Academic Profile & Summer Course Offerings
Since its establishment in Chicoutimi in 1969, the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi has served the mostly French-speaking population of its area by offering over 80 degree and diploma programs to its 6,000 students. Through the French Language School, UQAC offers a personalized language experience through its analysis of individual student language needs, variety of communication-based French language courses, supportive atmosphere, caring, accessible instructors and lively animateurs specializing in typical Quèbècoise culture, sports, dance and music.
To ensure that every student obtains the maximum possible benefit from the immersion program, students are always expected to speak French at all times. At the start of the program, an oral and written placement test is given to all program participants. The Summer Intensive Immersion Program offers French language study from introductory to advanced levels. Courses at each level analyze the French language from the perspective of syntax, phonetics, and communicative competence. In addition, courses such as Quebec Culture and Civilization are also offered, and give us an understanding of the cultural context of language. There is both a 3- and 5-week program in May and in July.
All French programs are complemented by a wide range of socio-cultural workshops, guided outdoor recreation, excursions to Quebec City, to Tadoussac (whale watching) and to Lac-St-Jean. The minimum age for participation on these programs is 18 years of age.
In the summer programs, students earn 3-6 credits, depending on the length of their program. Students enrolled in the three-week program earn 3 credits while students enrolled in the five-week program earn 6 credits. Courses are offered at all levels, beginning, intermediate and advanced.