Academics

French Language

Locals in Neuchâtel speak French, but knowing the language is not a prerequisite of our program. You just need to be willing to learn, and we'll help you! 
Switzerland is one of the best countries in the world in which to learn French—with greater ease—given the beauty and clarity of the Swiss-French accent. Students study French for either credit or non-credit depending on their university plans and abilities. With the exception of the optional Core, Extended and Immersion French classes offered, all of our Ontario Grade 12 courses are instructed in English by outstanding Canadian, Ontario-certified teachers. 
 

Simon Hinnawi ‘18

Now I speak French day-to-day when necessary, ranging from occasional talks with my pension to communicating in public with the local Swiss people.
Students who do not choose to enroll in Grade 12 or Advanced Placement French must take a non-credit course in French Communication & Culture geared to their level for 80 minutes each week. The College also organizes student exchanges with local schools to improve French fluency for those students who are learning the language. Bilingual students have the opportunity to improve their accent and further expand their vocabulary by conversing in French in the community on a daily basis.

Olivia Thompson ‘18

NJC has also helped me with the development of my French in the sense that before arriving to Neuchâtel, the extent of my French consisted of bonjour, and merci. Now, I can confidently say I am able to hold small conversations and ask for directions in French.
A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap