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Quebec City - Study French language and culture

French 111 | 3 credits

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Applications are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are encouraged.  

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  3. Upload the application form for your selected Global Seminar – see Application documents below

Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 3 Global Seminars.

Shortlisted students can expect to be invited for interviews in early January.

Selected students will be notified mid-January. 

About the course

Coursework: French 111 - 3 credits

Instructor: Dr. Stéphanie Palisse, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

French 111, Study in Quebec program, is immersion/intensive courses in spoken and written French. The course uses an integrated method that facilitates the development of communicative abilities without neglecting the study of grammatical structure, literature, and writing. FR111 includes visits around Quebec city to allow students to learn more about the history of the city and the region as well as the Francophone culture.  

By the end of the course, you are expected to develop a good understanding of the French language and culture, and be able to yourself in a variety of situations, such as speaking and writing about yourself, your family, your interests and your daily routine. You will improve your ability to:

  • Talk about the present and the past
  • Tell and write stories that happened in the past
  • Ask questions to locals about their lives in Quebec
  • Express opinions
  • Read some newspapers and articles in French
  • Take part in debates related to Canadian and Quebec culture, history and politics

The course includes longer class periods than in a standard course, workshops, a number of interactive visits around Quebec city (and Montreal), and the unique opportunity to work with French instructors in a smaller setting than a standard course.

Evaluation techniques include a number of different methods such as: 

  • exam and quizzes
  • essays
  • structured interactions with Francophone people
  • short presentations to the entire class (such as revue de presse)

About the experience

A typical day might include:

  • classroom time
  • visits to local markets and museums
  • exploring Quebec city's neighborhoods
  • food tours or day trips to nearby towns

The weekends might include activities such as:

  • Cycling excursion
  • Red bus tour
  • Guided visit of the Château Frontenac
  • Ferry ride on the river with a hot chocolate stop
  • a Nighttime ghost tour of Quebec
  • a visit of French bookstores in the old city or Music shows

Notable environmental conditions: 

Most of the time will be spent in the city, we recommend students stay hydrated and have comfortable walking shoes as there will be plenty of walking during the program.

General timeline

The program will take place in Quebec City for 3 weeks from June 10th to 28th, 2019.  Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.  


To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as Go Global’s general eligibility.

Program-specific requirements: 

French 11, FREN 102 or permission from the course instructor. Science students specifically need to be in third-year as of 2019W to take this course.  Commerce students need to be in third-year as of 2019W, or obtain special permission from their Faculty to take this course.

Global Seminars - general eligibility

You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application

You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar

You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar

You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure

You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date

Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis

You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar

Program fees and costs

The program fee is between $2,200 - 2,500 + 3 credit tuition and flights.

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive a $1000 Go Global Award

Program fee includes Program fee DOES NOT include
Accommodation Tuition*
Program-related travel Flight*
Program-related excursions Incidentals*
Meals *depending on program
Go Global fee ($415.00)

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to your destination is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Please contact a Global Seminar Advisor if you have questions about the program fee. Connecting early with an Enrolment Service Advisor will also be helpful in order to plan for your trip.

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Pre-departure Policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences.  In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


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