Success Maps

French Success Map

 

All Pillars | All Years
1st Year (0-30 Credit Hours)
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BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Explore SMU’s diverse French course offerings.


Take the French Online Placement Test.


Explore your options for majors and minors by attending the Programs Day across faculties in February.


Register for classes as soon as registration opens. Classes fill early!


Visit your Academic Advisor or Program Advisor to be sure you have the right courses.


Gather information on Co-operative Education opportunities.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Apply the critical thinking process and incorporate French into your life. Change everyday materials into French. Get help in French with a French monitor.


Develop collaboration and teamwork skills, combining independent thought and group interaction.


Understand international, multi-racial, and historical perspectives that have shaped French and Francophone societies.


Improve your writing at the Writing Centre. Get expert feedback and incorporate it into your work.


Develop research skills by navigating online databases and the stacks at the Patrick Power Library. Take a virtual tour.


Build a résumé at a Résumé Seminar, to prepare for internships, scholarships, and summer jobs.


Start your Co-Curricular Record. Document your acquired skills from on- and off-campus activities and volunteer work.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life

Attend Welcome Week. Make friends. Meet classmates, faculty, and advisors at academic orientation. Attend a session about a culture of safety and respect at Saint Mary's.


Introduce yourself to your professors after class or during office hours.


Volunteer in French associations such as radio OUI 98fm, Centre communautaire du Grand-Havre, and Alliance Française.


Visit the Societies Fair. Explore student societies, including those culturally-based, before deciding which to join. French majors may consider the Francophone Society.


Stay Active. Explore SMUfit, campus sports, exercise, and recreation opportunities.


Apply for a scholarship. There are more than 260 available!


Need help with time management, organizational, or presentation skills? Book an Academic & Life Skills Coaching session.


Learn to budget your money. Attend a Financial Literacy workshop or get advice from Financial Aid and Awards.


Check-in with Career Services to start discussing your career goals, related to your program. Experiment with different classes to see what you like.


When facing a personal crisis, get help from the Counselling Centre.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Consider courses with global themes for your electives.


Need a job? Create a HireSMU account to find available jobs.


Not from Halifax? Explore and discover all our cultural opportunities and have fun.


Keep current with local events. Read Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood newsletter.


Apply to the Explore French-Language Bursary Program.


Travel while studying. Investigate travel options beyond Canada (2nd, 3rd or 4th year) at International Activities.


Obtain or update your passport in preparation for possible international travel.


Not from Canada? Browse Services for International Students for available support.


Attend International Night—an annual banquet showcasing SMU’s many cultures.

2nd Year (30-60 Credit Hours)
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BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Enroll in 2nd year courses: FREN 3307, 3308, 3350, & 3351.


Thinking of changing majors or minors? Attend Programs Day for help.


Visit your Academic Advisor or Program Advisor to be sure you have the right courses and to declare your major in this year.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Enhance your fluency or near-fluency in French with the help of a French monitor.


Upgrade your writing with one-on-one tutorials at the Writing Centre or through online resources.


Learn advanced researching techniques at the Library.


Update your Co-Curricular Record to keep track of your accomplishments and set new goals.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life

Become a LEAP Peer Mentor. Build leadership and mentoring skills, while getting paid.


Apply your classroom learning and improve soft skills by joining some student societies.



Participate in intramurals. Demonstrate your team skills and character to future employers and admissions officers.


Browse the Scholarship List modify your cover letter to match the criteria. Apply between February and May.


Need more academic support? Contact Personal Counselling or Academic & Life Skills Coaching.


Seek Career Counselling. Explore the core competencies of your major, and career possibilities related to your strengths, interests, and values.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Discover ways to give back to your community, from local to global. Come to the Volunteer Fair held every September, or speak to a Career and Employment Coach at Career Services.


Get involved with activities outside of your major and minor. Employers like well-rounded candidates.


Seek out businesses in HRM that employ French-speaking people.


Attend a LinkedIn photo shoot and a LinkedIn Seminar with Career Services. Put your best (and most professional) face forward!


Keep your HireSMU Account updated with accurate contact information and most recent resumes.


Consider applying for the Co-op Program at the beginning of 2nd year (30+ credits). Gain work experience over three terms.


