French Studies undergraduate program
The French Studies Program offers a major that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. See below for a quick overview of the major, and follow the link to the Undergraduate Handbook for further information.
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.
Studying in a Francophone country is the best way to improve your French, get to know the country, become more independent and make friends across the globe. The department of French Studies encourages students from Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner streams to spend a period of exchange at an overseas university.
If you enrol in a French Exchange unit of study here at University of Sydney, your studies, if completed successfully, will contribute towards your University of Sydney degree. In order to be eligible for exchange, you generally need a credit average across all of your subjects. The best time to go is after having completed 3 or 4 semesters of French study – but it’s also possible to go later in your degree. We don’t advise you to go any earlier, as it is important to have a sufficiently sound level of French, as well as the maturity necessary to spend an extended period of time away from family and friends. It is possible to study abroad for a year or a semester – this depends on the particular university. See which institutions offer one or two semesters of exchange here
The University of Sydney has exchange agreements with 12 universities in France, 2 Canadian universities whose language of instruction is French (Ottawa and Montréal), and a further 2 in Switzerland (Lausanne and Geneva). Short-term exchange programmes (3 weeks in January or July) have been trialled in the last couple of years, and may be available to you. Refer here for further details.
Normally, study costs are covered by your HECS fees. There are additional costs for accommodation, student union fees and general living. There are scholarships and government loan schemes available to help cover these costs as well as a special exchange scholarship for French Studies.
It’s important to start thinking about exchange a year before you intend to go away.
Your first point of contact is Sydney Abroad/International Services at University of Sydney.
Sydney Abroad also runs Exchange information sessions on a regular basis during each semester.
The new Sydney Abroad Brochure database is an excellent resource via which you can search potential host institutions. There is a separate digital information page for each partner university; you can search via the map or browse the list of partner institutions for the whole University; be aware that the Francophone institutions are mostly listed under U for Université. You can also use the “Simple Search” tab on this site to search for a particular university. The links below also provide direct access to Francophone universities, and also suggest subjects taken by other students that might interest you; the lists of subjects are not exhaustive.
Once you have attended an Exchange Information session and have decided on your destination, you can apply online via Sydney Student; the application packs are distributed at the Exchange Information sessions.
Once you have been accepted for exchange you will need to contact the academic advisors for international exchange students in the department of French Studies, in order to have your subjects approved. The following documents will help you prepare for a meeting with your academic advisor:
We strongly encourage you to consider exchange for a life-changing experience that will potentially shape your present and future more than any other: "Close your eyes and jump, all initial doubts and fears fade into insignificance, overwhelmed by new experiences, new thoughts, new friends and new worlds."
Georgos S.P, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law - University of Cyprus.
Exchange institutions particularly relevant to students studying French are:
- École normale supérieure de Cachan
- Université d’Aix-Marseille
- Université d’Orléans
- Université de La Rochelle
- Université Denis-Diderot (Paris VII)
- Université François Rabelais Tours
- Université Jean-Moulin 3 Lyon
- Université Lumière Lyon 2
- Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne
- Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV
- Université Stendhal Grenoble
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