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Students in a French Program at Huron become skilled in using the French Language in all types of communication through the in-depth study of grammar, composition, professional French, translation, and conversation. 

Students are also given the opportunity to explore many different aspects of French and Francophone literature and film. This diversification allows Huron's students to construct a program in French according to personal aptitudes, interests, and goals. The well-rounded educations given in all French programs prepare students for future careers in Canada and in French-speaking countries.

Exchange Programs in France and Quebec

International Exchange Bursary

Patricia Boucher Memorial International Exchange Travel Grant

Established in 2000 in memory of Patricia Boucher, an exchange student from Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin, through the generous support of her family and the many friends she made among the students at Huron University College. It is intended to assist a student with travel expenses associated with the Huron/Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin exchange program. The recipient must be registered in a full-time program at Huron University College and demonstrate financial need. If no Huron student is eligible, the bursary may assist a Versailles student on exchange at Huron or assist a Huron student participating in an exchange with another European university.

Value: approx. $2,000 (open to several students)

APPLY for the Patricia Boucher Memorial International Exchange Travel Grant

Do you want to become a teacher?

Huron is pleased to partner with Western University’s Faculty of Education to ensure, starting 2018,  prioritized admission to the B.Ed. program (PJ, JI, or IS) for all graduates who successfully complete Huron’s French program with an overall average of at least 75% and who fulfill all other requirements for entry to the Faculty of Education.


  • After Graduation

  • Why Major in French?

    To prepare yourself for a variety of careers
    Employers today are looking for people with the ability to analyze information, to find creative solutions to problems, to communicate their ideas effectively both orally and in writing. These are the general skills that one acquires when studying literature and language. These general skills are valuable because they can be applied to a wide variety of specific job domains.

    To give yourself an edge over the competition

    Employers are looking for something that distinguishes you from all the other applicants. If you have competency in a second language, especially French in the Canadian market, it is an advantage in many job situations.

    To increase your job opportunities

    Bilingualism (English/French) is a requirement for a variety of jobs within Canada. A knowledge of French will also make you eligible for jobs outside of Canada where French is spoken.

    To see the world from another perspective

    We are living in an ever-shrinking world where rapid communications and globalization of business are demanding that we have a greater awareness of other cultures. The study of francophone literature and civilization is an excellent way to acquire a better understanding of many cultures around the globe in Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Africa, to name a few.

    To be able to converse with others

    French is the official language of over thirty different countries and is spoken in many more located on all five continents. A knowledge of French is your passport to making friends, establishing business contacts and interacting on the world stage.

    Some job opportunities for French

    Civil Service
    Foreign Service
    Canada-wide Companies
    Travel and Tourism
    International Business
    Library Sciences (Books, Film, Music)
    United Nations
    Armed Forces
    Humanitarian Aid

    Some countries where French is spoken

    French Guyana
    North Africa
    West Africa
    Central Africa
    French Polynesia
    Middle East
  • Faculty Members: A Closer Look

  • Faculty

    Mariana Ionescu, PhD
    Associate Professor
    French Program Coordinator

    Email: mionesc2@uwo.ca
    Office: HUC A210
    Phone: (519) 438-7224 x 259

    BA Hons., MA (University of Bucharest), MA, PhD (Western University)

    Areas of Specialization
    20th Century French and Francophone Literature
    Orality and Literacy
    Literary Theory

    Research Interests
    The in-between in French and Francophone Women’s Writing
    French and Francophone Film and Literature
    Children’s Literature
    Culture and Gastronomy


    Les (en)jeux de l’oral et de l’écrit: le cas de Panaït Istrati. Braïla: Éditions Istros, 2000.

    Electronic Scholarly Journals

    « Questionner l’espace des frontières ». Jorge Calderón and Mariana Ionescu (co-ed.). Special Issue of the electronic journal of the Canadian Association of University and College Teachers of French Voix plurielles 5.2 (Déc. 2008). 132 p. http://apfucc.net./

    « L'entre-deux dans les littératures d'expression française ». Mariana Ionescu (ed.). Les Cahiers du GRELCEF No 1 (2010). 235 p. http://www.uwo.ca/french/grelcef/cahiers_intro.htm

    Articles and Book Chapters (selection)

    « De l’écriture ‘comme un couteau’ à l’écriture ‘dans le vif’ : Le vrai lieu d’Annie Ernaux. Nouvelle Revue Synergies Canada 10 (Jan. 2017) : 1-7. 

