Collège nordique francophone is the only post-secondary and continuing education institution north of the 60th parallel to offer professional training in French. Launched in 2009 by the Fédération franco-ténoise, an organization that support French speakers in the Northwest Territories, the school became independent in 2011.
Its programs address the areas of employment that are in high demand in the region: business administration, tourism management, early childhood education and special education.
Through distance learning, students can complete diploma and certificate programs offered at other colleges and universities across Canada—without leaving the North. At its campus in downtown Yellowknife, you can use the school’s computers to participate in classroom discussions happening elsewhere, or complete off-line coursework. Tuition costs vary depending on the program and its school of origin.
The school offers courses in English and French, with specialized programs for public servants.
Priding itself on its northern character and mandate to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region, Collège nordique francophone also offers language programming—including a course in Tlicho, one of the 11 official languages of the Northwest Territories—and educational workshops with a local flavour.
|Size of school||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||No|
- Caring for Patients in French: A professional development course for French speakers who already work in the health care field and want to improve their communication with francophone patients.
- Tlicho: Starting in September 2019, Tlicho language students will be paired up with Indigenous Elders for a unique cultural and intergenerational learning experience.
- Aurora Borealis: Capture the Colours of the North: learn how to take stunning photos of the northern lights under the guidance of a local photographer.
- French as a Second Language
- French Enrichment