Visit the Angers coordinator in the French program or the International Activities office for a study-abroad program in Angers. Best study abroad program is between your 2nd and 3rd year.


Explore options for international internships in your area of study.

3rd Year (60-90 Credit Hours)
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BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Complete the French required courses including six (6) credit hours each in Language, Culture, and Literature.


Visit your Academic Advisor to be sure you’re on the right track to meet graduation requirements.


Meet your Faculty Mentor/Department Chair for help with course selection, career advice, certifications, or selecting a thesis supervisor for the Honours Program.


Thinking about graduate school? Contact Career Services for options and admission procedures, and begin planning for applications with your Faculty Mentor/Department Chair.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Be aware of how your critical thinking grows from year to year.


Be more sensitive to the French language use.


Expand your understanding of language by taking a course in Linguistics.


Improve your research skills and grades by visiting the Library and using the Research-by-Appointment service for one-on-one help.


Visit the Writing Centre for workshops on Exam Writing & Preparation.


Update your Co-Curricular Record.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life

Get to know your professors. They are excellent contacts for reference letters. Chat about your future plans for 4th year and beyond.


Attend the Research Expo. Learn from the research and critical analysis of peers and professors. Also, showcase your own research project.


Join campus societies in your field. These provide opportunities to network with the industry and professionals.


Run for President of the Francophone Society, or help out with the French Film Club or the Faculty of Arts Open House.


Interested in teaching? Consider applying to lead LEAP Workshops as a Peer Facilitator.


Apply for over 200 returning awards.


Focus on summer or internship jobs within your major or career field of interest to gain specific experience and build credentials. Work as a French Language Monitor.


Visit the Career Development Centre for help with tactical job searches, including using social media, information interview, fine-tuning your résumé and cover letter, and practicing interview skills.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Attend the Halifax Career Fair in September and March. Discover career opportunities and employer expectations.


Let your networks know your major. Seek out potential employers for information and interviews.


Explore new internships designed to help international graduates gain experience in Nova Scotia.

4th Year (90-120 Credit Hours)
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BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Complete the French required courses during your 3rd and 4th year.


Is it too late to do an Honours degree? Speak to the Department Chair about your idea.


Complete a CAPP Degree Evaluation in Banner.


Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Discuss SMU graduate opportunities.


Contact your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor/Department Chair to ensure you are on track for graduation requirements and post-graduation plan.


Apply to graduate. Fill out an application for graduation form and submit to the Service Centre. Get your picture taken for the yearbook.


Consider graduate schools or professional programs. Start early, and use your professors and the Writing Centre to review your personal statement, cover letter, and applications.


Request transcripts, if required.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Broaden your knowledge concerning the history of the French language and literature.


Improve your listening comprehension and the ability to interpret and translate documents into French.


Before you graduate, do a final update of your Co-Curricular Record, and request an official copy.


Visit Career Services to prepare to clearly and persuasively articulate all you have learned at Saint Mary’s (in and out of class) to an employer.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life

Serve as Department Student Rep. Speak to your Department Chair.



Enter your best research paper for the Academic Writing Awards.


Apply for the Alliance Française award.


Get recognized for your involvement in the classroom and in the Saint Mary’s community. Apply for the Student Leadership Award.


Apply for other awards, including the SMUFU scholarship.


Brush up on your Financial Literacy. Receive guidance for a successful and healthy financial future, including student-loan repayment.


Your degree can open the door to many types of careers. Use the Career Counselling to discover where you want to go and how best to get there.


Plan to attend Career Services’ 4-week Job Search Seminar Series before or after graduation.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Be prepared to apply, interview, and network when school begins, to maximize your chance of receiving some job offers by May. There are numerous career possibilities with French Major.


In addition to the Halifax Career Fair, attend some career fairs specific to your program. Bring your résumé. Prepare in advance to speak with recruiters and potential employers.


Apply for the Halifax Connector program. Meet with a Halifax professional in a field of interest.


If you are a co-op student, arrange for your final work term placement early.


Are you an international student interested in staying in Canada and receiving permanent resident status? Contact the International Centre.


Get in contact with the SMU Young Alumni Association to begin your next phase as a Santamarian.


Remember, you have access to Career Services for three years post-graduation. Use these services to help you continue to get the most out of your degree.