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English and French as a Second Language Courses

Course Load

Graduate Level

Course Overlap

Continuing Studies

S/U Option


Outside ArtsSci

Grade Submission Deadlines

English and French as a Second Language Courses

ESL Courses

Up to a maximum of 12 credits of ESL courses, including academic writing courses for non-anglophones, are open to you if your primary language is not English and you have studied for fewer than five (5) years in an English-language secondary institution.

Placement tests are required for all ESL courses. For more information on ESL placement tests, see The McGill Writing Centre.

Note: As of Summer 2011, English as a Second Language courses will be administered by the School of Continuing Studies. To learn which School of Continuing Studies Courses can be taken for credit in the Faculty of Arts, click here [link].

FRSL Courses

Keep in mind that all  students who want to study French at McGill must first complete a  placement test to determine their level. You can find more information  on French Placement Tests at McGill here. You won’t be able to register for an FRSL course until you have completed the placement test process. You can find the dates for French Placement Tests and interviews here. The placement test dates are scheduled at the beginning of each semester.

Keep in mind that there is only limited room in French classes at  McGill, as they tend to be quite popular! The earlier you can take a placement test , the better chance you have that the class/level you are placed in still has spots available!