French, a language spoken around the world

French is spoken by more than 200 million people on the 5 continents.

Forbes Magazine recently referred to a study conducted by the investment bank Natixis that suggests that by 2050, due to the fastest-growing economies of French-speaking Africa, French could be the most-spoken language in the world, ahead of English and even Mandarin.

French brings an added value to your professional career

Mastering French can represent a major asset and will multiply your chances in today’s job market within your country of origin or internationally.

French, the other language of international relations

Numerous international organizations use French as their official language: United Nations, European Union, UNESCO, NATO, among others.

French, a language for thought and debate

French is a language that enables one to better structure one’s thoughts and put ideas into perspective, two qualities essential in the workplace.


This Summer School is designed to address a wide audience (students, executives, professionals, etc.) and does not require any prior specific knowledge in business.

HEC Montréal is the only graduate school of management in North America to offer a Business French Summer School. Geared towards not only students but also professionals, this unique immersion program comprises the following aspects:

  • Online oral and written placement tests once fully registered (100% payment)
  • Levels offered : from total Beginner (Level 0) to Intermediate/Advanced (Level 4)
  • Class size : between 10 to 16 participants on average – Minimum age required : 18*
*Except for students admitted in a graduating program of study at HEC Montréal
  • Business French courses in the morning, focusing on the 4 language skills : writing, reading, listening and speaking
  • Credited course* (3 credits). Course Certificate awarded upon successful completion of the program
*For all the other participants, the transfer of credits will be subject to approbation of their university of origin if they still hold a student status.
  • Interactive oral communication workshops in the afternoon, focusing on competencies and themes in connection with the business world
  • Company visits: Prominent Montreal small and medium-sized companies – Socially-responsible companies – Hydro-Québec – Radio-Canada Broadcasting Corporation – Cirque Éloize – Moment Factory multimedia studio – La TOHU
  • Socio-cultural and sports activities in the afternoon, conducted in French by our dynamic team of French-speaking guides
  • Numerous optional activities, all accompanied in the evening by our team of French-speaking guides
*Activities subject to change


In this course, participants are expected to present themselves orally, to greet each other, to talk about simple and familiar subjects, such as family or studies, always in a predictable context. Short audio documents are used to become familiar with the sounds of French. Simple written documents are used to help the oral productions of students.
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This course deals with basic notions of French grammar. Communicate orally about real situations. Read and write short and simple texts and learn the basic vocabulary in management in French.
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The course allows participants to understand the essential points of an oral or written communication clearly expressed in a common language, to communicate orally on topics familiar with studies, current events, work, and to write simple and coherent texts using, among other things, terms from the field of management.
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This course aims at a good mastery of the French language in order to ensure adequate written and oral communications in academic and workplace situations. This linguistic knowledge favors the pursuit of studies and the achievement of professional goals. This course also covers oral and written comprehension of academic and professional discourse, the consolidation of linguistic structures, the acquisition of writing techniques for administrative documents and the enrichment of vocabulary.
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This course allows participants to achieve a good command of the French language in order to ensure the effectiveness of written and oral communication in academic or work-related situations. The course allows participants to communicate orally with ease, to write correctly relatively complex texts, to deepen linguistic notions and to use a wide range of French terms in the field of management.
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The Business French Summer School at HEC Montréal is a 4-week immersion program.

This one-of-a-kind immersion program in North America combines intensive Business French courses (from total Beginner to Intermediate/ Advanced), interactive oral communication workshops, company visits as well as numerous socio-cultural activities and outings designed to discover the city of Montreal (+/- 100 hours).
This Business French Summer School will allow you over a relatively short period of time (4 weeks) to live an enriching linguistic and cultural experience on both a personal and professional level.
 Sample Schedule

Registration fee ($200 CA), non refundable
100 hours of training, activities and outings (optional activities conducted in French included)
Breakfast on Induction Day (Day 1 of the program)
Course material
Cocktail reception during the photography contest “Montréal, ma réalité“
Buffet for the Closing Ceremony
Tuition Fees (taxes included) $1 875 CA

IMPORTANT: Is travel insurance mandatory in order to enroll in the Business French Summer School at HEC Montréal?


YES, it is COMPULSORY for each participant to subscribe to the School’s health insurance policy, which covers the costs of illness, hospitalization and repatriation in the event of a medical emergency. This travel insurance, covering the Summer School period (30 days), will be automatically included in your online registration. The cost is $187 CA per person.

NO: Canadian or Permanent Residents of Canadaborn outside the Province of Quebec doivent impérativement vérifier should an emergency occur during their stay in Montreal. For a greater piece of mind, it is always possible to acquire additional travel insurance.

Payment for this Summer School (Registration fees and optional Lodging, if applicable) is to be made only by credit card. Payment by debit card is not available.

We accept the following credit cards:

You may complete your transaction on our secure web server (https).
Upon registration, you will have two payment options: one lump sum payment (100% of total cost) or two payments (Payment 1: 25% of total cost; followed by Payment 2: the remaining 75%.)

Registration Deadline

La totalité des frais d’inscriptions (100 %), incluant l’option d’hébergement, s’il y a lieu, doit être acquittée avant le 17 juin.
Total registration cost (100%), including Lodging option, if applicable, must be received no later than June 17.
After this date, please contact HEC Montréal Business Language Training Center to inquire if there are any openings for registration:
In any case, the cost for Registration must be paid in full (100%) before the starting date of the Summer School.

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