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Language requirements

Check the language requirements below according to your program or answer our online questionnaire to find out if you have the required level. If applicable, you will be required to provide your test results or transcripts as supporting evidence.

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Requirements in French

You are considered francophone and have the required level in French if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Passed the Épreuve uniforme de français, langue d’enseignement et littérature, for Quebec CEGEPs.
  • Completed high school studies entirely in French in Canada, without taking any welcome or francization courses.
  • Holds a Diplôme de baccalauréat from a French academy.
  • Holds a Certificat d’enseignement secondaire supérieur from Belgium, taken in an entirely francophone environment.
  • Holds a Diplôme national du brevet from Switzerland, taken in an entirely francophone environment.
  • Passed an institutional language test with a score of at least 60%, taken within the past two years, at another French-language university or recognized assessment body with requirements for Frenchlanguage proficiency equivalent to those of HEC Montréal, including:
    • French Test of UQAM
    • TFLM (Université de Montréal and Université Laval)
    • Test de français d’admission de la FEP (Université de Montréal)
    • Test de maitrise du français (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
    • TECFÉE (CÉFRANC)
  • Completed three years (90 credits or 180 ECTS) of university studies entirely in French, at a Frenchlanguage university (excluding internships, directed studies and theses).
  • Holds a certificate of language proficiency in French as a second language, issued by a recognized educational institution (30 credits).

If you do not meet any of these requirements, you will have to pass one of the tests or programs suggested below, with the required mark, and send us your results.

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Requirements in English

You are considered anglophone and have the required level in English if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Holds a diploma of collegial studies (DCS) from an English-language institution.
  • Completed high school studies entirely in English, without taking any welcome or anglicization courses.
  • Passed a language test at an English-language university with requirements for English-language proficiency equivalent to those of HEC Montréal.
  • Completed three years (90 credits) of university studies entirely in English, at an English-language university (excluding internships, directed studies and theses).
  • Holds a certificate of language proficiency in English as a second language, issued by a recognized educational institution (30 credits).

If you do not meet any of these requirements, you will have to pass one of the tests or programs suggested below, with the required mark, and send us your results.

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Requirements in Spanish

You are deemed to be a Spanish speaker and have the required level in Spanish if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Completed three years (90 credits) of undergraduate university studies entirely in Spanish, at a Spanishlanguage university (excluding internships, directed studies and theses).
  • Holds a certificate of language proficiency in Spanish as a second language, issued by a recognized educational institution (30 credits).
  • Holds a high school or college diploma (bachillerato or equivalent) in Spanish.

If you do not meet any of these requirements, you will have to pass one of the tests or programs suggested below, with the required mark, and send us your results.


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