    « Designing a French for Liberal Arts Professions Course ». Language, Individual & Society, Volume 8 (Summer 2014): 54-61. 

    « L’écriture de Kim Thúy et Liliana Lazar, résilience ou résistance ? » @nalyses, Vol. 9, no 3 (Automne 2014): 95-111. https://uottawa.scholarsportal.info/ojs/index.php/revue-analyses/article/view/1182/1040

    « De l’endurance à la résilience : les romans de Felicia Mihali ». Dialogues Francophones 19 (Spring 2014) : 21-31.

    « Du vide mémoriel à l’utopie identitaire dans Morne Câpresse de Gisèle Pineau ». Diasporiques. Mémoire, diasporas et formes du roman francophone contemporain. Ottawa : Les Éditions David, 2013. 305-316.

    « La voix du mythe dans l'écriture d'Yves Thériault » in « Mythes et symboles dans la littérature francophone ». Otago French Notes (New Zealand) 3/2010 (hors-série) : 101-115.

    « Du corps figé au corps évacué: ‘figures du corps’ dans l’écriture d’Annie Ernaux ». Annie Ernaux : perspectives critiques. Textes réunis par Sergio Villani. Ottawa : Legas, 2009. 241-252. 

    « L’Énonciation culturelle chez Panaït Istrati et Patrick Chamoiseau : traduction ou trahison ? » Voix plurielles 5.2 (Dec. 2008) : 109-121. http://apfucc.net/

    « L'ici-là selon Gisèle Pineau ». Voix plurielles 4.1 (May 2007): 1-14.  http://apfucc.net./

    « Histoire de la femme cannibale: du collage à l'autofiction ». Nouvelles Études Francophones 22.1 (Spring 2007): 155-69.

    « Postmodernisme et quête identitaire dans le roman et le film Les Portes tournantes ». Women in French Studies , Special Issue 2006: 291-310.

    « La quête ex-centrique de l'histoire dans les récits d'Antonine Maillet ». Francophonies d'Amérique 19 (Printemps 2005): 177-84.

    « Le paradigme de l’oralité dans la réception critique de la littérature antillaise ». Dialogues Francophones 8/9 (2003): 257-267.

    « Journal du dehors d’Annie Ernaux: ‘Je est un autre ». The French Review Vol. 74, No. 5 (April 2001): 934-43.

    « La dimension mytho-poétique dans Vers la lumière de Chantal Chawaf ». Women in French Studies (1998): 56-64.

    Andrea King
    Assistant Professor, French Program

    Email: aking94@uwo.ca
    Office: HUC A211
    Phone: (519) 438-7224 ext. 229

    BA Hons. (Trent University); BEd, MA, PhD (Queen’s University)

    Courses Taught
    University French (Level I) (1910)
    French and Francophone Culture Studies: Special Topics (2408A/B)
    Introduction to French Literature (2600E)
    Advanced French Language (4902B)

    Research Interests
    Women’s Quebec Novel
    Comparative Literature (Québec and English Canada)
    Haunting in Literature

    Recent Publications
    Journal Volume
    Co-editor of the issue “La revenance chez Anne Hébert.” Les Cahiers Anne Hébert 11 (May 2011).

    Journal Articles
    “Théâtre des disparues: Le premier jardin.” Forthcoming in Les Cahiers Anne Hébert 13 (2013). 

    “Haunting Love in Anne Hébert’s Les fous de Bassan and Mary Novik’s Conceit.” 
    Canadian Literature 214 (2013). 

    “Invasion, fuite et faille subjectives: La figure de la revenante dans Les fous de Bassan
    d’Anne Hébert.” Les Cahiers Anne Hébert 11 (May 2011): 49-69.

    “L’angoisse de l’écriture dans l’œuvre de Germaine Guèvremont.” @nalyses: Revue de critique et de théorie littéraire. http://www.revueanalyses.org/index.php?id=1593 (February 2010).

    Diana Buglea
    Sessional Assistant Professor, French Program

    Email: dbuglea@uwo.ca
    Office: HUC A12

    BA (Timisoara), MA, Ph.D. (UWO)

    Courses Taught
    Intensive French (1002)
    University French (Level I) (1910)
    French and Francophone Literature Written for Children and Young Adults (3753F/G)
    Language (Advanced Level III) (3900)