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Old 03-24-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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From the research that I have done so far, it sounds as if you have options throughout regular schooling but to attend a Canadian Univ. you must be bi-lingual. Y or N?
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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From the research that I have done so far, it sounds as if you have options throughout regular schooling but to attend a Canadian Univ. you must be bi-lingual. Y or N?
No you don't. The vast majority of universities in Canada teach in English, and in the vast area of Canada outside Quebec, all of the major universities except one (Moncton) teach in English, with a handful (less than 5) bilingual ones like the University of Ottawa thrown into the mix.

Most universities in Quebec teach in French of course, although Quebec also has a few English universities, the most famous being McGill.
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Welland, Ontario Canada
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I know lots of people who go to Canadian universities - for example Brock University which is just down the road from where I live - and they don't speak a word of French.

Canadians are encouraged to be bilingual as a welcome to our French Canadian bretheren but it isn't law. I know only the French I learned in high school. I've yet to find it a problem anywhere.
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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lol, unless you're going to the backwoods of Quebec, you don't actually need to know French anywhere in Canada, definitely not outside of Quebec.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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I think you're confusing immigration to Canada with admission to Canadian universities. If you speak French in addition to English, you basically gain a fraction more eligibility points to be considered for immigration.

Saying that, unless you're going to a French language university, you don't need to speak French to get admitted to a Canadian university. Most of Canada's universities are entirely in English, just like the majority of Canada. Quebec is really the only province in Canada where French is the primary first language.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Nooooooooot at all.

I go to a canadian university (dal) and all I can say is "Bonjour. j'mapple pat. TABERNACKKK"

Even at most Quebec universities (my dad went to mcgill and spoke very little french) you don't need to know any french
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Nooooooooot at all.

I go to a canadian university (dal) and all I can say is "Bonjour. j'mapple pat. TABERNACKKK"

Even at most Quebec universities (my dad went to mcgill and spoke very little french) you don't need to know any french
In fact, you *do* need to know French at *most* Quebec universities, because a good dozen of them teach in French. Only three teach in English: McGill, Concordia and Bishop’s.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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In fact, you *do* need to know French at *most* Quebec universities, because a good dozen of them teach in French. Only three teach in English: McGill, Concordia and Bishop’s.
That's right. Universite de Montreal is in French as are Laval and the others. I go to Concordia where still a huge percentage of the students are francophones who are fluent in English. We also have the option to take several class in French if we prefer.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Yes, in Quebec one needs French if planning to attend a French language university. Outside of Quebec, one does NOT need French to attend university as practically every university out of Quebec is an English language university.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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I spent 5 years at the University of Waterloo, and in all that time I never heard a single word in French.
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