Bienvenue! the department of French Studies where French has been taught since 1853.

Why study French?

Studying French (or any foreign language) helps you to understand how language works and to develop valuable communicative, organizational, critical and creative skills that are transferable to other areas. Knowing another language opens up a whole new world of cultural experiences and fosters cross-cultural understanding.

Former French Studies students have become diplomats, interpreters, translators, aid workers, event managers, teachers, television presenters, lawyers, journalists, and publicists. In all these jobs, the ability to read and speak French and to understand the culture has been an advantage.

Do an exchange during your degree!

Travel in a foreign country is far more rewarding when you can speak to local residents, make new friends and experience a different culture. The Department of French Studies gives you the opportunity to study abroad for one or two semesters at the most prestigious Francophone universities in France (e.g. Paris, Lyon, Grenoble), Switzerland (Geneva and Lausanne) and Canada (Montreal and Ottawa).

We encourage students of all levels to do an exchange semester during your studies. This life-changing experience boosts your confidence and enhances your fluency in French, as well as giving you credit points that contribute to your degree.

Can’t spend a full semester overseas? You might be able to participate in an intensive short-term program with one of our exchange partners. International Exchange

The exchange experience is also an ideal time to start thinking about Honours in French Studies upon your return. It is a good opportunity to decide on a thesis topic and start your research. Honours

Scholarships are available for both exchange and Honours.

French Studies: language and culture

Understanding and appreciating a different culture and communicating with its members requires thorough knowledge. This can only be achieved by learning the language in its cultural context.

This is how the French Studies program works – helping you develop fluency in the language while increasing your understanding of the Francophone culture and its people.

All units of study use authentic French language material and contemporary methods of teaching, including wide use of technology. Most classes are conducted in French. There are three language streams: Advanced, Intermediate and Beginners. Some cultural units of study give a broad overview of modern France, and others are more specific; senior students can select from areas such as linguistics, social sciences, literature, cinema, and Francophone studies.

We encourage you to consider majoring in French to further your career opportunities or to follow your passion.