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Department of French and Francophone Studies

Immersed in the language and cultures of the Francophone World
Develop your fluency in the French language while increasing your understanding of the Francophone culture and its people.

As the first French tertiary-level department in Australia, we have been teaching the French language since 1853. We provide three pathways to a French major (introductory, intermediate, advanced), offering students the language and cultural competency to engage fully with the French and Francophone world.

Understanding and appreciating a different culture and communicating with its members requires thorough knowledge. We believe this can only be achieved by learning the language in its cultural context. In our teaching and research, we specialise in the study of modern and contemporary Francophone culture, society and thought, French and Francophone literature,cinema, visual arts, and socio-linguistics.

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Modern languages and cultures

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When you study language or linguistics with us, you will gain qualities that set you apart – unique communication skills and deep cultural awareness.

Our research 

Our researchers have strengths in a wide range of research areas, including: 

  • Linguistics
  • eLearning
  • Contemporary French history and politics
  • Nineteenth-Century literature and culture
  • Colonial and postcolonial studies
  • Francophone Asia, Franco-Arab studies
  • Modern and contemporary French literature and art
  • Film and media studies
  • World cinema
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Translingual Literature
  • Pedagogy of French as a Foreign Language.


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:

  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Sciences-Po, Paris, France 
  • Université d’Aix-Marseille, France 
  • Université de Genève, Switzerland 
  • Université de Lausanne, Switzerland 
  • Université de Montréal, Canada 
  • Université Grenoble Alpes, France 
  • Université Jean-Moulin 3 Lyon, France
  • Université Paris, France 

Our people

  • Nathalie Camerlynck
  • Corinne Mesana
  • Jacqueline Murguet
  • Eve Nachin
  • Rita Orsini
  • Christel Rome
  • Victoria Souliman


Visit the What's On calendar to see our upcoming events and seminars.

We will be hosting the Federal Association of Teachers of French in Australia and the New South Wales Association of French Teachers Conference from 27 - 29 September 2018. 

Keynote speakers: Michel Boiron, Directeur du CAVILAM, France; Christian Ollivier, Université de la Réunion; Jean-Marc Defays, Directeur de l’Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes, Université de Liège, Belgium and Président de la Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français; and Anne-Marie Morgan, Head, School of Education, University of New England.

Location: New Law School Annexe, University of Sydney


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Department Chair

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Associate Professor Michelle Royer
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School of Languages and Cultures