• Application Deadline: 
    March 1
  • Profile Code: 
  • DEC in: 
    Arts, Literature and Communication (ALC)
  • Program Length: 
    2 years

Discover how people who are fluent in multiple languages and can empathize with different cultural viewpoints are able to build bridges between people, cultures and nations. At Dawson, you can choose from a wide selection of languages: Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin (Chinese), Hebrew and Greek. In addition, you will be introduced to a variety of cultural, historical and linguistic aspects of those languages. This profile offers exciting learning opportunities, such as a student exchange trip to Germany, an internship in Spain and one-on-one time with German and Spanish language assistants. Students may pursue the German language diploma (DSD I), a DELE Spanish Language Certificate, a CILS Italian Language Certificate or the Certificate in Hellenic Studies.

Small class sizes ensured that I always had support from my teachers and got to meet other students who shared my interests.
— Anne-Aurelle S.

What you will learn?

  • To understand, speak, read and write in two or more new languages
  • To discover other cultures
  • To learn the fundamentals of language structure and use
  • To advance your creative skills and critical thinking
  • To develop and execute a creative project

Where will this program lead you?

Dawson's Language Profile will open doors to most disciplines and complement all professions. Languages are the most transferable skills for any job or career and an asset in today's globalized world.

Graduates are well prepared for university studies in the arts and social sciences in fields such as communication studies, cultural studies, interpretation or translation, literature, English, Hispanic, German, Asian, Italian or French Studies, journalism, education, business and commerce, entrepreneurship, human resources, tourism, teaching English (TESL) or French as a foreign language, languages, linguistics, psychology, philosophy... and more!

Career possibilities will depend on what you choose to study at university.

Some possible future careers include: translator, linguist, journalist, researcher, teacher, speech pathologist.

What else you should know?

  • Our Languages Department is the largest in the Quebec CEGEP network and the only one to offer Hebrew and Modern Greek
  • Students can boost their language competency and cultural connection through conversations, cultural workshops, and one-on-one sessions with German and Spanish language assistants
  • Students can benefit from working in the language labs and with language tutors
  • The Language Study Centre is our students’ own space where they can meet each other informally, practice their new language skills, do homework, participate in organized conversation workshops, attend special events and work on group projects
  • Students go on field trips to local art exhibitions, theatrical presentations and other activities
  • Guest speakers or artists are invited
  • There is a possibility to do an internship in Malaga, Spain, where students live with a host family, attend conferences and work
  • Students can also participate in an exchange trip to Freiburg and Berlin, Germany
  • There is an opportunity to participate in the annual Chinese speech contests organized by the Chinese Government in Canada
  • This Profile offers a close-knit community and strong profile identity
  • Teachers connect with students for extensive one-on-one time

What do you need to apply?

  • A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES.
  • French placement at 101 level or higher (testing may be required)

Application Deadline

March 1

Last Modified: November 8, 2023