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Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce

The School of Business at University of Alberta has received world-wide recognition for its programs. The School of Business connects students to invaluable business opportunities and education by leveraging over 21 student exchange and applied and accredited co-operative programs. In collaboration with Campus Saint-Jean, The School of Business offers the first bilingual Bachelor of Business Administration in Canada.

Students have access to experience and reputable professors and teachers who come from all business backgrounds and areas of research in the field.

Students are required to complete a year of arts or science courses, achieving a minimum average to be accepted to The School of Business. Upon acceptance, students study a second year in the program, and in the third and fourth year, choose a specialization. Students pursuing a bilingual Bachelor of Business Administration study 50% of their courses in English and 50% of their courses in French.

Career and employment prospects are abound for graduates with a bilingual Bachelor of Business Administration. French is spoken in 54 countries world-wide. Speaking a second language in combination with a renowned education at University of Alberta School of Business opens up a world of possibilities.

Please note: in your application form, you must select North Campus (not Campus Saint-Jean) and then the faculty "Alberta School of Business" to apply to this program.


  • Accounting
  • Operations Management
  • Latin American Business Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Business Economics & Law
  • Business Studies
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Retailing and Services
  • East Asian Business Studies
  • Strategic Management and Organization
  • European Business Studies 
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Natural Resources, Energy & the Environment 

Possible careers

  • Account Manager
  • Accountant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Agent (staffing, financial management, investments, human resources)
  • Accounting analyst, advisor (financial, management)
  • Director (finance, marketing, sales)
  • Tax advisor
  • Budget planner
  • And more!

Admission Requirements

There is no direct entry from high school into the Bachelor of Commerce program (BCom). Students must first complete a year of university in another Faculty or postsecondary institution and take courses in English, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics. Admission to the BCom is competitive based on performance in the required courses and a student's overall academic record.

Initial admission is at Campus Saint-Jean (CSJ) where students will register for the courses of their pre-professional year and will follow all their courses in French. Applicants who have not completed their preprofessional requirements at CSJ are normally required to complete the preprofessional requirements in French at a recognized institution.

Applicants to the program must meet the criteria of English Language Proficiency and French Language Proficiency as courses are taught in both languages.

Preprofessional Year

Study Time: 1 year

★24 transferable work required (★ = units of course weight)

Courses to be completed at Faculté Saint-Jean:

  • ★6 in ANGL or ENGL
  • ECONE 101
  • ECONE 102
  • MATHQ 113 or 114
  • STATQ 151

Note: ALS and EAP courses are not acceptable equivalents to ANGL or ENGL.

GPA/Competitive Academic Average
Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.3. (on a scale of 4) during their last consecutive fall / winter session (September to April) before their application is considered. Please note that a GPA of 2.3 and presentation of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. All qualified applicants are ranked and admitted in order by GPA until the quota is met. The competitive GPA was determined to be between 2.8 and 3.0 in previous admission years, but may fluctuate with each admission cycle due to the quality of the applicant pool and the number of places available.

June 1st, 2021: Deadline to submit an application for Fall 2021 school year

June 15, 2021: Deadline to submit official transcripts

** These dates are subject to change. Please check the Alberta School of Business website for the most up to date information. **


For more information about this program, please consult the admission requirements outlined in the U of A Calendar for the most up to date information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your academic advisors at CSJ or the Undergraduate Program Office at the Alberta School of Business.

Alberta Guaranteed Admission

The Alberta School of Business offers a unique program for exceptional high school students.

Alberta Guaranteed Admission (AGA) offers high school students who complete their pre-professional studies at the University of Alberta in the 2021-22 academic year and meet all AGA requirements, a guaranteed space in the Bachelor of Commerce program for Fall 2022.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grade 12 Students in Canada with an average of 80% or higher in five appropriate high school subjects required for admission into your chosen direct entry faculty at the U of A. For information on High School Subject Requirements by Faculty and Programs, please visit the U of A Admission website. If you are currently in post-secondary studies, you are not eligible to apply for AGA.

Admission Criteria
  • Apply to the U of A: Students must submit a U of A application before they are able to apply for AGA. The deadline to apply for your pre-professional year is March 1, 2021.
  • Apply for AGA: Students must submit an AGA application prior to starting their pre professional year. The deadline to submit the application is August 1, 2021.
  • GPA: Must present a minimum GPA of 2.8 in their pre-professional year.

Guaranteed Spot in Fall 2022

Students who meet these criteria will be guaranteed a space in the BCom program the following year, regardless of the competitive GPA for that year. In your pre-professional year, you must apply for Fall 2022 admission to the BCom program by March 1, 2022.

Being an AGA student at the University of Alberta has other great benefits. All AGA students receive a monthly newsletter full of information on programs and opportunities for Bachelor of Commerce students. AGA students are invited to an exclusive set of events run by the Alberta School of Business. This includes a Speaker Series where you can meet your fellow prospective students, chat with current BCom students and find out about exciting opportunities available to you in the BCom program!

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