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HEC Montréal is the only business school in North America that offers a French and Business Winter School. Designed for students (undergraduate, graduate, and PhD) as well as professionals, this unique, immersive program does not require special knowledge in French or business.

Description of the French and Business Winter School

Program tuition covers the following:

  • ± 100 hours of training and activities over a period of three (3) weeks
  • An online placement test you will take once registered to determine your level of French
  • Beginner to pre-intermediate levels; number of people per level/group: approximately 10 to 16
  • Course material: it is very important for each person registered to bring a laptop
  • Morning French course focusing on the four (4) language skills: writing, reading, listening, and speaking; introduction to French used in a professional environment, through roleplay and interactive scenarios; courses given by our team of professors specialized in teaching French as a foreign language (FFL)
  • For-credit French courses (3 university credits equivalent to 6 ECTS)
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  • Lectures in English* given by HEC Montréal faculty and/or by Montréal professionals who are renowned in the following fields:
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Sustainable development
  • Entertainment industry
  • Visits to internationally renowned companies or organizations in the above fields, conducted in English*

* As the program participants have a beginner, elementary, or pre-intermediate level of French, for obvious reasons of comprehension, these high-level conferences and visits cannot be conducted in French. They will, therefore, be conducted in English so that all participants can enjoy them.

  • Cultural visits*:
  • Guided tour of the city of Montréal
  • Musée McCord, Montréal Social History Museum
  • Montréal Planetarium
  • Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) and art workshop
  • ICI Radio-Canada television studios

* All these visits will be bilingual, in French and in English. Activities are subject to change.

  • Photography contest, “Objectif givré” (“frosted focus”), with prize drawings for the three best photographs
  • Activities to take full advantage of the Canadian winter:
  • A dogsled ride in a magnificent forest located ± 150 km north of Montréal (bus ride included)
  • Initiation to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in Mount Royal Park, located in the heart of Montréal (all equipment provided on site)
  • Trip to the city of Québec, capital of the province of Quebec, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Québec is located 260 km from Montréal (bus ride included, bilingual tour, also included: typical Québécois meal with maple syrup in a local restaurant)
  • Breakfast on opening day
  • Appetizers and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages during the “Objectif givré” (“frosted focus”) exhibit and during the closing ceremony.

Our different levels in French

91501 – Beginner

This course covers basic notions of French grammar. Speak about real situations, read and write short and simple texts, and learn basic management vocabulary in French.
The course teaches participants to speak on familiar topics, understand short and very simple texts on education, work and the immediate environment, write brief notes, and learn and use a wide range of terms in the field of management.


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.

91503 – Pre-intermediate

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.

Other practical information

Health Insurance

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


YES, it is MANDATORY for each international participant to subscribe to HEC Montréal's health insurance covering illness, hospitalization, and repatriation in the event of a medical emergency. This insurance will be automatically added and invoiced when you register online.

NO: Participants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, born outside the province of Quebec, must check the terms and conditions of their health insurance plan in their province of origin, including the terms and conditions of reimbursement in the event of a medical emergency during their stay in Montreal. For a greater piece of mind, it is always possible to acquire additional travel insurance.


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%.)


Total registration cost (100%) must be received no later than November 15.
After this date, please contact HEC Montréal Business Language Training Centre 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 program.


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Program features


An exclusive program in North America


3 university credits
(6 ECTS)

Space available

The program is open to anyone, but space is limited.


From January 29 through February 16, 2024 (3 weeks)


Can$2,095 (option to pay in 2 installments)


Register before September 15 and receive a 5% discount on the above tuition fees.

Registration deadline

November 15. After this date, please contact us.

* A minimum of 20 people must register for each level, failing which, all amounts will be refunded in full.

Minimum age requirement: 18 years