Facts & figures
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Facts & figures
Since our inception in 1853, we have a long tradition of teaching and researching French and Francophone studies. We provide three pathways to a French and Francophone major: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Our mission is to teach the French language and provide students with a deep understanding of the literature, culture and history of the French and Francophone worlds.
We are a vibrant community of researchers, teaching staff and students with academic expertise in the fields of modern and contemporary literature, cinema, art, theory, linguistics and translation.
Experience the rich history and cultural diversity of the official language of 29 countries (la Francophonie), spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide.
Our researchers focus on a wide range of research areas, including:
Our exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in France, Switzerland and Canada where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand. Partner institutions include:
We hold regular seminars and events that seek to engage with the French-speaking community at large and provide a platform for new and exciting research in French and Francophone studies.
Visit the School's Events website to see our full listing of upcoming events.
Each semester, we hold monthly research seminar events with presenters from our department including research staff, students and associates, as well as other disciplines within the University of Sydney and external institutions from Australia and beyond.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
When: Wednesdays, 1–2 pm
Check our event calendar for upcoming French Connections seminars.
The Sonia Marks Memorial fund was set up in 1985 to commemorate the life and achievements of Sonia Marks, whose untimely death deprived the University of a much-appreciated teacher and colleague. Each year the fund provides prizes for students from the introductory language stream and a memorial lecture on French and Francophone Studies.
Please check the SLC Events website for our next Sonia Marks Memorial Lecture.
23–25 August 2019
Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.
This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation – giving equal billing to streams in English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Indonesian/Malay and Spanish.