Faculty of Arts and Science

Join innovative and intelligent students like you in the pursuit of a world-class degree in Arts and Science. Our faculty offers over 26 areas of study ranging from Biology to Sociology so no matter where your passion is we have a program for you.

  • Engage with some of the best educators and leading thinkers with Nipissing small class sizes.
  • Benefit from personalized attention and participate in undergraduate and, in some cases, graduate-level research.
  • Experience a picturesque setting with state-of-the-art facilities nestled in 256 acres of pristine forest.
  • If you love the outdoors and looking for a personalized, high quality education, Nipissing is for you.
  • Guaranteed single room in residence for first year students admitted from high school!

Foundations Pathway

The Faculty of Arts and Science is pleased to announce a new initiative that supports the transition from high school to university. Students will have an opportunity to take unique courses that inspire curiosity and provide an open dialogue for discovery. This pathway is intended for students who are determined to earn a university education but have faced challenges in an academic environment. Through our customized classes, students gain the skills and knowledge required for continued success as they work towards their Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. The pathway admits students applying directly from secondary school who have an average below the 70% admission requirement.

Learn more about the Foundations Pathway

French Language Placement Test

The French program is designed to expand on the knowledge of the French language first acquired in elementary and secondary schools. 

All students who wish to take French courses at Nipissing University are required to complete the French Language Placement Test prior to registering in their first French course.  This test will evaluate the language competency of students and enable them to enrol in the appropriate language level. 

There will be an online test available between
1:00 pm and 9:00 pm on the following dates ONLY:

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The online test consists of 2 grammar sections and a composition section.  You must complete the test BEFORE 9:00pm as the test will not be accessible after this time. For the oral component of the test, you must make an appointment with the professor in charge. The oral test will be done through Blackboard Collaborate. 

The French Placement Test is divided into three components:

  • Grammar (1 hour)
  • Dictation and composition (15 minutes) 
  • Oral interview (10 minutes)

Contact information:

Students who wish to register for the French Placement Test must send an email to Nicole Savage at nicoles@nipissingu.ca providing the following information:

  • Student name
  • Student ID number
  • Student telephone number
  • Test date requested  

Students will receive an email confirmation with their appointment time to do the oral test with Nicole Savage (between 1:00pm and 9:00pm).

The purpose of the French Placement Test is to assess some of the basic skills and abilities necessary to perform the tasks required in the French Courses.

Certificate of Bilingualism

Students of Nipissing University are eligible for a Certificate of Bilingualism if they demonstrate superior ability in French and English.

Please note:  You must be in your graduating year to take this test.

Application Deadline:  Friday, January 29, 2021

Written Examination:  Tuesday, March 16, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (English)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (French)

Oral Examination:  Thursday, March 18, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Testing Fee:  $45 

Application forms are available through the Dean of Arts and Science Office at asdean@nipissingu.ca.