French Studies program overview
The French Studies Program offers a major that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.
I started my degree before 2014
Students who already have a knowledge of the French language and are in the French Advanced stream, as well as those who are in the beginners/intermediate stream, can complete a major in French Studies. The requirements are 36 credit points to be taken from senior units of study:
-- Students who completed the first year Introductory Stream should include FRNC2622 or equivalent.
-- Students who completed the first year Intermediate Stream should include FRNC2622 or equivalent.
-- Students in the Advanced Stream should include FRNC3631 or FRNC3634 or equivalent.
Foreign language requirement for major
Apart from the French language component necessarily attained in units of study required for the major, no further language is required.
I started my degree in or after 2014
The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for French Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.
Quick overview: pathways to the major (with CEFR levels)
IMPORTANT NOTE: This table only lists the compulsory language units of study in each Major. You will need additional cultural units of study to complete your Major:
- BEGINNER Major: You need to successfully complete FRNC2625 Textes et Société 1: Identité en France et FRNC2626 Textes et Société 2: Littérature Moderne, ideally in conjunction with FRNC2603 and FRNC2604
- INTERMEDIATE Major: You need to successfully complete FRNC2627 French Contemporary History and Culture et FRNC2628 French Contemporary Text & Culture, ideally in conjunction with FRNC2623 and FRNC2624
- ADVANCED Major: You need to successfully complete 4 cultural units of study. Consult the list of available cultural units on the French Studies site to select the units you are interested in.
For more in-depth information on the French Studies subject area, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, for current year enrolments go to
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - French Studies
For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.
Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.
The department encourages students to spend a period of exchange at an overseas university. The University’s International Exchange Program enables you to undertake approved overseas study, with the credit achieved counting towards your degree at the University of Sydney.
Students may also be interested in applying for scholarships available specifically for the purpose of French exchange.
Comprehensive information about exchange is available at the Student Exchange Office Website. You should also download and read these documents:
Exchange institutions particularly relevant to students studying French are:
- List of French and Swiss destinations
- Université de La Rochelle
- Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris
- Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
- IAE Aix-en-Provence
- Université Jean Moulin- Lyon III
- Université Lumière Lyon 2
- Université Stendhal Genoble
- Université de Lausanne
- University of Ottawa
- McGill University
Academic policies and procedures
The Department follows the policies and procedures set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – for information, follow these links to the requisite Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences pages:
Policies webpage for information on:
- Plagiarism - Satisfactory progress - Late Work - Attendance
Coursework forms contains procedures, and the necessary forms, for amongst others:
- Applying for credit
- Applying for a DNF after the semester deadline
- Applying for Honours
- Applying for a suspension for one or two semesters
- Appealing against a result
Special Consideration webpage for information on:
- Special Consideration - for serious illness or misadventure
- Special Arrangements - for essential community commitments
- Extensions on assessments - for minor illness or misadventure