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French degrees abroad

French is one of the key international languages and is native to a number of countries including France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and much of Africa. It’s one of the official working languages of the European community, and is one of the world’s most important languages in terms of speaker numbers and its role in science, industry and international diplomacy.

Studying French abroad will allow you to develop fluent linguistic skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, translating and interpreting the language. Most programs also give you the chance to learn about the society, culture and history of France and other French speaking countries.

You can study French abroad in many countries, and studying in a French speaking country can help you develop your language skills. Most French programs will include time spent studying and living in France or another Francophone country, where you’ll be able to experience the culture and immerse yourself in the language day to day.

French program structure

You can study French as a single honors degree at the undergraduate level as a BA, and in the US it is likely that you will study French as a liberal arts major. Studying abroad for a bachelor’s in French often takes four years, with some time spent studying abroad. A master’s in French will take between one and two years of study.

French degree programs use a range of different learning and teaching styles and methods, including lectures, tutorials and workshops. You’ll get the opportunity to regularly practice your language skills in group and individual presentations, and a large part of your time will be taken up by individual study.

Your progress will be assessed through a combination of written examinations and essays, and some modules will include oral presentations, group work and reports. Most programs will ensure you’re assessed on the four main language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The precise program structure and content will vary depending on the university you attend, but most will be made up of core modules you must study, and a range of electives you can choose from. Some of the subjects you can expect to study include:

  • Beginners French language
  • Advanced French language
  • French literature
  • French translation
  • Evolution of the French language
  • French linguistics
  • Academic skills for language students
  • Modern French culture
  • French history
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What are the top french undergraduate programs abroad?

  • University of Central FloridaFrench and Francophone Studies - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep, May
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    French, Francophone Studies
    Location
    Orlando, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    22,467USD
  • Drury UniversityFrench - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Dec, Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    French
    Location
    Springfield, USA
    Next start date
    December 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    32,500USD
  • Western Washington UniversityFrench - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    French
    Location
    Bellingham, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,562USD
  • California Lutheran UniversityFrench - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    French
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    50,670USD
  • Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International)French (Tempe Campus) - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    French
    Location
    Phoenix, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    34,398USD

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What are the top french postgraduate programs abroad?

  • DePaul UniversityWorld Language Education: French - MEd

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Mar, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Language Education, French
    Location
    Chicago, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    16,680USD
  • Florida Atlantic UniversityLanguages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature: French - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Comparative Literature, French, Linguistics
    Location
    Boca Raton, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,792USD
  • Maynooth UniversityFrench - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    French
    Location
    Maynooth, Ireland
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    16,000EUR
  • Middle Tennessee State UniversityForeign Languages: French - MAT

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    French
    Location
    Murfreesboro, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,172USD
  • DePaul UniversityFrench - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Mar, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    French
    Location
    Chicago, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    18,192USD

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Future french careers

French graduates leave university with a wide range of transferable skills that employers look for, including oral and written skills, independence, research skills and teamwork. Some of the most popular jobs French students go into include:

  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Language teacher
  • Academic researcher
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Journalist

Being able to communicate in French is also a very useful skill in a number of other industries including business and finance. If you’re not sure what career you want to pursue after studying French abroad, your university will be able to help you with career support.

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