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)


More information on the CEFR at

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.

International exchange

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:

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