CAF), UdeM’s French-language support centre. Over six sessions, your tutor will help you with any weaknesses in your written French based on your assessment test.

Self-study

(Free) Offered by the CAF. Through this service, students can access self-study tools and software and a wide range of reference works, dictionaries, grammar books, educational materials, exercises and more.

Credit courses

Offered by the Faculty of Continuing Education.

Administrative assistance

Provided by student services to non-Francophone students. You can get help in English about administrative, financial, social or personal questions and get referred to the right service.

Write your dissertation or thesis in English

You may choose to write your dissertation or thesis in English. Simply make a request upon your admission to your program. The selection committee will then review your request. To get an idea of the previous student research done in your field at UdeM, consult Papyrus, the university’s directory of dissertations and theses. You can perform a search by program or field of study, language, and research supervisor.

And much more!

Although Université de Montréal is a French-language university, many of our research departments are open to creating a bilingual environment for students in graduate-level programs. These departments are aware of the importance of bilingualism in order for graduate students to succeed in their research careers. Students who are proficient in English are therefore welcome and accepted into graduate-level programs. For more information, read about your program of choice or contact the specific faculty or department.